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Dave White Profile

The guy from "Kinsey" gets his Rambo on. Read full review

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  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Might do good business at home and abroad among audiences unconcerned with the finer points of characterization or psychological insight.

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Propulsively outandish thriller.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Taken does have a few things going for it. At the top of that short list is Liam Neeson in the starring role.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune

    There is no mythology, no irony, no real soul--just a Charles Bronson simplicity about the whole affair.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 14+

Violent, disturbing rescue/revenge thriller isn't for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this "hard PG-13" thriller seems just a drop of blood or two away from an R rating. Not only is there a great deal of violence, but a disturbing subplot centers on young women being kidnapped into the seedy world of sex slavery. The themes of revenge, vigilantism, sex and drug trafficking, and international political corruption are too intense for young audiences. Language is moderate ("s--t," "a--hole"), but drug use is widespread (though not a lot of actual use is shown on camera), and characters also drink and smoke.

  • Families can talk about what makes this PG-13-rated movie different from R-rated films.
  • Is the violence less graphic or upsetting? Why or why not? What impact does seeing this kind of violence have on teens?
  • Families can also discuss the ethical and moral lines that characters cross in the movie. Are Bryan's actions justified because he finds his daughter?
  • Kim and her friend partially to blame for their perilous dilemma? What mistakes did they make?
  • How are Americans portrayed in the film (versus Europeans)?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: A father becomes a vigilante to save his endangered daughter. A young woman and her friend disregard common sense in search of a good time abroad. Vigilantism and revenge seem justified.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Brian's only redeeming quality is his absolute love for his daughter. This positive aspect of his character is ultimately diluted by the violent means he takes to save her.

What to watch for
  • violence false4

    Violence: Although there's little blood, the violence is relentless for the majority of the movie, and there's a high body count overall. People are tortured, killed, and attacked with guns, knives, explosives, cars, and other weapons (belts, fire extinguishers, you name it). A character is willing to shoot innocent people if it will extract valuable information.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Young women are depicted as pawns in a sex trafficking ring. Most are forced to be prostitutes, and some are sold to the highest bidders like slaves. Many women are half dressed but not nude. Shirtless men are shown going into rooms where drugged women are on the bed.

  • language false3

    Language: Language includes words like "a--hole," "s--t," "dick," "goddamn," "hell," and "ass."

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Featured brands include Audi, Nissan, Sony, Mercedes Benz, and Kodak.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false4

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Adults drink at a cocktail party; some characters smoke; young women are high so that they won't resist being sex slaves/prostitutes.