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“Taken” (2008) – Movie Review


America and the wider world






The movie, “Taken” (2008), is a thriller about Liam Neeson, an ex CIA agent, who is making an effort to make amends with his daughter, during which she is kidnapped as she was on vacation in Paris. The idea that his daughter was to be sold into the world of sex slavery compelled him to go back to action in order to rescue her. Neeson assumes calm and collected personality as he moves all over Paris in search for his daughter to release her from her captors. His investigative work is noteworthy as he is able to determine the location as well as the background of the kidnappers by using the little information he was gathering.

Even though the movie seeks to entertain viewers, it focuses on the substantive themes that are relevant to the understanding of justice and crime. The movie assists individuals determining the different categories and extents of crime. Conversely, a viewer can evaluate the performance of the criminal justice system in place, with the primary focus being the competence of the police. In this case, the basis of the evaluation relates to the performance of the police force in satisfying and improving the perceptions of victims towards crime reporting (Dammer & Albanese, 2014, p. 35). For instance, when Neeson attempts to get information from one of the French intelligence officers, he discovers that the officer was protecting the human traffickers in an evident bribery scheme.

Even though the movie displays the level of intelligence that government agents have, through Neeson, it portrays the French police in a negative light. Such a portrayal might not auger well with the French police. However, the movie is entertaining, which makes it an interesting film to watch.


Dammer, H. R., & Albanese, J. S. (2014). Comparative criminal justice systems. Belmont, CA, USA: Wadsworth Cengage Learning.

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