Film of the Day: Taken (2008)

Liam Neeson takes the role that cemented him as a movie tough guy. Photo: 20th Century Fox

The instant classic thriller from director Pierre Morel gained popularity for its iconic lines and break-neck pacing. Starring Liam Neeson as the former CIA operative Bryan Mills who would go on to become a recurring protagonist in the film’s sequels.

On a trip to France and planned tour of Europe, Bryan’s daughter Kim (Maggie Grace) and friend Amanda (Katie Cassidy) are attacked and kidnapped by gangsters. As they are abducted, Bryan leaves a now-famous message for the group’s leader.

What follows is a winding, hair-raising pursuit in which Bryan must use every one of his particular skills to save his daughter, as well as himself when things get close to the bone.

87 mins

Taken – Friday at 9pm on Film4