A retired CIA agent travels across Europe and relies on his old skills to save his estranged daughter, who has been kidnapped while on a trip to Paris.

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Seventeen year-old Kim is the pride and joy of her father Bryan Mills. Bryan is a retired agent who left the Central Intelligence Agency to be near Kim in California. Kim lives with her mother Lenore and her wealthy stepfather Stuart. Kim manages to convince her reluctant father to allow her to travel to Paris with her friend Amanda. When the girls arrive in Paris they share a cab with a stranger named Peter, and Amanda lets it slip that they are alone in Paris. Using this information an Albanian gang of human traffickers kidnaps the girls. Kim barely has time to call her father and give him information. Her father gets to speak briefly to one of the kidnappers and he promises to kill the kidnappers if they do not let his daughter go free. The kidnapper wishes him "good luck," so Bryan Mills travels to Paris to search for his daughter and her friend. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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His daughter was taken. He has 96 hours to get her back. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence, disturbing thematic material, sexual content, some drug references and language | See all certifications »

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30 January 2009 (USA)  »

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Box Office

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,165,986 (UK) (26 September 2008)

Gross:

$145,000,989 (USA) (3 July 2009)
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Liam Neeson expected the film to bomb, but he signed on in order spend four months in Paris and learn karate while playing the kind of role he had rarely been offered in the past. Ironically, not only was the film a massive hit, but created a new onscreen image for Neeson as an action hero. See more »

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Throughout the movie, Bryan has no white hair. At the corrupt French police officer's apartment, his hair has white roots at the forehead. See more »

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[first lines]
Singh: Mr. Mills, how are you?
Bryan: I'm fine. How are you?
Singh: Very fine. I suppose you want to see it again?
Bryan: If you don't mind.
Singh: You know where it is.
Bryan: Oh yeah.
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The Dragster Wave
Performed by Ghinzu
Written by John Stargasm (as Stargasm), Poe, Ghinzu
From the album "Blow" by Ghinzu (www.ghinzu.com)
(c) Contemporary Art
(p) 2003 Dragoon (Contemporary Art)
Courtesy of Barclay and Universal Music Vision, a Universal Music Publishing France Division
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It doesn't get much better.
9 January 2009 | by (Author of Freedom's Run) – See all my reviews

A no nonsense, kick the crap out of everyone who gets in your way action movie. Liam Neeson's character is the angry love child of Bourne,Bond and all the other pretenders put together. If I was asked to cast the movie I guess he wouldn't have been my first choice but having seen it I can't think of anyone else I'd rather have in the role. The fight choreography is bone crunchingly good. This is one kick ass flick and one I will definitely buy on DVD. There's little doubt who the bad guys are and they get a very satisfactory smack in the mouth - when they aren't being shot or electrocuted. This was made by people who like the genre and know how to get an action movie from A to Z. I can't help but giggle at those reviews that mention plot and probability in this kind of movie. What kind of movie did they think they were going to see?


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