Theatrical release poster
February 27, 2008
Taken is a 2008 French thriller film produced by Luc Besson, starring Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace and Famke Janssen. The screenplay was written by Besson and Robert Mark Kamen, and directed by Pierre Morel. Neeson plays a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) operative who sets about tracking down his daughter after she is kidnapped by human traffickers while traveling in France. The sequel, Taken 2, was released on 5 October 2012.
CIA field operative Bryan Mills has retired in an attempt to build a closer relationship with his teenage daughter, Kim. She lives with her mother, Lenore, and her wealthy stepfather, Stuart. While working security with other former operatives, Bryan saves pop star Sheerah from a knife-wielding assailant. Sheerah, grateful, agrees to tutor Kim after Bryan says she aspires to be a singer. At a lunch soon after, Kim asks Bryan for permission to travel to Paris with a friend, Amanda. Bryan balks at the two girls traveling alone, but relents when Lenore complains that he is overprotective, after being absent for most of Kim's life. At the airport, he is dismayed to discover the girls are actually following U2 during their European tour, something Lenore knew but kept from him.
Arriving in Paris, Kim and Amanda meet Peter, who offers to share a cab with them and invites them to a party. This is a ruse to gather information about where they are staying. At the apartment, Kim discovers that Amanda's cousins - who are ostensibly meant to be keeping an eye on them - are in fact out of the country, which Amanda withheld from their parents. While talking to Bryan on the phone, Kim sees Amanda being kidnapped by intruders. Kim is taken shortly after, while Bryan records the incident. When a kidnapper picks up the phone, Bryan tries to bargain with him, but is unsuccessful.
Bryan's former CIA colleague informs him that, based on the recording, Kim has probably been taken by an Albanian human trafficking ring, and, according to statistics, if Kim is not rescued within four days, she will likely never be found. Bryan travels to Paris on one of Stuart's private jets and finds Peter at the airport. After a confrontation and chase, Peter is hit and killed by a passing truck before Bryan can interrogate him.
Bryan then seeks out Jean-Claude, a former field agent colleague who now works a desk job. Jean-Claude is relatively unhelpful as he knows Bryan will wreak havoc, but does direct him to an area where the Albanians are prostituting women. Bryan follows one Albanian to a makeshift brothel at a construction site, where he finds a girl wearing Kim's jacket. He fights off the brothel guards while getting her away.
After the girl awakens, she tells Bryan about the house where she met Kim. Bryan bluffs his way in and kills all the thugs inside, sparing only Marko, the kidnapper he spoke to on the phone. Searching the house, he finds several captive teens, including Amanda, who is dead from a forced drug overdose. Bryan tortures Marko until he reveals that Kim, being a virgin, was very valuable in the black market, and was sold to an auctioneer named Saint-Clair. Bryan leaves Marko to die from electrocution and visits Jean-Claude at home. Having deduced that Jean-Claude is corrupt, Bryan shoots Jean-Claude's wife in the arm and threatens to kill her. Jean-Claude gives up Saint-Clair's address.
At Saint-Clair's mansion, during a large party, Bryan infiltrates an auction of girls in a basement facility. His daughter is the last offering. Though he is captured, Bryan frees himself and kills Saint-Clair's security guards. He forces Saint-Clair to reveal where Kim has been taken before killing him. Bryan races to a luxury yacht owned by a sheikh. Jumping aboard, Bryan kills the men aboard, including the sheikh, and rescues his daughter. They return to the U.S. where she is reunited with her mother and stepfather. Afterward, Bryan takes Kim to see pop singer Sheerah for her first singing lesson.
- Liam Neeson as Bryan Mills
- Famke Janssen as Lenore "Lennie" Mills
- Maggie Grace as Kim Mills
- Xander Berkeley as Stuart
- Katie Cassidy as Amanda Wilson
- Leland Orser as Sam
- Olivier Rabourdin as Jean-Claude
- Holly Valance as Sheerah
- Jon Gries as Casey
- David Warshofsky as Bernie
- Nathan Rippy as Victor
- Camille Japy as Isabelle
- Nicolas Giraud as Peter
- Arben Bajraktaraj as Marko Hoxha
- Gérard Watkins as Patrice Saint-Clair
- Nabil Massad as Sheikh Raman
- Radivoje Bukvic as Sheikh Raman's head guard