Taken (Extended Cut)

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7.81 h 33 min200918+
Get even more pulse-pounding action in this special extended cut of Taken! When his estranged daughter is kidnapped in Paris, a former spy (Liam Neeson) sets out to find her at any cost. Relying on his special skills, he tracks down the ruthless gang that abducted her and launches a one-man war to bring them to justice and rescue his daughter.
Directors
Pierre Morel
Starring
Liam NeesonFamke JanssenLeland Orser
Genres
SuspenseDramaAction
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
EnglishEnglish [Audio Description]
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ProfessorReviewed in the United States on July 1, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Ridiculously silly
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Super human Liam Neeson kills 35 people, beats the crap out of dozens more, steals cars, causes car crashes, makes a building blow up, and jumps through lots of windows, all to save his daughter, who has been snatched in Paris by Albanian traffickers. It's a lot of fuss over a spoiled, stupid little brat. But of course, it's the old heart rendering father / daughter routine.
That's about it.
Liam Neeson can actually do more than beat up and kill people and wreck cars. Check out _A Walk Among the Tombstones_, 2014. He does some real acting in that one. But he can't resist these action flick paychecks.
12 people found this helpful
JakeReviewed in the United States on December 4, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Classic action
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Classic dumb action movie. I'd give the actual movie 5 stars, but the version that is available on Amazon is unfinished. There's sound design missing in places and some scenes are cut short or altered.

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For instance, when the main character is questioning/torturing Marko in most releases of this film, he stabs nails into his legs and wires them to the building's electricity. In this version he electrifies the chair. In normal releases, when he kills Patrice Saint-Clair, he empties his pistol into his body in the elevator. In the Amazon version he shoots him once. There were multiple other similar changes.

It's like they tried to make the film less violent, but didn't actually change the rating (Taken was always PG13). Did some googling and apparently Amazon has done this with other movies, even releasing production versions in a few instances. Basically poor quality control.

Still a good movie, but I'd watch it on another platform.
5 people found this helpful
joel wingReviewed in the United States on August 23, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Don't make this dad mad
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Who knew this movie would create an entire franchise? Liam Neeson plays Bryan Mills. He was a former CIA field agent. His daughter Kim (Maggie Grace) goes to Europe and gets kidnapped by a criminal gang. The story is about Mills using his “special set of skills” to get her back.

The story begins by making Mills a sympathetic character. He’s a bit down and out as an ex-agent. His wife divorced him because of his career. He’s trying to create a relationship with his daughter, but it’s difficult. At the same time he’s completely paranoid and sees the world as one big threat, which makes him opposed to his daughter’s trip to France. His fears are realized when Kim is taken.

The rest of the movie shows that Mills is a bad ass father. He gets to talk to one of the kidnappers and gives his famous speech about his skill set and that he’s going to track down the criminals and kill them. That’s what the rest of the film is about in an action packed cat and mouse chase across Paris.

Because this was the first film in the series it was still new and fresh and very good action film.
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9 people found this helpful
Sara K.Reviewed in the United States on October 1, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
A movie you can watch over and over
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Talk about suspense!!! This is one of my all time favorite movies. Liam Neison's voice is so sexy and listening to him throughout this movie is a pleasure. Movies that keep you on the edge of your seat and the absolute best. This does that through the entire movie. It will make you think twice as a parent letting your child travel overseas. If you have not seen this movie you MUST see it. It will not disappoint. They have a Taken 2 and 3 now. They are not as good as the first one, but still definitely worth the watch.

This movie was very well directed and the acting is GREAT. Not a bunch of fake nonsense. You can actually believe what is happening.
31 people found this helpful
WormboyReviewed in the United States on October 18, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Shaky cam cut rate action film
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Though another one eternal tarred by the awful dialog of the Star Wars prequels, Liam Neeson is actually an accomplished actor, capable of top shelf drama. He also has one of the best voices in the film biz. Well, the voice is still there. In "Taken" he is fairly convincing among a weak cast, including 20-something "Lost" castoffs playing gawky teens and the like. The plot is predictable (revenge) and the action sequences so cut by editing that you really can't see anything. That's probably good, because this is low budget and would probably look awful if it used long takes like high budget action. And in fact you see it at times when things look clunky. But, preposterous as the plot actually is, the suspense is good and Neeson does solid work. Is this what got Key and Peele excited? NEEESONSSS!
2 people found this helpful
Greg KuperbergReviewed in the United States on September 23, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Vicious, bigoted, prudish, male-dominated, and humorless
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I might have guessed that Taken was not my type of movie, but I didn't realize just how stale and offensive it would be. Welcome to a world in which Paris is much more dangerous than safe Los Angeles; women are helpless, naive, and out for risky hookups; the evil sex traffickers turn out to be rich Arabs, natch; blond Americans are the highest prize for the olive-skinned perverts; the French are generally unhelpful and corrupt; and last but certainly not least, the American "hero" is more sadistic and a bigger killer and criminal than any of the foreign villains. As long it's to protect My Family, the ends justify the means, including threatening innocent members of other people's families. If you want a hero with self-doubt or a sense of humor, nope, not in Taken. If you want villains with personalities, nope, they're just animals.

The real world does not need movies like Taken. it's particularly sad that anyone would think that this movie is in any way true to life. The only thing true-to-life about it is that it says something about why America has so much trouble with its real problems.
6 people found this helpful
Glama PussReviewed in the United States on December 7, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
It's very good and...
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there are two very memorable scenes but ultimately it is quite unbelievable. While Neesan as Brian gives a fine acting performance, some of the action scenes just dont fly, such as the one near the end when Brian has only a pistol, opens the door to be fired on by a guy with a small machine gun. Every one of his shots misses and in the spray of fire Brian is not hit once but ofc kills the man with one shot. Kimmy has less grace than a colt, how will she ever become a singer lol? Over all the plot is engaging but Neesan is a bit old to still have such amazing reflexes. Watched for the second time so perhaps the story line rates another star. Recommend.
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Toucan_ChrisReviewed in the United States on August 2, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Now THIS Is an Action Movie!
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Where do I begin! This is probably one of my favorite movies ever. I’m a sucker for action movies and this is what got me into action movies and introduced me to Liam Neeson and also train in martial arts. The action sequences are really enjoyable and you feel the extra “umf” and power in the punches and kicks (especially in the extended cut). You feel pumped whenever Liam Neeson is fighting or in a car chase. Along with the score, the direction and cinematography are amazing! Not too fast like the 2 sequels after but not too slow. You can keep up with it. The plot is also amazing. You spend time with the characters enough to care about them and you feel for Bryan as you follow his quick thinking. I love the detective aspect of this movie too. Liam Neeson is such a bad ass in this movie and I will continue to watch it monthly and cherish Take! 99% Extended Cut is so much better!
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