I'm taken with Taken already. The trailer gave my right leg the tingles, and now a cursory view of the snarky reviews up at RottenTomatoes has me really interested.
The movie follows Liam Neeson as a kick-arse former CIA operative who kick-arses his way though the seedy underbelly of Europe to rescue his daughter.
My favorite take, a crappily written review from MSNBC, decries:
"...So it’s off to Europe for Bryan, and in no time, he’s punching, kicking and shooting his way through friend and foe alike, picking off corrupt cops, Eastern European pimps, oily girl-auctioneers and bloated Saudi oil sheiks with a taste for young virgins.
... The script also tosses in some '24'-lite torture sequences that will no doubt gladden the heart of any Bushies who miss the glory days of Gitmo. Add to that the film’s 'save the white girl from the foreign infidels' plotline — a staple of American cinema going back to the bad old days of 'Birth of a Nation' — and there’s a queasily reactionary feel to the movie that detracts from its more incitement-to-riot qualities."
Detracts? I think he meant to say "enhances."
Anybody who happens to see this over the weekend, let us know what you think.