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action & adventure, drama, thrillers

When his estranged daughter is kidnapped in Paris, a former spy (Liam Neeson) sets out to find her at any cost.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 14
2 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
4 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
4 out of 5

Violent, disturbing rescue/revenge thriller isn't for kids.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this "hard PG-13" thriller seems just a drop of blood or two away from an R rating. Not only is there a great deal of violence, but a disturbing subplot centers on young women being kidnapped into the seedy world of sex slavery. The themes of revenge, vigilantism, sex and drug trafficking, and international political corruption are too intense for young audiences. Language is moderate ("s--t," "a--hole"), but drug use is widespread (though not a lot of actual use is shown on camera), and characters also drink and smoke.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about what makes this PG-13-rated movie different from R-rated films.
  • Is the violence less graphic or upsetting? Why or why not? What impact does seeing this kind of violence have on teens?
  • Families can also discuss the ethical and moral lines that characters cross in the movie. Are Bryan's actions justified because he finds his daughter?
  • Kim and her friend partially to blame for their perilous dilemma? What mistakes did they make?
  • How are Americans portrayed in the film (versus Europeans)?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Neeson's] performance is the most perturbing thing in the film, even more so than its electrical-torture sequence or its revelations about sex-trafficking.

- Anthony Lane, New Yorker, Monday, February 2, 2009


- Ben Kenigsberg, Time Out, Thursday, November 17, 2011

Fresh: With some suspension of disbelief and a strong stomach, it's possible to get taken in, or at least absorbed, by this adrenaline-pumping action thriller.

- Claudia Puig, USA Today, Friday, January 30, 2009

Audience Reviews

4 stars

"I don't know who you are, I don't know what you want, but if you don't let my daughter go, I will find you and I WILL KILL YOU"......One of the coolest quotes in any movie, and definitely one of my favorites. The film definitely has a lot of action, great suspense, and an overall great storyline. The ratings here on RT do not do this film ANY justice; I thought it was a great mystery/suspense film that I would recommend to anyone.

- fb729949618, Friday, June 22, 2012

5 stars

Amazing movie, with the best quote ever! 'I don't Know Who You Are, I don't Know what you want, But If you Don't let My Daughter Go, I Will Find You And I WILL KILL YOU' I Love that quote so much! An amazing movie, powerful, rich and just fantastic! Liam Neeson is superb choice as the leading man and he did a fantastic job! Its explosive and action packed and a great job on Luc Besson part who i love also and this is one of his bettter written scripts! I would recommend this movie to everyone!

- FiLmCrAzY, Thursday, May 3, 2012

3 stars

TAKEN wasn't as great a thriller as I seem to be hearing. Without a few missteps, it would have been a flawless action movie. The major step it takes in the wrong direction is the fact that the script and one of the central characters (Kim) seemed a little too out of line. Maggie Grace portrays Kim as if she were celebrating her twelfth birthday, not her seventeenth. It's also the fault of the script for making her a character who has aspired to be a singer since she was five years old. Honestly, how many people wish to pursue the same dream in their teen years as they did in their early childhoods? It also brought me into somewhat explosive laughter when her cell phone was ringing in her purse, and the contact name showed up as "Daddy". She seems to below her age in this movie that I can't imagine her eventuating as a prostitute. READ THE ENTIRE REVIEW OF THE EXTENDED CUT:

- spielberg00, Thursday, April 5, 2012