To see or not to see...
Submitted by Arlana Pathammavong on March 7, 2009 - 10:52am
As an avid movie watcher, I find people are constantly asking me if I've seen this, or that, and how was that and are you going to see this. So I've decided to start a weekly blog for personal reference of movies "To see, or not to see!" And I may even throw in a recommended watch list from my dvd collection or movies I have seen.
Taken - Directed by Pierre Morel, Written by Luc Besson. MPAA rated this movie PG-13 for intense sequences of violence, disturbing thematic material, sexual content, some drug references and language.
User rating on IMDb - 8*'s out of 10.
Roger Ebert gives it 3*'s of 5. He states, "If CIA agents in general were as skilled as Bryan Mills in particular, Osama bin Laden would have been an American prisoner since late September 2001." And I'd have to agree, this is an action filled movie that keeps the "I need to see action, action, action!" movie watchers satisfied as it is non-stop throughout the duration of the movie.
Liam Neeson who plays Bryan Mills in the movie, is a retired CIA agent, who is struggling to have a good relationship with his daughter. His wife (played by Famke Janssen) had left him because of his job in the CIA and married another man. When his daughter (played by Maggie Grace)came to him wanting to go to Paris, he was hesitant to let her go, but he felt that was his one way to hang on to his daughter so allowed her to go. Shortly into their trip, his daughter and her travelling partner end up getting kidnapped. The movie continues as Neeson uses his CIA skills and goes on a mission to find his daughter in a time period determined by her kidnappers of 96 hours. There are some real and not so real moments in the movie, but all in all, I believe the movie was satisfying.
Similar To - The Bourne Identity/Supremacy/Ultimatum, with Matt Damon.
Recommended for Children - I wouldn't suggest this movie for children under the age of 13. There is a lot of drug reference and portrayl of prostitution and violence.
RECOMMENDED TO WATCH:
Little Miss Sunshine - Directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. Written by Michael Arndt. The MPAA rated this movie R for language, some sex and drug content.
User rating on IDMb is 8.1*'s out of 10.
Little Miss Sunshine came out in 2006, but I do suggest it for my "Recommend to Watch" list. It is a movie filled with laughter and simple moments.
In this movie we follow a very dysfunctional family consisting of a housewife, Sheryl (played by Toni Collette), her husband Richard Hoover (played by Greg Kinnear) who is trying to become successful as some sort of motivational speaker, the suicidal brother Frank (Steve Carell), the heroin addicted grandpa (Alan Arkin) who serves as Olive's coach, the son Dwayne (Paul Dano) who wants to become a jet pilot and who also has taken a vow of silence as a follower of some group, and of course, little Olive (Abigail Breslin). Who is a girl with one simple dream. She wants to become "Little Miss Sunshine."
It is a journey following along the lives of the Hoover family and their determination to get Olive to the Little Miss Sunshine pageant. We get to see and experience with them all of their quirks and mishaps along the way. It is a journey of a family coming together and learning from each other. I found this movie funny and heart warming. Although, I do not recommend this movie for children.