Taken director Pierre Morel has spoke about the Liam Neeson-led action film’s legacy 15 years after its release.
In an interview with ComingSoon, Morel was asked about his thoughts on Taken and the legacy of the film after first being released 15 years ago. The director noted that the film helped start the trend of using actors from outside of the action genre in action movies.
“Already 15 years? Oh gosh, it went like a breeze. [Laughs]. I don’t know,” Morel stated. “I think one thing that changed with Taken and for other actors is that you would not employ action hero actors to make action, but people who come from different things. Things have changed from that point on. You use people you don’t expect to do. Well, that’s the way I like to do things. You don’t use people, you expect to do action and you bring them to doing action. So you already have their acting capacity in drama or in fun or in comedy, whatever you want, then you bring them into action. You don’t overuse the same action guys again and again, basically.”
What is Taken about?
“Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson), a former government operative, is trying to reconnect with his daughter, Kim (Maggie Grace),” reads the film‘s synopsis. “Then his worst fears become real when sex slavers abduct Kim and her friend shortly after they arrive in Paris for vacation. With just four days until Kim will be auctioned off, Bryan must call on every skill he learned in black ops to rescue her.”