Taken- Review Not Your Average Origin Story!

In the “Taken” film franchise starring Liam Neeson, we see an older Bryan Mills use his “particular set of skills” in freeing his daughter and ex-wife from various terrorists and kidnappers.

In this rebooted origin story, we meet a younger Bryan Mills, played by Clive Standen (Vikings)  who as a former Green Beret,  has a skill set that stops an attack on a train which results in the loss of his younger sister.

TAKEN -- "Pilot" -- Pictured: Clive Standen as Bryan Mills -- (Photo by: Christos Kalohoridis/NBC)
TAKEN — “Pilot” — Pictured: Clive Standen as Bryan Mills — (Photo by: Christos Kalohoridis/NBC)

Therefore, begins the “Taken” aspect of this brand new reboot.

I call it a reboot because it’s not really a prequel per se.  It’s set in present day rather than in the past.

I really like Standen’s portrayal of Mills.  He’s tough, yet vulnerable.  It’s a brand new Mills. Don’t think of him as Liam Neesson’s Mills.   This new version of Mills reacts due to a tragic loss compared to Neeson’s calmer and organized way of dealing with people who have hurt him.

And that’s great because Standen’s Mills brings us on this journey with him, remember Standen’s Mills hasn’t developed the films particular set of skills yet and hopefully we’ll get to see him do just that.   It’s a marathon for this type of character to develop, not a sprint.

TAKEN -- "Pilot" -- Pictured: Clive Standen as Bryan Mills -- (Photo by: Cristos Kalohoridis/NBC)
TAKEN — “Pilot” — Pictured: Clive Standen as Bryan Mills — (Photo by: Cristos Kalohoridis/NBC)

 

I love that despite his amazing fighting and gun skills there is an awkward, element about Standen’s Mills. Especially, when it comes to the people he cares for.  Like the sweater in the pilot when he goes home to his parents, and the touching moment with Mills and his mother that was a highlight.

And there is a TON of action!  It is a Luc Besson project after all.  Watching Mills in action, Christina Hart played by Jennifer Beals recruits him into a secret branch of the CIA for her own use.  She is ruthless and I don’t have her quite figured out yet. And maybe that’s by design.  Beals  portrayal of Hart is interesting for sure.

After watching four episodes of this show, I encourage people to watch. Try this show on its own merits. It’s definitely a ride. There’s great action scenes a plenty along with a great ensemble cast.

Four out of Five Scoops!

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