02/02/2009

TAKEN (a review) -


There is always an initial fear when you watch a Luc Besson film. One wonders if the French uber-producer and once husband of Mila Jovovitch will continue to turn hit and miss? Well thankfully his latest actioner (now on DVD) has proved to be a good (perhaps excellent) flick for a relative newcomer to action films; the controlled and always enjoyable Liam Neeson. (Batman Begins and Rob Roy aside?)

“Taken” is a very simply written and easily followed film. Liam Neeson is an “ex-Langley preventer”, or Spy if you prefer, who is now running an easy life in civilian street in an effort to be closer to his spoilt brat daughter. Completely unsubtle film making aside (Neeson buys her a Karaoke Machine, her strep dad buys her horse ----one nil to step dad…..) The flick comes into its own when Neeson goes after the kidnappers who have taken his daughter. Nothing I guess the trailer does not already reveal)

That really is the plot. Set up bearably in the first 20-30 minutes of the film.

Neeson and this film come into their own when they both demonstrate a subtly for fight choreography and physical acting that Neeson has never stretched before. The film manages to run very quickly and much of the success can be put down to the great photography of the relatively unknown (in the UK) Michel Abramowicz, and the ultra realistic fight choreography of Olivier Schneider. The film is heavily influenced by the Bourne/Bond style of fighting, but I would argue the mid shots and camera work actually make the action more easy to follow.

Not since Jack Bauer (the film works like a shortened 24), has a hero had the skill and energy to fight like this. It would have been great if Van Damme had played a movie like this, but alas no, and Neeson proves that the older generation can mix it up on screen very effectively. Neeson is cold, brutal and completely single minded to get back his daughter.

Have a look at the trailer.


21 comments:

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  2. ooo great site newman! i like this, i can come to you before i head out to the movies. :) lovely to have u stop by my blog!! visit again soon and look forward to more of your comments floating around my place hehe.

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  3. Watched it, was quite cool, but felt something was missing.

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  4. I thought this looked pretty good so I'm glad to hear you give it a good review.

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  5. Haven't caught it, but when I first saw the trailer I was like, GROAN! But then I realized that this is a movie that knows what it is and isn't ashamed that it's just a straight-forward, roundhouse kicking, karate chop blocking, little old action flick. I can respect that.

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  6. I liked the movie, though when I heard Neeson was in it, I expected something a bit more cerebral - not that I minded his 'Bourne' impersonation - he was good. Didn't like the bit where he was captured, too easy a getaway.

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  7. yeah the escape scene was average (bit roger moore stylee) but glad to see neeson could do the film, and enjoy the destruction!

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  8. i actually really want to see this.
    i am a big fan of liam nelson! love him.

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  9. My husband and I rather enjoyed it. Neeson was rather natural as a kick ass fighter guy.

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  10. Mmm, I do like cold brutality. And Liam Neeson. Thanks for the review!

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  11. It was a good movie, not great. This movie did stand out from all the other sex trade films that have been made.

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  12. I loved the movie. But sort of didn't even want him to rescue the girl. She was such a brat. And don't even get me started on his ex-wife.

    But Neeson was AWESOME. I loved watching him kick ass!

    Nice review.

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  13. yeah he was fantastic, your right about the mum and the daughter -

    newman

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  14. i've been dying to see this. it better be freakin good. wait... what is susi spice doing over here?

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  15. glad we atrracted a spice girl!
    newman

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  16. I loved the movie. But sort of didn't even want him to rescue the girl. She was such a brat. And don't even get me started on his ex-wife.

    But Neeson was AWESOME. I loved watching him kick ass!

    Nice review.

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  17. Mmm, I do like cold brutality. And Liam Neeson. Thanks for the review!

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  18. yeah the escape scene was average (bit roger moore stylee) but glad to see neeson could do the film, and enjoy the destruction!

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