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Review: "Taken"

In On Film on May 12, 2009 at 7:00 pm

TakenStarring: Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen, Xander Berkley

Director: Pierre Morel

Writers: Luc Besson & Robert Mark Kamen

There are a whole slew of words that can be used to desribe “Taken”, but the only one you need to know is badass.

Neeson stars in a role we’ve seldom gotten to see him in as Bryan Mills, a man who’s willing to stop at nothing to get back what he loves, in this case his daughter, who’s been kidnapped by slave traders.  A retired spy, he quite defiantly informs the kidnappers that if they don’t release his daughter he will find them, and he will kill them, kicking off one hell of an action flick.

Its a solid 90 minutes of action and adventure that would make Jack Bauer himself weep.  Neeson’s Mills is one part MacGyver and one part James Bond, but even that fails to explain just how ruthless he gets.  There’s no sudden plot twist, no friend who betrays him, no overlooked clue.  The movie presents itself straight-forward and purely as is, not asking the viewer to interpret but simply to enjoy the story.  The action is fast and furious, and the intrigue is high.  The movie is a pure action film, and it highly excels at everything it attempts to pull off.  Its only shortcoming would have to be that it feels too short, and that the violence is withheld and largely toned down to ensure a PG-13 rating.

There’s really not a lot to say about this film, other than to continue reiterating how intriguing it is.  Its going to be a very love it or hate it movie, but by far the majority of people seem to love it.  Here’s hoping we get to see Liam Neeson play a role of this calbur again in the near future, as its a lot of fun to watch him be this ruthless and cunning.

Final Grade: B

Breaking: "Flash: Rebirth" Runs Longer

In Comic News on May 12, 2009 at 5:10 pm

DC Comics, via its Source Blog, has announced some changes to its “The Flash: Rebirth” mini.

The series, penned by Geoff Johns and drawn by Ethan Van Sciver, has been extended from a 5 issue mini-series to a 6 issue mini.  No word yet on the reason for the extension, though its likely that Geoff Johns just wants to rape some more of Barry Allen’s continuity.

We’ll be updating on this as soon as more information becomes available.  Until then, check out our reviews for issues one and two.

The Flash: Rebirth #1 Review

The Flash: Rebirth #2 Review

Derk's Pull List For the Week of 5/13/2009

In The Pull List! on May 12, 2009 at 11:37 am

Well after a long hiatus due to finals and malfunctioning computers, I am finally back around to write articles on a regular basis again. The excitement is at an unstable level, I am sure. So for my first article back, here is my pull list for this week. As usual, for a detailed description of each comic, be sure to check out Chris’s pull list.

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The Pull List! Week of May 13, 2009

In The Pull List! on May 12, 2009 at 4:09 am

Well, its a huge week for comics this week. Azrael: Death’s Dark Knight and Oracle: The Cure both end their mini series, signaling the end of Battle For The Cowl is near (next week, to be exact). Meanwhile, Marvel has pushed back the conclusion of Old Man Logan, while Punisher: Frank Castle wraps up its initial arc, and we get some fun with the pet sidekicks of Marvel characters. So, let’s dive in to this week’s Pull List! And remember, just because it isn’t on the list doesn’t mean it isn’t good.

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