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RE: Taken - 29/1/2009 10:02:55 AM   
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Taken is a brilliant film. I've not been so surprised by a movie since Mr. Brooks (which is also awesome). Although the ending was a little too twee for my taste after such tense watching - seriously, my muscles felt like I'd been through a work-out! - the rest was absolutely superb. Didn't think Liam Neeson on the ultimate revenge trail would work even on paper, but his performance was one to be reckoned with.

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RE: Taken - 31/1/2009 11:38:38 PM   
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Empire gave this one star?
Did the reviewer watch a different movie or something?


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RE: Taken - 2/2/2009 12:28:05 PM   
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Taken has just opened at number 1 in America with a $26m haul over the Superbowl weekend. And it's got an average rating of 8.0 on IMDB. I didn't bother with it at the cinema based on Empire's review, but I'll sure as shit be checking out the DVD.

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RE: Taken - 2/2/2009 12:32:58 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: dark_exodus

Empire gave this one star?
Did the reviewer watch a different movie or something?



One star?  Total b*llocks.  That would suggest the reviewer didn't enjoy a single moment - who reviewed it?  Maybe if it's not foreign, in black & white and with arty sweeping shorelines and gusty winds bellowing over remorseful widows on clifftops, set to a lonely orchestral dirge they aren't interested.

Kinda like Barry Norman.

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RE: Taken - 2/2/2009 12:35:23 PM   
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Different reviewer, different review for the DVD - 3 stars!

Now, stop whining!

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RE: Way Off - 2/2/2009 3:44:36 PM   
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Why does there have to be a subtext to everything? We all know the only human trafficing is a film about clubbing. I can just imagine the chin stroking that was on News Night review.
I saw this in New York and it's pg13 rated over here, so obviously bits were cut out. One flaw for me was some of the action scenes, it seemed (could have something to do with the editing down to pg13) that Neesons character should have been shot a couple times as he was more or less in the direct line of fire.
I thought it was a good solid action/revenge flick and would definitely go see Neeson in a leading man action role again.

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Finding Nemo 2 - This Time It's Personal! - 2/2/2009 5:00:12 PM   
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Cannot disagree more with the reviewer, his main problem seems to be the assertion that Neeson's character is American. If he wanted to do an American accent he would have done, so I took that to mean that although he had emigrated to the US and spent most of his life working for them, he was Irish. That turns the story into about a Father who uses his badass skills to save his daughter.

Also any movie that mentions the very real risk of abduction for human trafficking cannot be ridiculed for saying that it happens in Paris, because it happens everywhere. And it is also true that the victims usually end up in middle eastern countries if only because it is easier for them to "disappear" that way.

This movie was far superior to Commando in so many ways, but just one that I admired was the way they had Neeson realistically doing stuff a guy his age (peak fitness of course) could do. The way he fought was not showy (any more than it has to be to be visible in a movie) but reserved and showed experience by always being one step ahead.

Finally at no point did he shoot or harm any innocent bystander, unless you count the serving staff at the flesh auction (I wouldn't call them innocent). The black guy who attacked him at the taxi rank was one of the spotters, the girl who got shot at the first place he went to was shot by one of the bad guys. The worst he did was steal someone's car from outside their home.

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Jolin's spot on... - 2/2/2009 8:27:52 PM   
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Decided to watch this after about 20 people at the video store I work at brought it back and said it was brilliant....well they're all wrong. Leaving aside the lack of realism, and the cheesiness, the film was so fucking predictable! If you're the sort of person who equates the number of necks broken with how good a film is then...well....you're a fucking idiot. And the ending!!! Hilarious. Still, I can't give it one star, I've seen worse....I think.

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RE: Jolin's spot on... - 3/2/2009 10:14:24 AM   
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Great line in the DVD review!

The movie is still shite...

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RE: Finding Nemo 2 - This Time It's Personal! - 4/2/2009 11:39:45 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: bobsuncorp

Cannot disagree more with the reviewer, his main problem seems to be the assertion that Neeson's character is American. If he wanted to do an American accent he would have done, so I took that to mean that although he had emigrated to the US and spent most of his life working for them, he was Irish. That turns the story into about a Father who uses his badass skills to save his daughter.

Also any movie that mentions the very real risk of abduction for human trafficking cannot be ridiculed for saying that it happens in Paris, because it happens everywhere. And it is also true that the victims usually end up in middle eastern countries if only because it is easier for them to "disappear" that way.

This movie was far superior to Commando in so many ways, but just one that I admired was the way they had Neeson realistically doing stuff a guy his age (peak fitness of course) could do. The way he fought was not showy (any more than it has to be to be visible in a movie) but reserved and showed experience by always being one step ahead.

Finally at no point did he shoot or harm any innocent bystander, unless you count the serving staff at the flesh auction (I wouldn't call them innocent). The black guy who attacked him at the taxi rank was one of the spotters, the girl who got shot at the first place he went to was shot by one of the bad guys. The worst he did was steal someone's car from outside their home.


Ha ha, what about the French policeman's wife, he shot her in the arm!!! That was viscious (but badass)

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RE: Finding Nemo 2 - This Time It's Personal! - 4/2/2009 3:22:50 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: DONOVAN KURTWOOD

quote:

ORIGINAL: bobsuncorp

Cannot disagree more with the reviewer, his main problem seems to be the assertion that Neeson's character is American. If he wanted to do an American accent he would have done, so I took that to mean that although he had emigrated to the US and spent most of his life working for them, he was Irish. That turns the story into about a Father who uses his badass skills to save his daughter.

Also any movie that mentions the very real risk of abduction for human trafficking cannot be ridiculed for saying that it happens in Paris, because it happens everywhere. And it is also true that the victims usually end up in middle eastern countries if only because it is easier for them to "disappear" that way.

This movie was far superior to Commando in so many ways, but just one that I admired was the way they had Neeson realistically doing stuff a guy his age (peak fitness of course) could do. The way he fought was not showy (any more than it has to be to be visible in a movie) but reserved and showed experience by always being one step ahead.

Finally at no point did he shoot or harm any innocent bystander, unless you count the serving staff at the flesh auction (I wouldn't call them innocent). The black guy who attacked him at the taxi rank was one of the spotters, the girl who got shot at the first place he went to was shot by one of the bad guys. The worst he did was steal someone's car from outside their home.


Ha ha, what about the French policeman's wife, he shot her in the arm!!! That was viscious (but badass)


That was a classic film moment! Totally unexpected

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RE: Jolin's spot on... - 4/2/2009 11:14:10 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: SonnyDaze

Decided to watch this after about 20 people at the video store I work at brought it back and said it was brilliant....well they're all wrong. Leaving aside the lack of realism, and the cheesiness, the film was so fucking predictable! If you're the sort of person who equates the number of necks broken with how good a film is then...well....you're a fucking idiot. And the ending!!! Hilarious. Still, I can't give it one star, I've seen worse....I think.


I wasn't aware that this feature film was a documentary on close-quarters combat against Albanian sex traffickers and lascivious Middle Eastern businessmen? The film for me has a grounded feel whilst also retaining the fantastical element of Monsieur Neeson not incurring a scratch. I did not notice any one here basing their thrills on the number of broken bones but the actual frenetic brutality employed against his adversaries and cold methodical hunting of his antagonists. The chilling piece of dialogue he delivers to the kidnapper on the phone is priceless and for me (and others I suspect), Liam Neeson in such a convincing action role is a revelation. Of course you did not recognise this (whereupon you made a cheap generalisation) and instead labelled those who enjoyed the film as a "fucking idiot". Notwithstanding the shallow diction you utilised, I would say you are the bloody clown here.

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Reviewer is full of crap - 6/2/2009 12:48:33 PM   
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Excellent movie. Fair enough it had some cheesy dialogue. But as a action movie i thought it was kick ass. Liam rivals jason borne in the fight sequences. Liam has just gone up a few notches in my book.

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RE: Reviewer is full of crap - 6/2/2009 11:17:16 PM   
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Damn, it's good to see a fight scene that is kinetic, without being incomprehensible. Great stuff!

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Sometimes... - 12/2/2009 6:08:25 PM   
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It's best not to pay attention to the empire review. This is a cracking film, and great entertainment.

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- 16/2/2009 1:04:33 PM   
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Kick-ass action that shouldn't be taken for anything more than a lads beat em up. Yes, a bit cheesy but entertaining

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- 17/2/2009 8:47:53 PM   
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Taken is probably the definition of a guilty pleasure; suspenseful thrilling in the uptake, but, afterwards, you’ll ponder whether it was just Neeson’s pugilistic ass-kicking that really compelled you.

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RE: - 17/2/2009 10:13:40 PM   
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I just watched it. It was ok. My only major problem with the film was the daughter. Why did she run (hobble) everywhere like a 12 year old with polio? It was ridiculous. To put it bluntly, she was a spoiled, childish twat. She wasn't worth saving which kind of negates the whole film.

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RE: Jolin's spot on... - 18/2/2009 6:47:45 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Emyr Thy King

quote:

ORIGINAL: SonnyDaze

Decided to watch this after about 20 people at the video store I work at brought it back and said it was brilliant....well they're all wrong. Leaving aside the lack of realism, and the cheesiness, the film was so fucking predictable! If you're the sort of person who equates the number of necks broken with how good a film is then...well....you're a fucking idiot. And the ending!!! Hilarious. Still, I can't give it one star, I've seen worse....I think.


I wasn't aware that this feature film was a documentary on close-quarters combat against Albanian sex traffickers and lascivious Middle Eastern businessmen? The film for me has a grounded feel whilst also retaining the fantastical element of Monsieur Neeson not incurring a scratch. I did not notice any one here basing their thrills on the number of broken bones but the actual frenetic brutality employed against his adversaries and cold methodical hunting of his antagonists. The chilling piece of dialogue he delivers to the kidnapper on the phone is priceless and for me (and others I suspect), Liam Neeson in such a convincing action role is a revelation. Of course you did not recognise this (whereupon you made a cheap generalisation) and instead labelled those who enjoyed the film as a "fucking idiot". Notwithstanding the shallow diction you utilised, I would say you are the bloody clown here.


It was priceless alright, priceless for being fucking hilarious! As soon as he said "I will hunt you, I will find you and I will kill you" (or something to that effect), me and my friend looked at each other and just burst out laughing! Honestly it was the most cheesy, clichéd piece of dialogue I've ever heard.

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RE: RE: - 19/2/2009 1:14:52 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Bickle

I just watched it. It was ok. My only major problem with the film was the daughter. Why did she run (hobble) everywhere like a 12 year old with polio? It was ridiculous. To put it bluntly, she was a spoiled, childish twat. She wasn't worth saving which kind of negates the whole film.


The only time she didn't run is when she was kidnapped.

Anway, Taken is a gritty yet fun action film with a great performance from Liam Neeson. I give it a solid three stars.


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RE: RE: - 19/2/2009 3:31:25 PM   
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Taken would probably have been an average 5 out of 10 action film, nothing particulary outstanding about it, not bad but certainly not great....would have been.....however it had Liam Neeson it, a man who can pretty much lower the quality of anything he stars in (take Batman Begins which he also pretty much ruined).

Apart from my personal dislike of Neeson I fail to see why this film got so much hype when it was released, nothing stands out in it, the action is pretty standard fare and considering it is rated 18 I expected more intense torture scenes but it seemed on the same scale as Casino Royale which gets away with a 12 rating

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RE: RE: - 19/2/2009 5:40:25 PM   
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Strangely, I thought the film was quite awesome when I caught it at the cinema a few months back, but then I watched it again on Blu Ray last night and it didn't hold up too well.
For a film with such a short running time it takes a little too long to get into the good stuff, the opening scenes with facking Holly Valance are dire, and the chick from Lost is a little shitty too. And then when the action finally kicks in it's all quite timid, especially considering its new 18 rating (I've definitely been spoiled by Punisher:Warzone) and the fight scenes themselves are very very quick, it's all well and good declaring Neeson our new ultimate movie bad ass, but when he finishes off most of the folk in the film with just two punches the title seems a tad undeserved.
It's worth a watch I suppose, but I kind of regret buying it now. A 2/5 from me.

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RE: Taken - 21/2/2009 10:06:55 PM   
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1 star my ass!!! Watched it a few days ago and it was a damned good action/revenge flick.Watching Neeson take apart pure scum was a joy to watch.

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Toss - 22/2/2009 12:13:00 AM   
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The kind of toss I've come to expect from anything Luc Besson touches. A bit like the Midas Touch only more $hit orientated. The Empire review pretty much hits it. Nasty, xenophobic, insulting, cliched, trite and arguably racist. Hopes to ape the Bourne franchise but replaces the elegant simplicity of the Bourne plot line with a clunking anti-anything not American version. Which makes all the violence... well... just violence, really. Don't get me wrong, I think Liam Neeson is the Dog's Bollocks. We don't see enough of him (which is why I suspended my extreme caution and wasted money on this cack). But what's he doing in this load of w@nk? I'm sorry to say, if you enjoyed this, you should be taking a long hard look at why. Arse.

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RE: Toss - 22/2/2009 4:02:46 AM   
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If you paid  to see this awful film, then congratulations; you are a complete moron!

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RE:RE: Toss - 22/2/2009 9:06:51 AM   
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How do you know its awful?

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RE: RE:RE: Toss - 23/2/2009 4:59:53 PM   
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The daughter was so bloody annoying i was praying for her to die. otherwise i was very surprised by how much i enjoyed it

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RE: One of the best modern-day "action movies" - 1/3/2009 2:10:29 PM   
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What the hell was wrong with this? So what, it's not intellectual. It's not deep. It's not philosophical. So? It's not bloody supposed to be is it!? It's just your run-of-the-mill, modern day enjoyable action movie. Neeson made it to be fair as some of the other acting was rather cheesy but on the whole it was very entertaining and kept me fixed until the very end. What's wrong with enjoying a movie like that nowadays?

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Venomous yes - 3/3/2009 2:20:41 PM   
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Since when did EMpire become so cynical? Wow I read the review after seeing the movie and I was surprised at the hatred. Ok so everything that is said about the plot and characters and stereotypes is true. But since when did films like this actually care about plot and character etc. This is about the action which is pretty good. This review actually made me think Empire hated films. Watch it for what it is- action all the way, not for what Empire wants it to be- a meaningful film that fails. Its an action film that manages action. If the Punisher Warzone gets two stars then this gets three.

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RE: Taken - 4/3/2009 12:30:16 PM   
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This film honestly reminded me of an episode of Dark Place.

To the point where I question whether or not that might actually be the intention.

Probably the most unintentionally funny film I've seen in a long time

5 stars

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