WATCH: Taken Film Series
Taken is a 2008 French thriller film co-written and produced by Luc Besson, starring Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace and Famke Janssen. The screenplay was written by Besson and Robert Mark Kamen, and directed by Pierre Morel. Neeson plays a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) operative who sets about tracking down his daughter after she is kidnapped by human traffickers while travelling in France. The sequel, Taken 2, was released on 3 October 2012. Despite receiving mixed reviews, Taken has generated a strong cult following since its 2008 release, and numerous media outlets have cited the film as a turning point in Neeson's career that redefined the actor as a successful action film star. Taken 2 is a 2012 English-language French action film directed by Olivier Megaton which stars a wide international cast including Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen and Rade Šerbedžija. It is the sequel to the 2008 film Taken, and was released on 3 October 2012. Despite receiving mixed reviews by critics, Taken 2 was a box office success, like its predecessor.