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"I will look for you, I WILL find you, and I will kill you."

Taken - Liam Neeson as Bryan Mills warns kidnapper he will find him

Description: Liam Neeson as Bryan Mills, ex-CIA agent threatening a kidnapper in the motion picture Taken (2008)

Bryan Mills is a retired CIA agent who left the service to be closer to his teenage daughter, Kim (Maggie Grace). Now divorced, it's a challenge to get to see his child since his wife Lenore (Famke Janssen) has remarried and is reluctant to have Bryan around. But when the daughter wants to take a trip to Paris, his wife and daughter petition him to sign a permission slip since Bryan is still listed as her guardian.

At first, Bryan refuses because he doesn't think a 17-year-old should travel alone, but in the end he relents. Overjoyed, his daughter thanks him profusely and heads off to Europe.

Unfortunately, when his daughter arrives in Paris, she is seen by a slave trade spotter and soon men come to her apartment and kidnap both Kim and her traveling companion.

As the kidnapping occurs, Kim is talking on her cell phone with her father and alerts him of the men who have broken into their apartment, and are, as she speaks, attacking her roommate. "Oh, My God, they've got Amanda."

Bryan preps Kim on how to behave, before her captors pull her from under the bed where she is hiding. Seeing Kim's cell phone, one of the men pick it up and listen, as Bryan warns:

"I don't know who you are. I don't know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don't have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now, that'll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don't, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you."

Believing there was no way the man on the phone could ever track him down, the kidnapper tells Bryan, "Good Luck" and leaves with the two girls in tow. The two girls will soon be sold into a prostitution ring.

"You have a ninety-six hour window of ever finding her." - CIA Contact

Brian immediately travels to Europe and using Jean-Claude (Olivier Rabourdin), an old contact in the Paris police department, as well as fellow contacts in the CIA, he obtains information on the slave traders in the city, currently controlled by the Albanians.

Soon after, Bryan finds the spotter who gave up the girls to the kidnappers. Unfortunately, after a long foot race, the man is killed by a truck. Irritated with Bryan's behavior, Jean Claude chastises his old friend for killing the spotter, saying, "you can't just run around tearing down Paris..." Bryan barks back, "I'll tear down the Eiffel Tower if I have to!"

After tracking down more leads, Bryan finds the man identified as Marko (Arben Bajraktaraj), who actually kidnapped his daughter and her friend. As Bryan approaches the man, he hands him a piece of paper, and asks, "A friend gave this to me. Its Albanian. You mind translating it?" Marko translates the words, "Good Luck." Then Bryan says, "You don't remember me? We spoke on the phone two days ago. I told you I would find you."

Taken - Bryan Mills interrogates his daughter's kidnapper

Brian transports Marko to a secluded basement and prepares to torture him, using electricity as a motivator.

"You know, we used to outsource this kind of thing. But what we found was the countries we outsourced to had unreliable power grids. Very Third World. You'd turn on a switch - power wouldn't come on, and then tempers would get short. People would resort to pulling fingernails. Acid drips on bare skin. The whole exercise would become counterproductive. But here, the power's stable. Here, there's a nice even flow. Here, you can flip a switch and the power stays on all day. Where is she?"

Without delay, Bryan electrocutes Marko and soon he blacks out from the pain. Impatient, Bryan punches Marko in the face. "Wake up! I need you to be focused!" To get his attention, Bryan stabs Marko in the leg with a metal rod. "Are you focused yet? You either give me what I need or this switch will stay on until they turn the power off for lack of payment on the bill."

Unable to handle any more pain, Marko tells his torturer what he wants to know, insisting the information he divulged is correct. Unmoved by his suffering Bryan says, "I believe you. But that won't save you." Bryan leaves the basement, but as he does, he turns the electricity back on, leaving Marko to wriggle and fry in his own juices.

In the interim, Bryan realizes that Jean-Claude, his police contact is corrupt and instead of trying to help him, he is trying to get Bryan to leave town and stop his one-man-crusade against the slave trade. Later that day, Jean-Claude comes home to find Bryan visiting with his wife, Isabelle. When Bryan demands more information, Jean-Claude pulls a gun and tries to shoot Bryan, but Bryan had removed the bullets. "That is what happens when you sit behind a desk. You forget things, like the weight in the hand of a gun that's loaded and one that's not."

Taken - Bryan Mills holds gun on Jean-Claude

With time running short, Bryan shoots Jean Claude's wife in the arm, and says, "It's a flesh wound. But if you don't get me what I need, the last thing you'll see before I make your children orphans is the bullet I put between her eyes!"

With the information he needs, Bryan flees the policeman's house to hunt down the profiteers who are responsible for stealing his daughter. Within a short time, Bryan comes upon a televised auction of kidnapped girls being sold to the highest bidder (his daughter among them). When Bryan learns where his daughter is being taken, Saint-Clair (Gérard Watkins), the facilitator of the slave auction pleads, "Please understand... it was all business. It wasn't personal." Bryan unloads his gun into the man's body, saying, "It was all personal to me."

Shortly after, Bryan's daughter is transported to a large pleasure yacht berthed on the Seine River. Rushing to his daughter's rescue, Bryan boards the yacht and battles a small army of bodyguards in the employee of a wealthy man who was now in the possession of Bryan's daughter.

Taken - Man holds knife to Kim's throat

After killing all those who went against him, Bryan breaks down a door only to find a man holding knife to his daughter's throat. As the man tries to negotiate, Bryan shoots him in the head. With the danger over, his daughter cries, "You came for me!" and rushes into her father's arms.

Note: In the sequel Taken 2 (2012) a father seeks revenge against Bryan Mills for his son's murder committed in Taken (2008). When Bryan's family is taken hostage as they visit Istanbul, someone asks, "Bryan, what are you going to do?" He answers, "What I do best. Make sure these people never bother us again."


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