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Trailer Blazer: 'Taken'

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Sadly, the name Luc Besson doesn’t inspire the same cinematic giddiness as it did in the early ’90s, when the Frenchman directed the classic existential action thrillers La Femme Nikita and The Professional. But when I saw his name attached — only in a writing-producing capacity — to this Liam Neeson thriller, I was intrigued. And when I saw the trailer, I got a whole lot more intrigued.

There’s a great moment in this spot, when Neeson picks up the phone to talk to his daughter’s abductors, and you think he’s going to be all “worried father please don’t hurt my baby,” but he starts that speech. Well played. Qui-Gon Jinn as Papa Bad-Ass? Yeah, I’m there. While this director’s previous flick, District B13, was a little short on all things script-related, it didn’t skimp on the whip-frenzy derring-do. And now, with a real actor at the center of what looks like a pre-revenge thriller… hoo boy.

Now, if only it had a stateside release date…

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