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Taken (2008)

  • Rate: 7.9/10 total 189,910 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Crime | Thriller
  • Release Date: 30 January 2009 (USA)
  • Runtime: 93 min
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  • IMDb page: Taken (2008)
  • Rate: 7.9/10 total 189,910 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Crime | Thriller
  • Release Date: 30 January 2009 (USA)
  • Runtime: 93 min
  • Filming Location: Fremont Mansion – 56 Fremont Place, Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Budget: $25,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $145,000,989(USA)(5 July 2009)
  • Director: Pierre Morel
  • Stars: Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace and Famke Janssen
  • Original Music By: Nathaniel Méchaly   
  • Soundtrack: XTC
  • Sound Mix: DTS | Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Agent | CIA | Prostitution | France | Albanian

Writing Credits By:

  • Luc Besson (written by) &
  • Robert Mark Kamen (written by)

Known Trivia

  • Doing this film propelled Famke Janssen to take action in the real fight against corruption. She now serves as the Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Office against Drugs and Crime.
  • Former Special Air Service (SAS) soldier Mick Gould trained Liam Neeson in combatives and weapons handling skills to prepare him for the role.
  • The martial art style used by Liam Neeson is Nagasu Do. It’s a hybrid martial art style that borrows from Judo, Aikido and Ju Jitsu.
  • In the film, Katie Cassidy’s character (Amanda) is 19 years old and Maggie Grace’s character (Kim) is 17 years old. In real life, Maggie is 3 years older than Katie.
  • All of Liam Neeson’s character’s ex-agency friends were played by actors who had previous roles in ‘spy’ or ‘cop thriller’ television shows and movies – Jon Gries played a major role in The Pretender, Leland Orser was in both The Pretender and 24, and David Warshofsky has appeared in minor roles in numerous similar shows.
  • Before any action takes place, Bryan already has scratches to the left side of his face. Hinting at his “spare time” activities.
  • The singer’s name in the movie is Sheerah. In Hebrew, shirah is the feminine form of the word meaning “sing”.
  • The curved knife used in the final fight is a karambit. It’s an Indonesian /Malaysian weapon and the finger hole in the handle makes it very difficult to disarm, which was evident in the fight scene.

Goofs: Incorrectly regarded as goofs: When Bryan attacks the construction site, no one knows what he looks like, yet they know who to shoot. They could know each other by sight. Bryan, who is several inches taller, with much fairer skin and hair, stands out as someone who shouldn't be there.

Plot: A retired CIA agent travels across Europe and relies on his old skills to save his estranged daughter, who was kidnapped on a trip to Paris to be sold into prostitution. Full summary »  »

Story: Seventeen year-old Kim is the pride and joy of her father Bryan Mills. Bryan is a retired agent who left the Central Intelligence Agency to be near Kim in California. Kim lives with her mother Lenore and her wealthy stepfather Stuart. Kim manages to convince her reluctant father to allow her to travel to Paris with her friend Amanda. When the girls arrive in Paris they share a cab with a stranger named Peter, and Amanda lets it slip that they are alone in Paris. Using this information an Albanian gang of human traffickers kidnaps the girls. Kim barely has time to call her father and give him information. Her father gets to speak briefly to one of the kidnappers and he promises to kill the kidnappers if they do not let his daughter go free. The kidnapper wishes him "good luck," so Bryan Mills travels to Paris to search for his daughter and her friend.Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  

Synopsis

Synopsis: Bryan (Liam Neeson) is a retired Government Agent. He is at an electronics store and is carefully choosing a karaoke device for his beloved 17-year-old daughter Kim’s (Maggie Grace) birthday. Arriving at a luxury mansion, Kim’s mother Lenore (Famke Janssen) is very rude to him. Criticizing his choice of a gift and that he has even showed in the first place. The daughter is extremely pleased with her gift; however, she is soon distracted by her wealthy stepfather Stuart’s (Xander Berkeley) gift of a large horse. Later, Bryan is alone in his small modest apartment. Three friends, all also retired agents, drop by for poker, steaks and beer. One of them, Sam (Leland Orser) invites Bryan to make some quick cash working security with them by escorting a female pop star to her nearby concert. After her vocal warm-up Bryan asks the pop star Sheera (Holly Vance) for advice to give his daughter who also wishes to be a singer. Sheera answers, "Don’t become one." At the concert, things get anxious for a moment when security is distracted by a mob of fans breaking through. Bryan escorts Sheera away from the crowd, but is confronted with a knife-wielding assailant that Bryan quickly takes down. As a "Thank You," Sheera offers to help Bryan’s daughter with a vocal coach and a manager if she has any natural talent.

Later, Bryan gets a phone call from Kim inviting him to lunch. He is very excited and plans to let her know about Sheera’s offer; however, Lenore comes to the lunch also and it becomes clear he was invited only to sign the parental-consent form Kim needs to take a vacation to Paris with her friend Amanda (Katie Cassidy). Bryan is reluctant to agree, knowing the dangers of the wrong parts of Paris, but Kim explains she’ll be staying with Amanda’s cousins and spend most of her time in museums. Bryan says he will consider the matter, but Kim takes it as a "no" and runs out crying. Lenore tears into Bryan for being such an a**hole and for being too cautious. She wants their daughter to experience life. The next day, Bryan shows up at the Stuart mansion with the signed consent, a pre-paid international cell phone, and some conditions: 1) Bryan must take Kim to the airport; 2) Kim must call Bryan when she lands in Paris; and 3) Kim must call Bryan every night to tell him the address and phone number of any new place at which she will be sleeping. At the airport, as Bryan is retrieving Kim’s luggage from the car, he sees a map of Europe with several cities circled in a pocket of Kim’s luggage. He confronts Lenore who admits that the girls are actually going to follow U2’s European tour, not just stay in Paris. Bryan is angry, but it is too late to do anything about it.

In Paris, while standing in the line for a taxi at the airport, the two girls meet a friendly, handsome young Parisian named Peter (Nicolas Giraud). He suggests they all share a taxi for the expensive ride downtown. Amanda immediately accepts and Kim reluctantly agrees. While they wait, they have Peter take their picture with Kim’s phone. Chivalrous Peter has the taxi drop the girls off first. He invites them to a party that very night and Amanda eagerly accepts. As the taxi pulls away, Peter makes a quick phone call–he simply says "Two girls about 18" and the address of the apartment. Upstairs, Kim inquires where the cousins are at. Amanda breezily announces the cousins are on vacation in Spain and giggly announces as she jumps on the couch that she plans to have sex with Peter later on.

Back in the US, a concerned Bryan checks the arrival information and learns that Kim’s plane has landed. Bryan attempts to call Kim’s phone; however, Amanda has cranked the music in the apartment to such a volume that neither girl hears Kim’s phone ring. Finally, Bryan gets hold of Kim. Kim walks around to the other side of the loft (shaped like a square with a courtyard in between) to get away from the loud music. While they talk, Kim can see Amanda through the windows across the courtyard. As she talks to her dad, she sees two men grab Amanda and carry her body away from view while Amanda kicks and fights. Panicked, Kim tells Bryan what she just saw. Bryan immediately takes control and orders her to go into the nearest bedroom and hide under the bed. Guiding her with a careful series of questions, he learns that Kim and Amanda shared a cab with a man named Peter. Kim thinks she saw three or four man take Amanda. "Now," he tells her, "the next part is very important … they are going to take you." Bryan tells her that she must leave her phone on, and she will have five to ten seconds to scream out any description of them she can. Bryan hooks up a tape recorder to his phone. Two men enter the bedroom and are puzzled they haven’t found the second girl. They converse in a foreign language. Bryan tells Kim to hold the phone towards the men so he can hear their conversation. The two men appear to have left the room and Kim is relieved and tells her dad they left, when suddenly Kim is snatched from under the bed. Following Bryan’s instructions, she screams out, "Beard! Six Feet! Tattoo, right hand, moon and star!" Bryan hears her scream for a few more seconds, then, after a moment of quiet, Bryan hears heavy breathing. Bryan tells the kidnapper, "I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don’t have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now, that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you.". . . the kidnapper responds with a thick accent, "Good Luck."

Bryan sends the taped conversation to Sam, his ex-agency friend from the concert. Bryan then storms over to Stuart’s, his wife’s second husband, and confronts him about possible business enemies of Stuart arranging Kim’s kidnapping. Stuart and Lenore are surprised about how much of Stuart’s business Bryan knows. Bryan is satisfied that Stuart business affairs are not the source of the problem, and he tells Stuart he needs a private jet to Paris "an hour ago." Bryan searches Kim’s room and all her personal possessions for possible clues. Meanwhile, he is on speaker phone with Sam so Lenore can hear. Sam provides a detailed report that identifies the language as Albanian and he even narrows the accent down to one particular town in Albania. Their leader’s name is Marko and he is a very powerful figure. Sam tells him that the Albanians kidnap girls for prostitution and Bryan has, at most, 96 hours (four days) before Kim will disappear forever.

On the private jet, Bryan plays the recording of Kim’s abduction over and over again, committing every sound to memory. In Paris, Bryan first gains access to the girl’s apartment. He visualizes the abduction from the clues left behind at the scene and finds and recovers the memory card from Kim’s smashed cellphone which is adjacent to the bed under which Kim tried to hide. At a do-it-yourself photo kiosk, Bryan finds the picture Peter took at the airport and zooms in on a reflection of Peter in the photo. At the airport, Peter is using the same "share a taxi" line with a Swedish blonde. Bryan assaults Peter to find out about the girls from yesterday; however a large man, Peter’s accomplice, tries to stop Bryan. As Bryan fights off the large man, Peter runs away. Bryan disposes of the man and gives chase stealing the taxi cab. Peter runs into traffic and Bryan jumps out of the taxi and chases Peter on foot. Peter then jumps over the overpass, but a truck hits and kills him.

Bryan then meets with an old acquaintance named Jean-Claude, who is with French Intelligence, to ask for help. The Frenchman tells Bryan where the Albanian-pimped hookers are located, but warns Bryan to stay out of it and to not cause any problems. As Bryan leaves, Jean-Claude sets up a tail to follow him. After getting a rental car, Bryan meets with an Albanian interpreter whom he’s hired at the hooker area, first telling him to wait in the car. Bryan then deliberately wastes a prostitute’s time so her pimp will come over to rough up the mild-mannered Bryan and demand some money. Bryan then plants a listening device on the pimp unbeknownst to the pimp. Back in the car, Bryan has the interpreter listen to the audio feed from the bug and translate the Albanian conversation. They talk about having trouble with some new merchandise at a nearby construction site. Bryan excuses the interpreter, but not before getting the Albanian-English dictionary he had asked him to bring.

At the construction site, there is a long line of men waiting to get into a trailer. Bryan acts like a customer and joins the line. When Bryan reaches the head of the line, he hands the "doorman" his money and receives a scrap of paper with a single digit on it. Inside the trailer ropes have been strung with blankets draped over them to form ‘rooms’ on either side of a center aisle. As Bryan walks down the aisle, he looks into each ‘room.’ Bryan enters one ‘room’ and finds a cot with a drugged woman lying on it. She isn’t Kim. She beckons him to come to her, but, instead, he starts pulling more blankets aside to check the other ‘rooms.’ Since each room has a customer, this invasion of privacy starts a ruckus. Bryan has to deal with a few bouncers as he makes his way along the length of the trailer. In the last room, Bryan sees his daughter’s jacket and a drugged woman with hair like Kim’s. Rushing in, he finds it isn’t Kim. Bryan tries to question this woman, but she is so drugged she can’t talk. So Bryan carries her to a nearby Jeep, hot-wires the ignition, and, after a wild chase, makes his escape from a swarm of angry Albanians. He drives to a quiet out-of-the-way hotel and rents two room, from the owner (another old acquaintance). In one of the rooms, Bryan rigs up an IV drip and injects the girl with a solution to rid the girl’s system of drugs.

Later, Jean-Claude demands a meeting with Bryan out in the open by the river. When Jean-Claude arrives, his cell phone rings. It is Bryan saying he doesn’t trust meeting Jean-Claude (until he gets Kim back). Jean-Claude says his boss hit the roof over the construction site violence. While the boss wanted Bryan arrested, Jean-Claude has convinced him to authorize instead a ticket to send Bryan back to America, "for previous services." Bryan refuses. Meanwhile, Jean-Claude’s men have been triangulating the source of Bryan’s phone call and a squad of men burst onto a nearby rooftop. There they find a cell phone rigged with a walkie talkie. Bryan is actually on another roof nearby. Bryan walks away easily.

The girl comes back to consciousness and tells Bryan she got the jacket from another girl. All she can remember is it was at a house with a red doors on the rue Paradis. Bryan finds the house with the red doors, walks in bold and confident, and presents Jean-Claude’s business card as his own. Bryan is led past several thugs to a dirty kitchen. Four Albanians are seated around a table. Bryan tries to ascertain who is the leader, but they all claim to be Marko and all from the town that Bryan’s language expert had identified. Bryan tells them that their former police contact, Mr. Macon, had been transferred and now he (Bryan as Jean-Claude) will be collecting the bribes, the rate for which has just gone up. After some hard bargaining, a deal is struck and Bryan thinks he has identified the figure from Kim’s phone. But, before he leaves, Bryan stops and says a friend gave him a note in Albanian. He hands it to the apparent leader and asks him to translate it. The leader (the real Marko) responds "Good Luck." Bryan recognizes Marko’s voice immediately and says to him, "You don’t remember me do you?. . . I told you I was going to find you," and, suddenly Bryan is shooting and fighting the house full of armed men. When the smoke clears, Bryan has killed all of them but Marko. Bryan searches for Kim in all the upper bedrooms of the building. He finds several women handcuffed to beds and Amanda’s dead body (apparently dead due to a drug overdose). Bryan tortures Marko with electricity. After trying to tough it out, Marko tells Bryan Kim was sold to a man named Saint Clair. Bryan then turns the power back on and leaves Marko screaming in agony.

Jean-Claude comes home for supper to discover Bryan is visiting like an old friend. Jean-Claude’s wife, Isabelle, tells Jean-Claude to put the two kids to bed. As he does, he recovers a pistol from the lavatory and tucks it into the back of his waistband. At the dining room table, Bryan casually speaks about moving to Paris and drops the address of the Albanian pimp-house and Macon’s name. Isabelle naively says that she herself knows Macon. Bryan then.confronts Jean-Claude on selling protection and anonymity to the Albanians and demands to know who Saint Clair is. Jean-Claude pulls out his pistol and aims it at Bryan, angrily detailing the gap between his pay and his expenses. Bryan then tosses a handful of bullets onto the dining room table and tells Jean-Claude that he has been behind a desk too long if he can’t tell the difference in weight between a loaded gun and an unloaded one. Bryan pulls his own pistol and shoots Isabelle in the arm, saying, it’s a flesh wound but that his next shot will kill her unless Jean-Claude provides him with information on Saint Clair. Jean-Claude then goes into his office and uses his computer to access police files that identify and locate Saint Clair. Bryan then tells Jean-Claude to tell his wife he is sorry for shooting her and he then pistol whips the Frenchman to the floor.

Again posing as Jean-Claude, Bryan gains access to a party Saint Clair is hosting. Bryan discovers Saint Clair is hosting a much darker "party" on a lower level. Bryan assumes the guise of a waiter and gains access to a darkened room facing a wall of glass, one of a series of the same types of rooms that encircle an open stage. On the stage are a young, drugged, scantily clad young woman and a handler. In each darkened cubicle, a bidder presses a red button when they wish to bid. The auction ends and the girl is led away. The auctioneer announces the last and best woman of the evening’s auction. An American, pure virgin; it is Kim!! Bryan pulls a gun on the buyer in this darkened room and forces him to outbid the others to purchase her. The bidding goes to 500,000, but, upon leaving the room with the buyer still at gunpoint, Bryan is knocked unconscious from behind. He awakens suspended from a pipe just below the ceiling. He admits to the Englishman, Saint Clair, that he is the last girl’s father. Saint Clair says, "too bad. It’s business and she is sold already." He then orders his henchmen to execute Bryan quietly and leaves the room. Despite being shackled to the overhead pipe, Bryan manages to break the pipe loose and escape while killing the guards. Bryan meets the surprised Saint Clair standing at the elevator. Saint Clair pleads unsuccessfully for his life by saying "it was just business" and telling him that Kim will be at a pier. Bryan shoots him dead and sends the elevator up to the party. Bryan races to the the river, but misses the large yacht onto which Kim and other veiled women have been hustled as it cruises down the river. Bryan drives a stolen car against one-way traffic to gain position on a bridge, then jumps onto the ship as it passes underneath. On board, an Arab sheik lies on a bed in a robe as a group of women in veils are led in. Bryan fights his way through the sheik’s guards and enters the bedroom, the sheik has a curved knife held to Kim’s throat. Bryan takes aim and shoots the man in the head.

Back in the US, Kim is reunited with her mother. Lenore even hugs Bryan in thanks. Later, Bryan mysteriously collects Kim and takes her to a very nice home. After he knocks, he takes a step back. Pop star Sheera opens the door and, over her shoulder, someone sits at a piano. Sheera takes Kim by the arm while saying she had heard Kim wants to be a singer, "let’s see what you’ve got".

 

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Didier Hoarau known as executive producer
  • Franck Lebreton known as line producer (as Frank Lebreton)
  • Michael Mandaville known as line producer: USA (as Michaël Mandaville)
  • Luc Besson known as producer (uncredited)

FullCast & Crew:

  • Liam Neeson known as Bryan Mills
  • Maggie Grace known as Kim
  • Leland Orser known as Sam
  • Jon Gries known as Casey
  • David Warshofsky known as Bernie
  • Holly Valance known as Sheerah
  • Katie Cassidy known as Amanda
  • Xander Berkeley known as Stuart
  • Olivier Rabourdin known as Jean-Claude
  • Gérard Watkins known as St-Clair
  • Famke Janssen known as Lenore
  • Marc Amyot known as Pharmacist
  • Arben Bajraktaraj known as Marko
  • Radivoje Bukvic known as Anton (as Rasha Bukvic)
  • Mathieu Busson known as Undercover Agent
  • Michel Flash known as Gio
  • Nicolas Giraud known as Peter
  • Rubens Hyka known as Leka
  • Camille Japy known as Isabelle
  • Valentin Kalaj known as Vinz
  • Fani Kolarova known as Prostitute
  • Goran Kostic known as Gregor
  • Christophe Kourotchkine known as Gilles
  • Edwin Kruger known as Jean-Claude's Assistant (as Edwin Krüger)
  • Jalil Naciri known as Ali
  • Anca Radici known as Ingrid
  • Nathan Rippy known as Victor
  • Helena Soubeyrand known as Girl with the Jacket (as Héléna Soubeyrand)
  • Tommy Spahija known as Nezir
  • Anatole Taubman known as Dardan
  • Bertrand Treuil known as Taxi Driver
  • Opender Singh known as Singh
  • Christy Reese known as Paper Shop Clerk
  • George Hertzberg known as Security Stuart's Mansion
  • Nabil Massad known as Sheik Raman
  • Ivette Gonzalez known as Maid
  • Don Abernathy known as Airport Traveler (uncredited)
  • Sophie Chamoux known as Bit part (uncredited)
  • Michael Finn known as Airport Pilot (uncredited)
  • Dan Flood known as Airport Traveler (uncredited)
  • Katrina Forrest known as Maid (uncredited)
  • Jean-Yves Freyburger known as Waiter (uncredited)
  • Steve Janousek known as Party Guest (uncredited)
  • Sid Karne known as Police Officer (uncredited)
  • Tamara Witmer known as Prostitute (uncredited)

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Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Sarah Ault known as makeup artist: US
  • Florence Batteault known as additional makeup artist
  • Agathe Billmann known as additional hair stylist (as Agathe Billman)
  • June Brickman known as makeup artist: US
  • Cindy Bright known as makeup department head: US
  • Pierre Chavialle known as hair stylist
  • Matt Danon known as key hair: US
  • Ketty Gonzalez known as key hair: US
  • Myriam Hottois known as makeup artist
  • Rudolfo Icezalaya Hernandez known as key hair: US (as Rodolfo Icezalaya)
  • Diane Mahmoudi known as hair stylist
  • Patricia Messina known as makeup artist: US
  • Christy Ann Newquist known as makeup artist: US (as Christy Newquist)
  • Tony Rocchetti known as additional hair stylist
  • Gail Rowell-Ryan known as hair stylist: US (as Gail Ryan)
  • Jackie Sachen known as makeup artist: US
  • Aya Yabuuchi known as makeup artist

Art Department:

  • Olivier Agostini known as workman
  • Philippe Anselme known as workman
  • P. Scott Bailey known as on-set dresser: US (as Patrick Bailey)
  • Pierre Bandini known as set dresser
  • Céline Barray known as greenman
  • Jean-Pierre Battaia known as construction supervisor
  • Didier Bautz known as head modeler
  • Frédéric Baylac known as rigger
  • Berger known as painter
  • Laurent Bizet known as workman
  • Gilles Boillot known as first assistant production designer
  • François Borgeaud known as back up property master
  • Michel Bourgeois known as rigger
  • Scott E. Bruza known as on-set dresser: US (as Scott Bruza)
  • Peggy Casey known as buyer: US
  • Denis Chaboissier known as painter
  • Jean-Jacques Chapelle known as construction foreman
  • Marie Chapuis known as painter
  • Patrick Clerc known as first assistant production designer
  • Théo Clerc known as painter
  • Richard R. Cohen known as on-set dresser: US (as Rick Cohen)
  • Gildas Cotonea known as rigger
  • Brendon Cowsill known as swing gang: US
  • Tiffany Cowsill known as swing gang: US
  • Francine Crolbois known as assistant tapestry maker
  • Pierre Davila known as trainee
  • Serge Delli-Zotti known as workman
  • Laure Deratte known as second assistant art director
  • Michel Doré known as storyboard artist
  • Yvan Dupont known as painter
  • Séverine Dupye known as assistant tapestry maker (as Séverine Depye)
  • Gregory Eck known as workman (as Grégory Eck)
  • Brian Ferguson known as swing gang: US
  • Frédéric Garonne known as workman
  • Patrick George known as rigger
  • José Gomez known as assistant tapestry maker
  • Paulo Gonçalves known as third art department assistant (as Paulo Goncalves)
  • Philippe Gougam known as assistant construction manager
  • Michael Gregan known as swing gang: US (as John Gregan)
  • Gilles Guerber-Zaza known as head modeler (as Gilles Guerber)
  • Olivier Guerlot known as spindler/plasterer
  • Eddie Guittard known as painter (as Eddie Guitard)
  • Jean Habay known as rigger
  • Yvan Hart known as sculptor
  • Nicolas Heritier known as workman
  • Bruno Izabelle known as sculptor
  • Jacques Jamar known as workman
  • Véronique Jimenez known as painter (as Véronique Parot-Jimenez)
  • Alexis Jorand known as painter
  • Claire Kaufman known as set decorator: US
  • Jacques Kazandian known as tapestry maker (as Jacques Kazandjian)
  • Nicolas Kepp known as workman
  • Marie Le Garrec known as culinary prop master
  • Luc Lelong known as sculptor
  • Herve Lespert known as rigger (as Hervé Lespert)
  • Dana MacDuff known as property master: US (as Dana Macduff)
  • Isabelle Magos known as painter (as Isabelle Magos Dechaud)
  • Françoise Malaplate known as head painter
  • Xavier Marcel known as workman
  • Donn Markel known as props assistant: US
  • Didier Masson known as workman
  • Gaylor Masson known as workman
  • Marion Masson known as assistant tapestry maker
  • William F. Matthews known as swing gang: US (as William Mathews)
  • Acel Mauge known as set dresser (as Axel Mauge)
  • Xavier Miclet known as workman
  • Guy Monbillard known as set dresser
  • Manuel Mougin known as property master
  • Michel Mulson known as second assistant art director
  • Marguerite Ots known as painter
  • Rony Pelmard known as rigger
  • Jean Perez known as head carpenter
  • Jean-Louis Petithory known as workman
  • Eric Poisson known as rigger
  • Carole Poitou known as third art department assistant
  • Fernand-Charles Praizner known as assistant tapestry maker (as Fernand Praizner)
  • Christophe Restiau known as trainee
  • Mylene Riccardi known as trainee property master
  • Stéphane Richaud known as workman
  • Nanci Roberts known as art director: US
  • Patricia Robin known as painter
  • Stéphane Robuchon known as second assistant art director
  • Yves Rousset known as carpenter (as Yves Roussett)
  • Clotaire Roux known as carpenter
  • Yves Roux known as carpenter
  • Gautier Rowe known as workman
  • Olivier Salesse known as workman
  • Tim Scheu known as leadman: US
  • Andrew Settle known as swing gang: US
  • Lee Thomson known as swing gang: US
  • Georges Tissot known as workman
  • Roger Dang Van Sung known as painter
  • Karine Caumeil known as assistant to production designer (uncredited)
  • Carine Demongueres known as assistant art director (uncredited)
  • Mike Ortiz known as props (uncredited)

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Company

Production Companies:

  • Europa Corp. (as EuropaCorp.) (presents)
  • M6 Films
  • Grive Productions
  • Canal+ (with the participation of)
  • TPS Star (with the participation of)
  • M6 (with the participation of)
  • All Pictures Media
  • Wintergreen Productions

Other Companies:

  • Analog Factory  sound editing rooms
  • Bogard  steadicam
  • Cascades et Cascadeurs  car stunts (as Cascades & Cascadeurs)
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  cranes
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  dollies
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  remote camera systems
  • Cinécool  end credits
  • Cinésyl  grip equipment
  • D.C. Audiovisuel  sound equipment
  • Digital Factory  digital color timing
  • Digital Factory  foley stage
  • Digital Factory  re-recording facility
  • Digital Factory  score mixed at
  • Digital Factory  sound editing
  • Dubbing Brothers  adr studio (as Dubbing Brothers L.A.)
  • Espace Le Pro  location equipment
  • Getty Images  stock shots
  • Goldcrest Post Production New York  adr studio (as Goldcrest NYC)
  • Guegan Stunt and Equipment  stunt equipment (as Guegan Stunt Equipment)
  • Intelligent Media  international monitoring agency
  • Key Grip System  grip equipment
  • Les Audis de Vanves  sound post-production (ADR)
  • Maratier  weapons and uniforms
  • Musicale Ecriture  music preparation
  • Next Shot  grip equipment
  • Next Shot  video and camera car
  • PES Payroll  extras payroll services
  • Panavision Alga  camera equipment
  • Panavision Alga  location equipment (as Panavision Alga Boutique)
  • Paramount Transportation Services  transportation services
  • Post-Moderne  adr studio
  • Studio Guillaume Tell  score recorded at (as Guillaume Tell Studios)
  • Studio Lincoln  adr
  • Studio MidiLive  sound effects
  • Studio NX  music supervision (as NX Paris)
  • Studio NX  score pre-production (as Studio NX Paris)
  • Transpalux  electrical equipment
  • Éclair Numérique  digital color grading

Distributors:

  • EuropaCorp. Distribution (2008) (worldwide) (all media)
  • EuropaCorp. Distribution (2008) (France) (theatrical)
  • 20th Century Fox (2008) (UK) (theatrical)
  • 20th Century Fox (2009) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • 20th Century Fox de Argentina (2008) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • 20th Century Fox of Germany (2008) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Audio Visual Enterprises (2008) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • Cathay-Keris Films (2009) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Festive Films (2009) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Independent Films (2008) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Scanbox Entertainment (2009) (Finland) (theatrical) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Twentieth Century Fox C.I.S. (2008) (Russia) (theatrical)
  • Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation (2009) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Viva International Pictures (2009) (Philippines) (theatrical)
  • 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment (2009) (Brazil) (DVD)
  • 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment (2009) (Brazil) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment (2009) (UK) (DVD)
  • 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment (2009) (UK) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment (2009) (USA) (DVD)
  • 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment (2009) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Film1 (2009) (Netherlands) (TV) (limited)
  • Fox Pathé Europa (2008) (France) (DVD)
  • Fox Pathé Europa (2008) (France) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Gativideo (2009) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Home Box Office (HBO) (2009) (USA) (TV)
  • Queen Film (2008) (Indonesia) (all media)
  • Television (2008) (Romania) (all media)
  • Warner Home Video (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD)

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Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • SFX Evolution (special effects)
  • Éclair Numérique (visual effects) (as Eclair VFX)

Visual Effects by:

  • Thierry Barnay known as operations manager: Éclair VFX
  • Odile Beraud known as scanning and recording: Éclair Numérique (as Odile Béraud)
  • Adrien Borzakian known as cg artist: Éclair VFX
  • Ronald Boullet known as restoration supervisor: Éclair VFX (as Ronald Boulet)
  • Lohengrin Braconnier known as luster assistant: Digital Factory
  • Benjamin Clément known as operations manager: Éclair VFX (as Benjamin Clement)
  • Claire Cuinier known as cg artist: Éclair VFX (as Claire Cunier)
  • Arnaud Damez known as cg artist: Éclair VFX
  • Olivier Debert known as cg artist: Éclair VFX
  • Isabelle Delhumeau known as service engineer: Éclair VFX
  • Fabien Eigen known as operations manager: Éclair VFX
  • Roxane Fechner known as visual effects supervisor: Éclair VFX
  • Thomas Geiger known as cg artist: Éclair VFX
  • Elodie Glain known as visual effects coordinator: Éclair VFX
  • Sébastien Guyot known as scanning and recording: Éclair Numérique
  • Sylvain Jardin known as service engineer: Éclair VFX
  • Pascal Laurent known as visual effects director: Éclair VFX
  • Malika Mazauric known as cg artist: Éclair VFX (as Malika Mazaurik)
  • Stéphane Morali known as cg artist: Éclair VFX
  • Rodney Musso known as luster assistant: Digital Factory
  • Thierry Noblet known as cg artist: Éclair VFX
  • Mai Pujol known as restoration cg artist: Éclair VFX
  • Nathalie Reno known as visual effects coordinator: Éclair VFX

Release Date:

  • France 27 February 2008
  • Israel 20 March 2008
  • China 9 April 2008
  • South Korea 10 April 2008
  • Belgium 16 April 2008
  • Netherlands 1 May 2008
  • Turkey 9 May 2008
  • Romania 16 May 2008
  • Indonesia 2 July 2008
  • Mexico August 2008
  • Spain 8 August 2008
  • Australia 14 August 2008
  • Italy 14 August 2008
  • Poland 15 August 2008
  • New Zealand 4 September 2008
  • Chile 5 September 2008
  • Peru 5 September 2008 (limited)
  • South Africa 12 September 2008
  • Argentina 16 September 2008 (Buenos Aires) (premiere)
  • Argentina 18 September 2008
  • Peru 18 September 2008
  • Russia 18 September 2008
  • Thailand 18 September 2008
  • Panama 19 September 2008
  • Venezuela 19 September 2008
  • Ireland 26 September 2008
  • UK 26 September 2008
  • Uruguay 26 September 2008
  • Brazil 27 September 2008 (Festival do Rio BR)
  • Brazil 3 October 2008
  • Colombia 3 October 2008
  • Portugal 9 October 2008
  • Croatia 23 October 2008 (Zagreb Film Festival)
  • United Arab Emirates 30 October 2008
  • Croatia 27 November 2008
  • Iceland 19 December 2008
  • Finland 9 January 2009
  • Canada 30 January 2009
  • USA 30 January 2009
  • Germany 19 February 2009
  • Austria 20 February 2009
  • Egypt 4 March 2009
  • Sweden 6 March 2009
  • Philippines 11 March 2009
  • Hungary 19 March 2009
  • Malaysia 19 March 2009
  • Taiwan 20 March 2009
  • Denmark 27 March 2009
  • Norway 27 March 2009
  • Singapore 16 April 2009
  • Lithuania 24 April 2009
  • Estonia 1 May 2009
  • Greece 18 June 2009
  • Hong Kong 23 July 2009
  • Japan 22 August 2009

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence, disturbing thematic material, sexual content, some drug references and language (cut version)

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Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database


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Posted on March 30, 2012 by Harry in Movies | Tags: , , , .

10 Comments

  1. danube83 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 6:04 pm

    The most thrilling movie I've seen in a long time. Neeson is what wewould fear if James Bond went to hell and came back for revenge (Idoubt big budget Quantum of Solace will top this). I loved JasonBourne; but where Bourne is confused for half the movie, Neeson islooking down a barrel of a pistol 3/4 of the time. In a three way spybattle, I would put Neeson edging out Bourne, who would be a step aheadof Bond.

    Between the jaw-dropping action sequences was the subject matter ofinternational trafficking, which was pretty miserable to watch.Although homicide is wrong, death was never more satisfying to watch.

  2. talanish from Travelling the world
    30 Mar 2012, 6:04 pm

    Wow – I had already read reviews of this movie, and with the writerbeing one of my favourite directors, Luc Besson, I just had to go seethis movie as soon as possible…

    I was not disappointed… I'm not sure if this was intentional butthere were no trailers before the movie, so being thrown strait intothe film unexpectedly with people whispering "is this it then ?" onlyhelping build up some initial tension and excitement.

    The film starts nicely, but with overtones of spy thrillers like "Dayof the Jackal" coming to mind. Neeson seems a bit pityful at the start,but soon overturns that impression with a taste of his handywork afteraround ten minutes of the thriller.

    Then, before you know it, it's over. 93 minutes, gone in a blur offighting, fear, chasing and excitement at serious pace. The artwork anddirection is nicely done, giving you the feeling of being the oneattacking and the chair squirming feeling of being the poor gits whoget annihilated in almost every way possible.

    It was one of those films that I wanted to applause after the film, Iactually clapped about three times, but no-one joined in… too afraidof being the only two people clapping I suppose…

    Neeson was great, and I can't wait to see the movie many more times. Ionly gave it 9 out of 10, as it was too short ! The film could havebeen easily stretched to 2 hours in my opinion, with some moredevelopment and intimacy with the characters. But I guess this may havenot made it so exciting… still, well worth the money to see this inthe big screen.

  3. Vlad C from Romania
    30 Mar 2012, 6:04 pm

    I'm still under the influence of this movie, so my comment is likely tobe superlative! I went to this movie, knowing that one of the writersand the director were both French, and since I've seen somenot-so-impressive movies (almost fell asleep), i was really skeptical.

    BUT this one proved to be a great action movie. The best movie tocompare with Taken is Hit-man. The idea is somewhat the same (lots ofaction, shots, flying bullets etc) – though the motive for the actionsare not money. But the level of realism, the motivation of thecharacter, the cold blood which moves him on makes this flick a goodoption to choose when selecting a movie.

    Liam Neeson does a great performance, perfectly interpreting his roleof a former spy. As he says in one of his lines, he's "retired, but notdead", having an opportunity to show everyone what he knows to do best.

    The movie covers a hot topic too, kidnapping young women to force themto prostitute, and all the business this involves. You get to see thekind of people are supporting these arrangements and what it takes forthe victims to be there.

    Of course, the movie has (very small, almost invisible) drawbacks, likesome lines in a wrong language (english instead of french) and someRambo – stuff, but the overall impression is simple: a strongrecommendation!

  4. peggeltje99 from Netherlands
    30 Mar 2012, 6:04 pm

    I saw this movie tonight at the sneak preview and I was completelysurprised and blown away. I went to see this movie with noexpectations. In the beginning it seems that it was going to be an easyto watch movie, but after a short time it turned into a high-speedaction movie. I found the story original and so did my friends. At sometimes I found it hard to watch, because of the drug abuse and violence.To know that these practices still occur also gave me a horriblefeeling. I was completely taken away by this movie. At some points itwas very very quiet in the cinema, because of the excitement, youwonder what is going to happen next. Some moments in the story I founda bit not convincing, but the rest of the movie makes up to that. LiamNeeson in one of his best performances. It had good action, a goodstory, some humor. There are also some sensitive / sentimental scenes.There are no plot twists. It is just a story being told. This is one ofthose movies which stay in your memory for a while and let you thinkabout bad things that happen. The movie that had that same effect on mewas Traffic (2000). Personally I think this movie is underrated, butmaybe this is because it is new. I would give it 8/10.

  5. mitrismaster from Australia
    30 Mar 2012, 6:04 pm

    First thing to say is, this is a great and fun movie from beginning toend. If you like the Bourne titles then you will love this movie. Thefighting style and the way things get done is similar to Matt Damon'scharacter and it doesn't get old and is interesting and great to watchthroughout the whole film.

    The movie has a similar plot to other action thrillers, but even thoughyou may know the outcome, it is the journey that counts in this movie.It is the way he does what he does, the way that he fights andovercomes problems that draws you into the movie and makes this movieso great to watch.

    Liam Neeson is such a great cast for the main character, he delivers anoutstanding performance. I love to see an actor that can portraythemself in anyway, a good guy or a bad guy and in this film he fightsfor his daughter and he will not stop for anything. You love to watchhim seek revenge and feel for him the whole time, maybe just becauseits Liam Neeson, can you help yourself from loving this guy? He is sucha great actor and shows himself as a badass with charm.

    Great, great , greatness i loved this movie so much and had great funwatching it. If you love the bourne titles you must see this movie. Alli can say is its so much fun to watch it, love it and go check it out.

  6. sc_dude from Netherlands
    30 Mar 2012, 6:04 pm

    Just saw the movie in the sneak preview. First of all this movie willget a lot of those people who will whine about everything that is notrealistic really (If you are one of those, you'll have a lot to whineabout). But if you can just enjoy a movie as its intended to be and youappreciate some action this movie is near perfect. The main characteris so pure and non complex. Finally an action movie that doesn't try togive some oddities to the characters to make them more interesting butjust straightforward high speed action .

    Watching this movie was a great experience and I was surprised that Icould enjoy an action movie this much. My tip: sit down, enjoy the rideand don't moan about imperfections.

  7. l_dura_lex_sed_lex_l from France
    30 Mar 2012, 6:04 pm

    Gone to see Liam Neeson, I've just seen a great movie. Much action,some American humour (you Americans don't take it too serious, andthat's just as pleasant taht way !), a Liam Neeson at the top of hisart and as a background a very hard subject that makes you think aboutit (procuring). I don't know how the critics are reacting in USA, butin France they are vilifying this movie. So, whatever your Americancritics are saying, just do as usual : don't listen to them ! And enjoythis ninety-minutes show. Regarding Liam Neeson… Well, I am a hugefan, thus I can't be unbiased. Yet, I found his interpretation veryconvincing, he is still the same : one of the best actors ever, alongwith… Hum, I'll stop there, don't want to be controversial. Have agood sitting ! By the way, do excuse me for any mistake I could'vemade, as I'm French (I imagine you could've guessed it, since we arethe lucky ones who are the first to be able to see this film !).

  8. StevinTasker from Author of Freedom's Run
    30 Mar 2012, 6:04 pm

    A no nonsense, kick the crap out of everyone who gets in your wayaction movie. Liam Neeson's character is the angry love child ofBourne,Bond and all the other pretenders put together. If I was askedto cast the movie I guess he wouldn't have been my first choice buthaving seen it I can't think of anyone else I'd rather have in therole. The fight choreography is bone crunchingly good. This is one kickass flick and one I will definitely buy on DVD. There's little doubtwho the bad guys are and they get a very satisfactory smack in themouth – when they aren't being shot or electrocuted. This was made bypeople who like the genre and know how to get an action movie from A toZ. I can't help but giggle at those reviews that mention plot andprobability in this kind of movie. What kind of movie did they thinkthey were going to see?

  9. Jose Guilherme from Brazil
    30 Mar 2012, 6:04 pm

    Yes, its only an action movie; Yes, the script has more holes than thevictims of the main character! Yes, Neeson's rampage in Paris is veryimplausible; Yes, its not Oscar material… no great acting.

    Still… its a very good movie. I gave it a solid 8. I left the moviefeel very satisfied… its that kind of movie that is fun and thrillingand brainless at the same time. Doesn't get tiresome. When itsoutrageous its funny… when the action gets going you feel right in itall.

    When you finish seeing the movie you do wonder why Bond and Bournearen't as macho or mean. Niam's character Bryan("B" letter too) beatsup baddies way better and he looks more scary and real somehow thanthose other pansy agents.

  10. wuzzadaly (wuzzadaly@yahoo.co.uk) from Korea
    30 Mar 2012, 6:04 pm

    I went with very few expectations, despite being a fan of Neeson andBesson. I came out pleasantly surprised. The film is very much in theBourne trilogy mold – Neeson's character is a been-there-seen-it-allformer CIA agent who knows all the tricks and is also a dab hand atdispatching henchmen quickly and effectively.

    Another reviewer (while giving the movie 1/10) noted all the clichés inthe movie. That is true, pretty much everyone is a composite ofprevious action movie stock characters. The acting is pretty wooden attimes, and Neeson's American accent (as usual) doesn't overly impress.

    I say above "could've been even better" and sadly it does seem likethis was an opportunity missed to make a movie that would challengeBourne. Sadly it falls short there. The action is excellent, Neeson isa very believable tough guy, though the audience I watched it withlaughed towards the end when his character takes on almost-superhumanpowers.

    The film offers a very brief glimpse into the world of sex traffickersbut you get the sense that Neeson's character doesn't care about any ofthese women except his daughter. I think in the end that saves themovie – Neeson doesn't try to save the world, he only wants to save oneperson and will do pretty much anything to achieve that.

    Highly recommended, but don't expect any daring social commentary, justsit back and enjoy, while wondering why Liam Neeson has never tried hishand at any role of this sort before.

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