is ridiculous, and sort of fascinating. It plays as a stereotypical extreme of conservative fears of foreign lands and immigration, before enacting death penalty justice. I'm not sure why the movie isn't called Pimp Killer
, which doesn't dance around its exploitative nature and is a lot catchier. Liam Neeson is Bryan, a divorced security expert who values nothing more than time spent with his 17-year-old daughter Kim (former Lost
star Maggie Grace, who's not bad at looking 17.) Bryan panics when Kim and her friend Amanda plan a trip to Paris. Everybody knows only bad things happen overseas. Expectedly, they're in the City of Love for about an hour before they're kidnapped by Albanians and put into a prostitution ring. Before Bryan starts murdering pimps, I was ready to describe his character as Oskar Schindler of the child sex-slave trade. But really, despite his many opportunities, he doesn't care about saving girls who aren't Kim. A torture-interrogation scene is too calculatedly Abu Ghraib. Having made the alright French action film *District B13*, director Pierre Morel sides with American prejudice. Taken
is like the heroic pimp-killing scene at the end of Taxi Driver
, pitched completely at face value.