"Taken"

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"Taken"

Post by Guitarist » Sat Feb 14, 2009 7:44 pm

This movie is certainly aptly named: I got "taken" for $15.50 (luckily just two matinee "bargain" tickets) and 90 minutes of my time! What a mindless, poorly written, poorly acted piece of junk. The previews make it look like a psychological thriller--wrong! I'm willing to suspend logic here and there, such as in the Bourne movies, but I can't check my brain at the door for the duration of the movie. This thing has so many loopholes that several Mac trucks would have difficulty filling them. Liam Neeson is reduced to a one-man killing machine, and he should be ashamed to have his name associated with this drivel. What a waste of talent. Avoid!
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Re: "Taken"

Post by IcedNote » Sat Feb 14, 2009 9:44 pm

Aw, damn! That's disappointing to hear, because I was really looking forward to seeing it. You're right; the previews make the movie look fantastic! Give an award to the editor then, hey?

Maybe I'll just wait for Netflix...

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Re: "Taken"

Post by Madame » Sun Feb 15, 2009 2:15 am

It is disappointing to see such a fine actor's energies wasted in poor films. He was unforgettable in Rob Roy, Michael Collins, Schindler's List --

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Re: "Taken"

Post by DavidRoss » Sun Feb 15, 2009 6:01 am

I'm so tired of being taken as Guitarist was that I rarely go to the cinema any more unless I'm just looking to kill some time by getting out of the house, in which case it's usually a matter of choosing among a number of less than promising options. Taken will move to the "maybe on DVD" list (where it will have a lot of company!), thank you.
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Re: "Taken"

Post by Ralph » Wed Feb 18, 2009 2:03 pm

Well, here's a dissenting view. I saw "Taken" when it came out but was too busy to review it.

I thoroughly liked the film. Unlike the glittering Bond flicks with their high tech toys, femme fatales and ridiculous international plots, "Taken" deals with white slavery with characters that are interesting. Liam Nesson is a retired CIA operative who quit the agency to spend more time with his daughter after his marriage crumbled.

He's a bit of a helicopter parent but in this story his almost obsessive caution is disregarded, setting the stage for a fast paced adventure, mostly in Paris.

To find and rescue his teenaged daughter he does some righteous killing and most in the audience can cheer as each scumbag goes down.

This kind of movie doesn't ever rank as great - the question is whether it's good entertainment. On that scale, Taken" is a solid "A-."
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Re: "Taken"

Post by Guitarist » Fri Feb 20, 2009 12:42 am

Ralph wrote: This kind of movie doesn't ever rank as great - the question is whether it's good entertainment. On that scale, Taken" is a solid "A-."
I find it hard to be entertained when the script reads like something an 8th grader wrote for extra credit (not to mention the ludicrous plot and wooden acting). Oh well, to each his own. (At least you did like "Gran Torino"!) :wink:

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Re: "Taken"

Post by Lance » Sun Feb 22, 2009 2:14 pm

My brother and I went to see Taken on Friday night. I didn't know it, but my sister in Atlanta also saw the film the same night. We were all positively delighted with the film. I thought Liam Neeson did a spectacular job of acting. I loved the story line, the car chase, and what happened on the boat in the final sequence. It was an entirely entertaining evening. Seeing this kind of film gets your mind off all the problems of the day. I would see it again and highly recommend it.
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Re: "Taken"

Post by daydreamer8927 » Wed Apr 15, 2009 11:27 am

I really enjoyed Taken. I thought it was a really good film actually. Liam Neeson did a really good job with the acting and the storyline of the film was really good. I really enjoyed how he got himself out of all the situations that were handed to him too :)

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Re: "Taken"

Post by daydreamer8927 » Mon Apr 20, 2009 5:42 pm

:( too bad i wanted to see it

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Re: "Taken"

Post by DavidRoss » Wed May 13, 2009 6:52 am

Saw it yesterday on DVD and was not disappointed--it delivered exactly what I expected from the promotional materials, holds its own with the Bourne trilogy, same genre & similar style. Still, the ex-CIA field agent rescuing kidnapping victim movie I like best is Tony Scott's Man on Fire with Denzel Washington.
"Most men, including those at ease with problems of the greatest complexity, can seldom accept even the simplest and most obvious truth if it would oblige them to admit the falsity of conclusions which they have delighted in explaining to colleagues, which they have proudly taught to others, and which they have woven, thread by thread, into the fabric of their lives." ~Leo Tolstoy

"It is the highest form of self-respect to admit our errors and mistakes and make amends for them. To make a mistake is only an error in judgment, but to adhere to it when it is discovered shows infirmity of character." ~Dale Turner

"Anyone who doesn't take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either." ~Albert Einstein
"Truth is incontrovertible; malice may attack it and ignorance may deride it; but, in the end, there it is." ~Winston Churchill

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Re: "Taken"

Post by EarlyCuyler » Wed May 13, 2009 2:11 pm

I really enjoyed the movie. I go to movies to be entertained. Period. I get documentaries when I want to learn. I also really enjoyed the plot. I also really liked Gran Torino. I do wish however the situation had been resolved in a different way. Its fun seeing old men beat some punk's asses. Maybe i'm a Neanderthal, but I enjoy this kind of movie.

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Re: "Taken"

Post by IcedNote » Fri May 29, 2009 1:59 am

I just saw it via Netflix. I'm a fan. 8)

Then again, I had no idea Luc Besson was behind it. "The Professional" was great, too.

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Re: "Taken"

Post by DavidRoss » Fri May 29, 2009 9:45 am

IcedNote wrote: "The Professional" was great, too.
I had some idea what to expect from that, having been wowed previously by La Femme Nikita, but it blew me away when it was released and still commands my attention and admiration whenever I see it. Too bad Besson has slid downhill from there. The Messenger was one of the most disappointing piles of dreck ever committed to celluloid.
"Most men, including those at ease with problems of the greatest complexity, can seldom accept even the simplest and most obvious truth if it would oblige them to admit the falsity of conclusions which they have delighted in explaining to colleagues, which they have proudly taught to others, and which they have woven, thread by thread, into the fabric of their lives." ~Leo Tolstoy

"It is the highest form of self-respect to admit our errors and mistakes and make amends for them. To make a mistake is only an error in judgment, but to adhere to it when it is discovered shows infirmity of character." ~Dale Turner

"Anyone who doesn't take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either." ~Albert Einstein
"Truth is incontrovertible; malice may attack it and ignorance may deride it; but, in the end, there it is." ~Winston Churchill

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Re: "Taken"

Post by karlhenning » Fri May 29, 2009 10:54 am

DavidRoss wrote:. . . Still, the ex-CIA field agent rescuing kidnapping victim movie I like best is Tony Scott's Man on Fire with Denzel Washington.
Oh, that is now in the queue. Denzel is always a treat.

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Re: "Taken"

Post by IcedNote » Fri May 29, 2009 4:48 pm

DavidRoss wrote:The Messenger was one of the most disappointing piles of dreck ever committed to celluloid.
I wrote a paper on that movie for a film criticism class...and I couldn't agree more. I had to watch it several times in order to prepare the essay. :(

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Re: "Taken"

Post by IcedNote » Fri May 29, 2009 4:49 pm

karlhenning wrote:
DavidRoss wrote:. . . Still, the ex-CIA field agent rescuing kidnapping victim movie I like best is Tony Scott's Man on Fire with Denzel Washington.
Oh, that is now in the queue. Denzel is always a treat.

Cheers,
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I really enjoyed that one, too. 8)

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Re: "Taken"

Post by Fergus » Sat May 30, 2009 10:13 am

I also enjoyed Taken. Although sections of it were not credible I thought that the subject matter and the way that it was handled were a little bit different than the norm....and that cannot be a bad thing really.

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Re: "Taken"

Post by Corlyss_D » Sun May 31, 2009 9:37 pm

Man on Fire was much more credible and better made on the same premise. A pre-pubescent girl not the cause of her own problems is infinitely more appealling than a spoiled brat teenager who lied to her parents about what she was going to do on her summer vacation, sets out ambiguously to get laid by a rock star, and lands up getting kidnapped for the sex slave trade. I personally was rooting for the kidnappers.
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Re: "Taken"

Post by maskedman » Mon Jun 01, 2009 4:07 pm

Corlyss_D wrote:Man on Fire was much more credible and better made on the same premise. A pre-pubescent girl not the cause of her own problems is infinitely more appealling than a spoiled brat teenager who lied to her parents about what she was going to do on her summer vacation, sets out ambiguously to get laid by a rock star, and lands up getting kidnapped for the sex slave trade. I personally was rooting for the kidnappers.
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If I am not mistaken it was not her but her girlfriend who wanted to get laid by the rock star...Anyway, I found this movie to be too far fetched. Maybe I was expecting something more. I always try to avoid movies that make me park my brains at the curb....Bottom line, if you want to kill an hour and half without having to think, this is there.....

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