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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

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 58%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's fun for about 15 minutes seeing Neeson do James Bond as Daddy Dangerous. But the surprise wears off quickly."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"[Neeson's] performance is the most perturbing thing in the film, even more so than its electrical-torture sequence or its revelations about sex-trafficking."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"As Kim, Maggie Grace is a bit old to convincingly portray a boppy underage teenager, although she appears to be giving her best to a one-dimensional role that essentially disappears during the movie's slam-bang midsection."
‑ Neil Pond, American Profile
"It's so awesome to see Liam Neeson taking out the trash in pursuit of his prized child."
‑ Dave White, Movies.com
"Taken is a fast-paced, high-octane action movie that ... doesn't take very many detours into soul-searching melancholy."
‑ Sonny Bunch, Washington Times
"You've just kidnapped the wrong teenager, Mister Foreign Slave Trader Man."
‑ Richard Roeper, Richard Roeper.com
"It's the big, dolorous Neeson who makes the movie a keeper."
‑ David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Neeson stars in the sort of part Harrison Ford would have gotten ten or fifteen years ago."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"In Taken viewers are introduced to a new side of Irish actor Liam Neeson, one that is relentless and likes to hit criminals in the throat -- a lot."
‑ Tyler Hanley, Palo Alto Weekly
"I liked it, but don't expect the unexpected in this French action thriller -- especially in an ending that is about as predictable as a Pine Sol commercial."
‑ Clay Cane, BET.com
"Taken is the kind of exploitative junk everyone expects from no-talent French hack Luc Besson."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"Don't be taken in by Taken."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"The dialogue is functional at best, Bryan's motives are basic; it's all apt for this bare-knuckle punch of an action movie."
‑ Stella Papamichael, Digital Spy
"Though the film takes some time to get going, once Neeson arrives in Paris, the 91-minute runtime flies by like its stuck on fast-forward."
‑ Jason Zingale, Bullz-Eye.com
"It's got all the attributes of a guilty pleasure - excitement, some undeniably enjoyable scenes and the absence of what it needs to be more memorable and more substantial."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
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