Taken Review

There’s only one reason I saw this movie and that of course was Liam Neeson. He was the perfect pick and did a fantastic acting job, unfortunately I can’t say that about anyone else. I was expecting a lot more out of this movie, but what I got was highly predictable and unimaginative. They could’ve done a lot more with the simple plot, but instead just did what all films about basically the same plot do. Most might find the action in this movie entertaining, but I wasn’t amused by the many action scenes in the movie.

The movie had the simple plot of a daughter going on a vacation and getting kidnapped. Then her, ex-CIA agent, father goes on a quest to save her. Now a simple plot can sometimes be a lot  more powerful then it seems, take No Country for Old Men example. This is not one of those movies. It was just like any one of the 50 Harrison Ford movies about the same thing except with a better actor thrown in. Now one of these stereotypical kidnapping movies haven’t come out in a while so the public was blind- sighted, but I was not very entertained. The only scenes I really fully enjoyed were the dialogue scenes involving Liam Neeson.

The ending was predictable as everything else and the fact that the daughter didn’t show any signs of more affection towards her father a few days after being saved tells me the that this movie and especially the ending was not thought through very well. Well Taken was a decent film to start off the new year. Simple action plots are always good to start the year off, but there could’ve been a lot more to this one, with a great actor like Liam Neeson behind the project.

Grade: C-

Top Ten Most Anticipated Films of 2009

Looking ahead to the future year of films I am very excited for a large amount of them. There is one movie that I am very excited for that unfortunately did not make this list. That film is Terminator Salvation. Terminator Salvation looks exceptionally good and more intense than the last few, but I’m also thinking of boycotting it because I don’t think you should make a terminator movie without Arnold. On a different note for any frequent viewers, I will be posting my top ten movies of 2008 and my top ten performances of 2008 soon, so stay tuned and be patient. Well here’s my top ten most anticipated movies of 2009:

 

 

10. Shutter Island

Without knowing much about it other than its about a serial killer escaping to a desolate island, I am excited for it because its directed by Martin Scorsese.

 

9. The Soloist

This looks like an excellent film of story, acting, and friendship. The trailer gives chills every single time.

8. Watchmen

This looks visually amazing and its based on what’s supposed to be the greatest graphic novels ever written and within the top 100 greatest novels ever written. The story should be great, I’m just worried about the acting and direction.

7. Taken

I love Liam Neeson, the trailer looks great, and this looks like a good piece of entertainment to get this year started.

6. Up

Every ixar movie ever made has been good in my opinion and this looks no different. You can expect a top ten pixar movies list after this is released.

5. Sherlock Holmes

Robert Downey Jr. in a Guy Ritchie movie based on a famous novel, sounds like the recipe to a masterpiece to me.

 

4. The Wolfman

A remake starring a fantastic actor taking a simple story into much poetic and complex depths. Benecio Del Toro has never disappointed and won’t.

 

3. Public Enemies

This is the next classic gangster movie based on the true crime wave in the 1930s. Its the story of the FBI and the infamous gangster it was invented to stop. The movie stars Christian Bale and Johnny Depp and will be fantastic.

 

2. Nine

No, not the animated movie by Tim Burton, the epic musical starring Daniel Day-Lewis about a director in the search of his next big money maker and the women trying to force the art out of him.

 

1. Inglorious Bastards

Quentin Tarantino is a spectacular director, Brad Pitt is a great actor and I haven’t seen a good war movie in a long time. All of Tarantino’s movies are incredible and this is his next masterpiece.