Friday, May 22, 2009

Friday Flicks: Taken

Taken (2008)

About the Movie: Former government operative Bryan Mills begins the longest 96-hours of his life--and the hunt for the fearsome organization that has taken his daughter Kim. Mills had only recently given up his government career as what he calls a "preventer" to be near Kim, who lives with Bryan's ex-wife Lenore and her new husband. To make ends meet, Bryan joins some former colleagues for special security details (like guarding a pop diva), but most of his time and energy are spent re-connecting with Kim. Bryan's familial goal is nearly derailed when Kim requests his permission to spend time in Paris with a friend. All too aware of the dangers that could lie ahead for Kim in a foreign land, Bryan says no, but Kim's disappointment leads him to very reluctantly relent. Bryan's worst fears are realized when Kim and her friend Amanda are suddenly abducted--in broad daylight--from the Paris apartment at which they've just arrived. Moments before Kim is dragged away by the as yet unseen and unknown assailants, she manages to phone Bryan, who begins to expertly piece together clues that will take him to the darkness of Paris's underworld, and to the City of Light's plushest mansions. He will face nightmares worse than anything he experienced in black ops--and let nothing and no one stop him from saving his daughter.

From me: I can sum up this movie in one word: traumatic. This is a very hard movie to watch, especially if you are a parent. There is alot, alot of violence. Surprisingly, not a whole lot of sex or inappropriate dress at all, given the subject of the movie. While worth watching, be prepared. After watching Taken, I walked away feeling like I had been there myself and, days later, I am still feeling the effects of watching the movie. While Noah (3yo) was around when I watched Taken, I strongly suggest that children not be present. He picked up on all the shooting/killing and I had to have a talk with him afterwards about what we are allowed to shoot with our "guns" (animals for food and targets for practice - never people).


Kristie said...

Just reading about it gave me chills! It seems like a movie Rich would like to see, so maybe we will rent it one of these nights. :-)

Jess said...

I thought Taken was actually quite good for an action film. Very disturbing subject matter though.