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TAKEN

Bryan (Liam Neeson), a former secret agent living in the US, reluctantly lets his 17-year-old daughter Kim (Maggie Grace, "Lost") go on holiday to Paris with a friend. Upon arrival in Paris, the two girls meet a seemingly nice young man who turns out to be a member of an Albanian crime syndicate, promptly kidnapping and forcing them into prostitution. Bryan must rely on his old skills in order to rescue his daughter from the slave trade.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: NC16
Release Date: 16 Apr 2009
Genre: Action / Thriller
Running Time: 1 Hour 34 Minutes
Distributor: CATHAY-KERIS FILMS
Cast: Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen, Xander Berkeley, Katie Cassidy
Director: Pierre Morel
Format: NA

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Writer: Nur Safina Othman

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Watch this if you liked: "Bourne Identity", "Bond", "Trade"

If you thought "Taken" is just like any other typical action-thriller movie, you are going to be wrong. Enjoyable from beginning to end, it is no wonder this movie was No.1 in America when it opened back in January.

"I will find you and I will kill you" - with lines like this, it's not difficult to guess what kind of movie this is. We follow a Bryan Mills (Liam Nesson), an ex-government agent who receives a call from his daughter, Kim (Maggie Grace) as she is being kidnapped by Albanian sex-traffickers while on vacation in Paris. With all his intelligence training, weapon knowledge and fighting skills, he tracks down the abductors to find his beloved daughter and return to his ex-wife, Lenore (Famke Janssen).

Liam Nesson ("Love Actually", "Batman Begins") does a great job this movie. He plays the anti-hero, the kind of role that always works for him. Fighting for his daughter throughout this movie, anyone can feel for his character. As for Kim played by Maggie Grace ("The Fog", "Suburban Girl"), she is a little annoying in this movie - whiny, immature and at times even laughable.

All the action scenes in this film are well-staged and really exciting to watch. It never stops! The torture and fight scenes are well thought out. The movie has no outrageous divergences and it is easy to understand.

Directed by Pierre Morel, "Taken" is definitely one of the best action movies lately. Even those who are not fans of the action genre will not be offended, as it is very well made. If you are tired of complicated action movies that leave you scratching your head, you should probably watch this!

Cinema Online, 18 March 2009
   
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Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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