As he reaches the near twilight years of his career, it surprises me more and more just how many solid action movies Liam Neeson has put out there. The Commuter fast became one of my favourite movies of 2018, and it seemed only fair to check out Taken, a notorious classic amongst action film fans and my grandfather. Neeson is fast becoming a favourite of mine, and if he continues strong outputs like Taken then he’ll be a sure fire hit in no time at all.
Neeson’s charm and general likeability is what makes his leading role as concerned father Bryan Mills, who after relenting and giving in to his daughter’s holiday plans, goes on a mission to find her after she’s kidnapped by people smugglers. As someone that was going on holiday only weeks after watching this movie, it did cause quite a distressing time. I wasn’t going to Paris at least, I went to Hull instead, but I still wonder if there are people smugglers in Hull.
That’s beside the point though, as Pierre Morel’s foray into the Neeson action genre is a triumphant hit, a route I wish he had continued down. His action is well developed, pausing continually to shine some light on a simplistic yet enjoyable story. A great eye for direction goes a long way in making the lengthier scenes of story development that little bit more interesting, and Morel’s capabilities in making an action scene are sublime. His impressive work faulters ever so slightly during the build-up of bigger scenes, so in essence whenever Neeson isn’t present on camera, there’s never really all that much of interest going on.
A solid action movie, probably a better modern action movie than a lot of others within the same genre. Certainly one of the best action movies from the 21st century, a pure call back to the days where a simple story and a tight running time was enough to appease the action genre fans.