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Taken | 2008 | Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen

Liam Neeson stars as a former CIA operative desperate to track down his kidnapped daughter in Pierre Morel’s Luc Besson-produced action thriller. Bryan Mills’s (Neeson) life hasn’t panned out well: his dedication to the CIA wrecked his marriage and relationship with daughter Kim (Maggie Grace).

Now retired from the Agency he wants to make amends with Kim. But in order to do so, he has to contend with ex-wife Lenore’s (Famke Janssen) animosity and Kim’s new stepdad’s (Xander Berkeley) wealth. Bryan wins favour from his daughter by giving his blessing to a European trip accompanied by a friend. But once in Paris the two girls are kidnapped by vicious Eastern European sex traffickers.

As the pair are abducted, Bryan warns his daughter’s captors, via mobile: “I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you”. He then does his best to make good on the promise, using all the violent tricks of the trade his time at the CIA taught him.

cast
Liam Neeson as Bryan Mills
Famke Janssen as Lenore St John
Maggie Grace as Kim Mills
Leland Orser as Sam Gilroy
Jon Gries as Mark Casey
David Warshofsky as Bernie Harris
Katie Cassidy as Amanda
Holly Valance as Sheerah
Xander Berkeley as Stuart St John
Olivier Rabourdin as Jean-Claude Pitrel
Gérard Watkins as Patrice Saint-Clair
Arben Bajraktaraj as Marko Hoxha
Camille Japy as Isabelle Pitrel
Radivoje Bukvić as Anton
Michel Flash as Gio
Nicolas Giraud as Peter
Rubens Hyka as Leka
Valentin Kalaj as Vinz
Goran Kostić as Gregor
Christophe Kourotchkine as Gilles
Jalil Naciri as Ali
Anca Radici as Ingrid
Nathan Rippy as Victor
Tommy Spahija as Nezir
Anatole Taubman as Dardan
Opender Singh as Singh
Marc Amyot as Pharmacist
Mathieu Busson as Undercover Agent
Fani Kolarova as Prostitute
Edwin Krüger as Jean-Claude’s Assistant
Héléna Soubeyrand as Girl with the Jacket
Bertrand Treuil as Taxi Driver
Christy Reese as Paper Shop Clerk
George Hertzberg as Security Stuart’s Mansion
Nabil Massad as Sheik Raman
Ivette González as Maid

Crew
Production Design: Hugues Tissandier
Set Decoration: Alain Pitrel
Property Master: Manuel Mougin
Property Master: Dana Macduff
Director Of Photography: Michel Abramowicz
Costume Design: Corinne Bruand
Costume Design: Olivier Bériot
Makeup Department Head: Cindy Bright
Costume Supervisor: Betsy Glick
Wardrobe Supervisor: Capucine Martin
Director: Pierre Morel
Script Supervisor: Isabelle Querrioux
Editor: Frédéric Thoraval
Producer: Pierre-Ange Le Pogam
Producer: Luc Besson
Producer: India Osborne
Original Music Composer: Nathaniel Méchaly
Music Supervisor: Alexandre Mahout
Screenplay: Luc Besson
Screenplay: Robert Mark Kamen

France – USA | 94 minutes | 2008

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