TAKEN

This showed real legs in its theatrical run – which usually means good word of mouth – and had Liam Neeson plus a Luc Besson screenplay with a cool premise: bad-ass guys abduct the daughter of a badder-ass guy.  But the first 20 minutes are a waste, with none of the family complications contributing one bit to the plot.  After that, though, hang onto your seat.  Improbabilities occur (of course) but Neeson plays the most ruthless protagonist I’ve seen in a long, long time. (The FF score would have been higher had I not been scrutinizing the early scene for clues to a later twist that never came.  Save 20 minutes of your life by starting the film when the daughter hits Paris.)

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