Best film I've seen at the theaters in a while
Reviewed by UncleKitty for Kick-Ass at 2010-04-16 00:53:32
Generally I hate going to see films in theaters due to the cost of the tickets and munchies. Rarely do I feel I've seen a film in theaters once that didn't make me feel like I'd been ripped off, and rarely have I ever seen a film there twice. This is a film I'd go to see again.
If you're a fan of comic book or superhero films, or just plain old violent action movies you should in theory love this. Be aware this isn't the typical example of either of those genres. It's rated R for a reason: Hit Girl. An 11 year old killing machine who fights while we listen to Joan Jett in the background. She steals every scene, and for good reason. She's the most over the top character in the film (possibly the most over the top I've seen in some time). Rarely have I heard an audience cheer for someone killing bad guys the way I did for her. I think the guy next to me said he was in love, much like one of the films characters did after watching her kneecap, throat slit, and headshot her way through a pack of bad guys. She is awesome incarnate.
There are a few flaws (which admittedly may be intentional given that this is a satirical parody) that prevent me from giving this a 4.0, but they are inconsequential. I?m rating this on whether or not I think you?ll feel robbed if you see it in a theater. And no. I do not believe you will.
Comic fans should pay special attention to Nicholas Cage?s brutally satirical parody of Adam West as Batman. It?s his best role in years. Well maybe. His movies have kind of sucked lately so I stopped watching them, but this is the early Nick Cage I liked in films. So it?s the best role I?ve seen him play in years. One of the great conceits of Batman (and other human level comic vigilantes) is that they let opponents live. This film tears that apart showing that basically you can?t afford to do that because in real life the first time you lost a fight you?d be dead or crippled. It?s called Kick #!@%*# because that?s what happens to the main character. A lot. A turning point in the film comes when he meets Hit Girl and Big Daddy (nothing Freudian there?) and realizes he?s in way over his head and has little more to offer the world than good intentions. I do hope the planned sequel materializes.
A pure meat and potatoes "guy movie" that really delivers the goods. It's not too over-the-top like other films of this nature tend to be. (Think an aging Jason Bourne with a teenage kid that someone nabs) I enjoyed the character set up and the tracking of the perpetrators of the kidnapping. Retribution is nasty, fierce and fitting and it was just what I was looking for with this movie. There?s some nice tension throughout the film and great justification for the lead's actions.
Reviewed by lschoene for Taken at 2009-06-23 14:09:41
Because that's how I felt after watching this movie -- taken for the $4.95 it cost to rent this piece of crap.
The movie plays out as if a first-year screenwriter had filled in a screenplay template with cliche after cliche after cliche: absentee father trying to win his way back into his daughter's heart; ex-wife remarries wealthy man who gives daughter everything bio father cannot; entire sophisticated crime syndicate brought to its knees by a retired spy gunfighting his way across Paris.
I kept wondering what Liam Neeson was thinking when he took this role. I was actually embarrassed for him in many scenes. In fact, I'm still embarrassed for having watched the entire movie.
"Jean Claude, I'll tear down the Eiffel Tower if I have to!" Seriously, who says that?! Steven Seagal, that's who. Had it been Mr. Seagal in the title role, I could have easily bypassed this stinker and saved myself 1.5 hours I'll never get back.
Unrated, Extended Cut Only Way to Watch
Reviewed by mulbyman for Taken at 2009-06-13 10:43:25
Liam Neeson seems like an unlikely bad-#!@%*#. However, that's what helps make this movie so awesome. His skills seem to be as innate as his determination. Word of advice: Do Not Watch the PG-13 Watered Down Version. There are a few scenes that really can only be appreciated by seeing the R or Unrated version of this film. Although it's somewhat predicable, the story and the action are top notch. There's one scene in particular, in the dining room of his French counterpart, where Liam's character uses a highly unexpected method to glean information from his "friend". Great story, great acting, great movie. Enjoy.
Great drama, as well as "feel good" patriotic classic. All around excellent movie, with actors and story providing plenty of engagement, and scenery/effects gluing it all together. Own this one (and watch HBO's "From the Earth to the Moon" miniseries, almost a companion piece to this motion picture)!