Picks and Pans Review: Taken

updated 02/16/2009 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/16/2009 AT 01:00 AM EST

Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace PG-13 |


How uninterested is Taken in being believable? Before tough guy Liam Neeson (below) blows 'em away, not one bad guy approached by his retired special-ops veteran bothers to ask why an American is barking Irish-accented English at them in Paris, even as he sometimes flashes credentials identifying himself as a French official. In this violent, by-the-numbers drama, Neeson has 96 hours to track down his teenage daughter (Grace) after she is kidnapped in Paris and sold into the sex trade. It's all très fatigué.

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