Taken (2008, USA/FRA) C-93m. SCOPE *** D: Pierre Morel. Starring Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Leland Orser, Rasha Bukvic, Katie Cassidy, Xander Berkeley, Jon Gries. DEATH-WISH-type film about ex-secret agent Neeson, who's almost lost contact to his 17-year-old daughter, who lives with his ex-wife and her rich stepfather in California. When she goes on a trip to Paris and is abducted there, Neeson goes on a rampage to get her back, using his old spy skills. Indefensible plot with bad stereotypes, but in-your-face action and compact running time (not to mention Neeson's earnest performance) keep this exciting. Co-written and produced by Luc Besson. PG-13 version runs 91m.

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