North American theatrical poster
Directed by Pierre Morel
Produced by Luc Besson
Written by Luc Besson
Robert Mark Kamen
Starring Liam Neeson
Music by Nathaniel Mechaly
Cinematography Michel Abramowicz
Editing by Frédéric Thoraval
Taken is a 2008 French thriller/action film starring Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, and Maggie Grace. It is based on a script by Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen and was directed by Pierre Morel. Neeson plays a retired Central Intelligence Agency operative who sets about tracking down his teenage daughter after she is kidnapped by slave traders while traveling in Europe. Contents
Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) is a retired CIA operative called a "preventer", but most likely from the famed Special Activities Division. He has retired to spend more time with his 17-year-old daughter Kim (Maggie Grace), who now lives with his ex-wife Lenore (Famke Janssen) and her new wealthy husband Stuart (Xander Berkeley). When pop diva Sheerah (Holly Valance) comes to town, Bryan is hired for security. After the show, the diva is attacked, but Bryan disables the assailant and gets her safely out of danger. Thankful, the diva expresses some interest in Bryan’s daughter after learning that Kim wants to be a singer herself. The diva passes along her contact information.
The next day, Bryan discovers that Kim wants to take a vacation to Paris, France with her friend Amanda (Katie Cassidy). Despite his initial concerns about the trip, Bryan agrees to allow it, later discovering that their actual plan is to travel around Europe following U2. Arriving at the Paris airpor...