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Taken was released in the cinema in the uk sometime in November I think, and you can get it on DVD now. However, it has only just been released in the USA in the cinema, and is doing quite well. Its great fun to see Liam Neeson hand out his own brand of justice on people smugglers, although its quite dark in places.

Watched Southland Tales for the 3rd time last night, and whilst I understand whats going on in it, you still eft feeling "eh?" at then end of it.

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Taken is one of the funniest films this year!

Comedy Gold!

Funniest film of the year ? what is so funny about it ?

Review

Liam Neeson’s ill-judged presence should not cause you to even consider going within 30 feet of a fleapit that’s screening Taken. Here he plays an ex-spy divorcé who’s desperate to make up years of parental neglect to his daughter (an over-aged Maggie Grace). This involves Daddy creepily obsessing over her 17th-birthday present, trying to facilitate her childhood ambition to become “a singer” (this involves saving a pop star imaginatively named ‘Diva’ - Holly Valance, remember her? - from a crazed fan), and agonising over the fact that she wants to spend her summer holidaying in Europe. Terrifying, terrifying Europe.

Yet to Europe - specifically Paris - she goes, where within minutes of landing she and her slutty (read: dead-meat) pal are hoodwinked by a slimy Frenchman and kidnapped by sneering Albanian gangsters whose intention is to hook their victims on skag and sell them to cold-eyed Arabs for white-girlie sex. Turns out Daddy - paranoid parent and towering xenophobe that he is - was right. If a good little teenaged Caucasian strays even an inch beyond the mighty US of A’s borders, she’s pale prey to every godless, sex-mad, drug pushing foreigner out there. Hell, even Daddy’s ol’ French-spy buddy can’t be relied upon to help; he’s French! “Jean-Claude, I’ll tear down the Eiffel Tower if I have to!” growls Daddy, like a true American. Despite speaking with an Irish accent, this guy bleeds stars and shits stripes. He’s from a land where actions speak louder than words… So cue an hour or so of him brutally pummelling every foreigner who stands in his way, stopping only to torture a few. He even deliberately shoots one utterly innocent bystander. Call it friendly fire. Or rather, don’t. If you took Commando and replaced all its humour (intentional or otherwise) with snarling hatred, you’d end up with Taken - a risible male-re-empowerment fantasy set in a world where a fatal headshot and rescue from a life of inter-racial rape is the best way to win back your daughter’s heart.

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Taken is one of the funniest films this year!

Comedy Gold!

Funniest film of the year ? what is so funny about it ?

Review

Liam Neeson’s ill-judged presence should not cause you to even consider going within 30 feet of a fleapit that’s screening Taken. Here he plays an ex-spy divorcé who’s desperate to make up years of parental neglect to his daughter (an over-aged Maggie Grace). This involves Daddy creepily obsessing over her 17th-birthday present, trying to facilitate her childhood ambition to become “a singer” (this involves saving a pop star imaginatively named ‘Diva’ - Holly Valance, remember her? - from a crazed fan), and agonising over the fact that she wants to spend her summer holidaying in Europe. Terrifying, terrifying Europe.

Yet to Europe - specifically Paris - she goes, where within minutes of landing she and her slutty (read: dead-meat) pal are hoodwinked by a slimy Frenchman and kidnapped by sneering Albanian gangsters whose intention is to hook their victims on skag and sell them to cold-eyed Arabs for white-girlie sex. Turns out Daddy - paranoid parent and towering xenophobe that he is - was right. If a good little teenaged Caucasian strays even an inch beyond the mighty US of A’s borders, she’s pale prey to every godless, sex-mad, drug pushing foreigner out there. Hell, even Daddy’s ol’ French-spy buddy can’t be relied upon to help; he’s French! “Jean-Claude, I’ll tear down the Eiffel Tower if I have to!” growls Daddy, like a true American. Despite speaking with an Irish accent, this guy bleeds stars and shits stripes. He’s from a land where actions speak louder than words… So cue an hour or so of him brutally pummelling every foreigner who stands in his way, stopping only to torture a few. He even deliberately shoots one utterly innocent bystander. Call it friendly fire. Or rather, don’t. If you took Commando and replaced all its humour (intentional or otherwise) with snarling hatred, you’d end up with Taken - a risible male-re-empowerment fantasy set in a world where a fatal headshot and rescue from a life of inter-racial rape is the best way to win back your daughter’s heart.

Right, well thats one way of looking at the movie. The other way is.. Hollywood doing what it does best!

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Just watched "The Wrestler" starring Mickey Rourke earlier tonight. Excellent, although the ending was slightly disappointing.

How so? You didnt expect the film to end like Rocky, did you?

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Taken is one of the funniest films this year!

Comedy Gold!

Funniest film of the year ? what is so funny about it ?

Review

Liam Neeson’s ill-judged presence should not cause you to even consider going within 30 feet of a fleapit that’s screening Taken. Here he plays an ex-spy divorcé who’s desperate to make up years of parental neglect to his daughter (an over-aged Maggie Grace). This involves Daddy creepily obsessing over her 17th-birthday present, trying to facilitate her childhood ambition to become “a singer” (this involves saving a pop star imaginatively named ‘Diva’ - Holly Valance, remember her? - from a crazed fan), and agonising over the fact that she wants to spend her summer holidaying in Europe. Terrifying, terrifying Europe.

Yet to Europe - specifically Paris - she goes, where within minutes of landing she and her slutty (read: dead-meat) pal are hoodwinked by a slimy Frenchman and kidnapped by sneering Albanian gangsters whose intention is to hook their victims on skag and sell them to cold-eyed Arabs for white-girlie sex. Turns out Daddy - paranoid parent and towering xenophobe that he is - was right. If a good little teenaged Caucasian strays even an inch beyond the mighty US of A’s borders, she’s pale prey to every godless, sex-mad, drug pushing foreigner out there. Hell, even Daddy’s ol’ French-spy buddy can’t be relied upon to help; he’s French! “Jean-Claude, I’ll tear down the Eiffel Tower if I have to!” growls Daddy, like a true American. Despite speaking with an Irish accent, this guy bleeds stars and shits stripes. He’s from a land where actions speak louder than words… So cue an hour or so of him brutally pummelling every foreigner who stands in his way, stopping only to torture a few. He even deliberately shoots one utterly innocent bystander. Call it friendly fire. Or rather, don’t. If you took Commando and replaced all its humour (intentional or otherwise) with snarling hatred, you’d end up with Taken - a risible male-re-empowerment fantasy set in a world where a fatal headshot and rescue from a life of inter-racial rape is the best way to win back your daughter’s heart.

Right, well thats one way of looking at the movie. The other way is.. Hollywood doing what it does best!

If you're looking for a good well-plotted novel concept film then Taken is shit ...

But for what it is ... a straight-forward action flick of mindless entertainment, involving a likeable actor who kicks the shit out of everyone in the movie ... it's a nice way to spend the time.

It won't win any awards nor will it blow away critics. And admittedly, the story is littered with plotholes and unrealistic far-too-coincidental, convenient turn of events.

If you choose to be anal about these things, of course you won't enjoy the movie. But if you just sit back and just watch Neeson do his shit ... you might find it somewhat enjoyable.

I liked this film, it was decent entertainment ...

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i was well impressed with benjamin button last night, sign of a good film IMO, at 2hrs 40mins too long on paper but over before id so much as got twitchy

if you are into your jolly roger dvds, che parts 1&2 are good, especially if all you know of him is he the worlds greatest irony (anti-capitalist leader worn on a million t shirts)

also watched this week - lives of others, very good but in german

foot fist way - decent comedy about tae kwan do

the escapist - takes a while to warm up but brilliant by the end

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Taken is one of the funniest films this year!

Comedy Gold!

Funniest film of the year ? what is so funny about it ?

The French (just so we know they are French) carry baguettes you know!

The (terrible) actress from Lost playing a character about 10 years younger than herself. To achieve this brilliant illusion she runs with her legs sticking out, that instantly makes her appear younger, teenagers cannot run normal you see!

As a review pointed out, who is driving the boat at the end? :D

Its Commando for the modern day and is fun for the same reason that is.

To take it remotely seriously like a Bourne film is laughable.

You can even see the crowds stopped so they could watch the filming in one shot.

As i said hilarious and very fun for it :)

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Taken is one of the funniest films this year!

Comedy Gold!

Funniest film of the year ? what is so funny about it ?

The French (just so we know they are French) carry baguettes you know!

The (terrible) actress from Lost playing a character about 10 years younger than herself. To achieve this brilliant illusion she runs with her legs sticking out, that instantly makes her appear younger, teenagers cannot run normal you see!

As a review pointed out, who is driving the boat at the end? :D

Its Commando for the modern day and is fun for the same reason that is.

To take it remotely seriously like a Bourne film is laughable.

You can even see the crowds stopped so they could watch the filming in one shot.

As i said hilarious and very fun for it :)

I really dont care how she runs or who is driving the boat at the end..if you wanna look at it that way iam pretty sure you can find something wrong with how someone in the bourne movies runs aswell..for me this was a very good movie..nonstop entertainment.

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If you want perfect comedy then how about the Villa 5 Blues 1 dvd? Classic comedy moments like Zarate's tantrum when he gets subbed, sobbing in-breds, and the 12 toed scum leaving en masse after an hour. You never tire of such comedy gold!

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If you want perfect comedy then how about the Villa 5 Blues 1 dvd? Classic comedy moments like Zarate's tantrum when he gets subbed, sobbing in-breds, and the 12 toed scum leaving en masse after an hour. You never tire of such comedy gold!

This!

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