No, Taken was not directed by Luc Beeson but he did wrote and produced it, it was actually Pierre Morel (The Transporter and Transporter 2) who helmed the movie. But the movie was an awesome thriller that will make you feel how livid it is to lose a child to vicious kidnappers who are also into human trafficking. The movie was several notches up from the Transporter film series because it’s uncommon and it creates an awareness about our moral responsibility in doing what we can to stop human trafficking.
It cost €19 million or approximately US$26.5 million to make the movie, but it grossed to more than 11 times in the box office at $226,830,568 worldwide. These are excellent figures for any movie studio executive and 20th Century Fox in cooperation with EuropaCorp has already made a sequel entitled “Taken 2” that’s slated for release this fall on October 5, 2012.
The movie was originally released back in February 27, 2008 in Europe, then on the 30th of January 2009 in the U.S., but it came later on March 11, 2009 in the Philippines. I never got the chance to see it in cinemas because the marketing campaigns of other films overshadowed it, but when I read the reviews and seeing Liam Neeson (who is one of my favorite actors in Hollywood by the way) had taken on the lead role, I was like “why the hell did I traded this movie for Crank 2?” It just felt like I wasted my money on a dumb down film, but it was my fault because I wasn’t paying attention and I should have made some research on Neeson’s films also. But thanks to IMDb now I can be updated on all of my favorite actors and the upcoming movies that they are involved in.
The movie is about an ex CIA (Central Intelligence Agency U.S.A.) agent Brian Mills (Liam Neeson) who gave up his job to make up for the lost time with his daughter Kim (Maggie Grace) since his divorce with his wife Lenore (Famke Janssen). Kim being underage barely 17 years old had wanted to go on a holiday trip to France with her friend Amanda (Katie Cassidy). She also needed her parent’s consent, Lenore agreed but Brian is a bit hesitant because he’s been to France before or more correctly speaking he has been there doing his job as a CIA agent and he knows that the place is crawling all over with bad guys and he doesn’t want his daughter going there on her own. Later on he reluctantly agreed but found out that Kim wasn’t just going to France but will follow the concert tour of U2 all over Europe. Furious as he was he had no choice but to let his daughter go but it was a good thing that he maintained constant communication with her.
Then his worst nightmare happened his daughter was taken by a group of unknown men and will do God knows what to her. He did all he could to try and talk his daughter through it but to no avail, because the kidnappers got to her later on. Now he is on a desperate mission to find his daughter and get her back unharmed and according to his friends he only had 48 hours before she gets sold as a sex slave. After many years being a retired government agent he is mobilized once again and his determination is relentless, if he has to he’ll turn France upside down just to get his daughter back; and that’s exactly what he did.
Luc Beeson is an amazing writer when he staged the plot of the movie, taking the main character through hoops of action and drama that will let you see how lethal an angry father with an assassin’s skills can be. Brian was able to take down an entire criminal organization and even killing the mob boss who controls the whole operation, they will have to start from scratch if they want to raise their criminal organization again. What transpired at the end of the movie provided the plot for the sequel and this time around it puts him and his entire family in danger. The first movie was a hit, let’s see if Beeson can bring back the action and drama that he gave us 4 years ago.