Movie: Taken

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by ethical, Apr 16, 2009.

  1. ethical macrumors 68000

    Dec 22, 2007
    I just finished watching the movie Taken starring Liam Neeson. Overall, I'd say a pretty good movie. Keeps you awake and isn't short of action. Aside from the predictable ending from the begining I think it's terrifying to think that this sort of thing really does happen!

    Now I know it's obviously not every-day happenings, but what's depicted in that movie really does happen. It's really quite scary to think about. Anyone else seen it? What's your opinion?
  2. Dagless macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Fighting to stay in the EU
    I really enjoyed it, that scene when she gets kidnapped was incredible. I don't think I had ever been so gripped to a film before. The ending was total bleh though, but most of the run up was great. A shame they don't make these kind of typical 80's/90's action films anymore.
  3. wvuwhat macrumors 65816


    Sep 26, 2007
    I really enjoyed this movie and will be picking it up on Blu-Ray the first day it comes out.
  4. BoyBach macrumors 68040


    Feb 24, 2006
    Taken was nonsense. Thoroughly enjoyable nonsense, but nonsense nonetheless!
  5. jarjarblinks macrumors 6502


    Nov 15, 2008
    Love it too. The hand to hand combat was fantastic. Great choreographing job there!
  6. TSE macrumors 68030

    Jun 25, 2007
    St. Paul, Minnesota
    Liam did a great job as the lead actor, while yeah the ending sucked horribly, I loved the movie overall. I don't go to these movies for the in-depth storyline or effects, I go to these movies to see some serious asskicking.
  7. toolbox macrumors 68020


    Oct 6, 2007
    Australia (WA)
    I enjoyed watching this, yes the ending sucked. But i will be picking this up when i get a chance too
  8. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
  9. epyfa macrumors regular

    Feb 21, 2009
    You're so right! And it even sounds good :D
  10. Demosthenes X macrumors 68000

    Demosthenes X

    Oct 21, 2008
    Perfectly true. And I love it nonetheless, because it never pretended to be anything else. Unlike, say, the Bourne trilogy, which pretends to be something more (and fails miserably, I might add!), Taken is an honest-to-goodness action film, with plenty of violence and well-executed fight scenes along the way.

    It reminds me a little of Lethal Weapon. They were never good movies, but they were fun and delivered exactly what they promised: lots of action. Movies don't need to be deep and philosophical in order to be worth watching. Sometimes a movie just needs to be entertainment, and that's something that Taken delivers in spades.

    I didn't mind the ending. I thought the climactic fight scene was a bit lame, only because the villain was a nobody and not a "final boss". But I did enjoy the no-time-wasted, simple execution of the bad guy at the very end. In real life there's no epic duel between the hero and villain, and too many movies rely too much on that imo. The somewhat anticlimactic bullet in the head worked for me.
  11. mscriv macrumors 601


    Aug 14, 2008
    Dallas, Texas
    Great movie and Liam did a good job. A straight no nonsense pissed off man on a mission kind of film. The phone scene was great, especially his dialogue with the kidnapper and the simple reply of "Good Luck," chilling and brilliant. And then when he finally meets him in the kitchen scene. The tension that builds in that scene is awesome. The whole time you can't decide if he's just gathering intel or is he actually gonna take on the whole group. Very satisfying action flick in my opinion.
  12. yorkshire macrumors 6502a


    May 18, 2008
    I too loved the phone scene and the intense scene in the kitchen.
    "I will search for you, and I will find you...and I will kill you"

    A great line!

    I also just realised that the girl who is kidnapped is Shannon from Lost, although she looks much younger in this considering it was filmed about 4 years after she did Lost.
  13. ethical thread starter macrumors 68000

    Dec 22, 2007
    I think the idea the story was based on was good, and quite scary in that it happens...the action was brilliant especially the kitchen scene! What annoyed me though is that he simply returned to America with what seemed to be no ramifications for his actions!? He killed dozens of men, shot an unarmed woman and generally screwed up Paris for 2 days :p
  14. Markleshark macrumors 603


    Aug 15, 2006
    Carlisle, Up Norf!
  15. allmIne macrumors 6502a


    Sep 17, 2008
    United Kingdom
    Aw now come on, the Bourne movies didn't fail! The collated reviews at Rotten Tomato average 82% for Bourne Identity, 81% for Bourne Supremacy and 93% for Ultimatum! If the movie had failed in its premise, the reviewers would never have been so generous; they're usually a cynical bunch who'll review negatively given half a chance.

    Taken was great; Liam Neeson kicked ass so hard!
  16. tjcampbell macrumors 6502a


    Aug 14, 2006
    "Taken" is not nonsense nor brainless.

    It is f@#king genius. One of the best action films ever.

    Nonsense is crap like "Disaster Movie, "The Village" and "88 Minutes." In fact I've seen porno movies with more interesting plot lines then "88 Minutes."

    Watch Taken people, it's the money baby.
  17. epyfa macrumors regular

    Feb 21, 2009
    I think when they talk about nonsense it just means that it is not highly intellectual but rather easy to watch.
  18. fireshot91 macrumors 601


    Jul 31, 2008
    Northern VA
  19. Demosthenes X macrumors 68000

    Demosthenes X

    Oct 21, 2008
    The Bourne trilogy was very successful, yes. I've no idea why - they, especially the latter two, were awful films. Two hours of a guy running around and some more guys running after him. Utter tosh, in my opinion.

    Of course, that's just my opinion. Plenty of people seemed to like them, for some reason. :D
  20. michael.lauden macrumors 68020


    Dec 25, 2008
    i'd have to say that Taken was a great 'Man' movie. too bad my girlfriend wouldn't go and see it with me in theaters. it's a little different on a 13.3" screen :)
  21. Kardashian macrumors 68020


    Sep 4, 2005
    Downloading this now.

    I just watched "The Spirit". Absolutely horrific.

    I watched it for an hour and had to turn it off.

    Maybe Comic Book geeks will like it - I hated it.
  22. spoon man macrumors 6502a

    spoon man

    Jul 8, 2007
    I saw this film last year sometime i thought it was pretty impressive film Mr Neeson kicks some ass in that film.
  23. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    I love how the plot doesn't get in the way of the ass-kicking. They didn't try to dress this up into something it isn't. It was all about kicking ass and taking names.
  24. Ryan1524 macrumors 68000


    Apr 9, 2003
    Canada GTA
  25. jarjarblinks macrumors 6502


    Nov 15, 2008
    One thing I will like to clarify -

    Liam's 3 other buddies who were his ex CIA operatives. Are they still with CIA or freelancing now? I kinda missed that part and the fact that the buddy could actually still dig out all the intel about the trafficking group seems dubious. But its just part of the enjoyment of the show I guess, going along and accepting it.

    I think the fact that the show dsnt try to have any over the top sequences or have some incredible feat that the average person will find it hard to do - like jumping 50 storeys to another building. This makes the viewer bond with the character as it really is about a father who wants to get his daughter back. That's the priceless bit, and not some super spy on a secret mission to steal the unfathomable sciences of Mars while piloting an aeroplane over the Antarctic and subseqently ramming a tank through hotel lobby or something like that.

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