An ex-soldier (Liam Neeson) traveling through Europe embarks on a frantic quest to rescue his daughter (Maggie Grace) after the young girl is abducted by slave traders in District B13 director Pierre Morel's contemporary thriller Taken. Robert Mark Kamen joins the screenwriting team, which also includes Morel and longtime collaborator Luc Besson, who also produces. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
If you're at all interested in watching "Taken," then you know the plot: Liam Neeson's daughter is kidnapped in Paris, and he uses his training and experience as a retired foreign-service officer (not the CIA) to hunt down the kidnappers and rescue his daughter. Neeson makes the stock character different and believable; imagine James Bond with no social graces and a quota of dead bodies. Hehas no qualms about abusing his friends and the few helpers he employs. Some of his skills and tricks are ingenious, but others--being immune to bullets, outrunning a Mercedes in the streets of Paris--are just too far removed from reality. The plot isn't fussy about believability, and towards the end it abandons believability altogether. If you can avoid questioning some of the premises until after the movie is over, you'll probably enjoy it.