ProductionThe film is produced by Luc Besson's Europacorp.DistributionTaken premiered in France on February 27, 2008, with releases in the United Kingdom andUnited States following on September 26, 2008 and January 30, 2009, respectively.ReceptionOn its opening day in the United States, the film grossed $9.4 million, scoring the best openingday ever for Super Bowl weekend. As of March 13, 2009, the film had grossed $119,597,036in the United States and Canada, and $192,652,546 worldwide, making it the highest-grossingfilm of 2009.Although very profitable and successful with audiences as a whole, the movie has receivedmixed reviews from professional critics. Dan Kois of the Washington Post described the film as"a satisfying thriller as grimly professional as its efficient hero" and likens the action to theBourne series. Derek Elley of Variety described the film as a "dumb, pedal-to-the-metalactioner." He added, "Besson alum Pierre Morel ... wisely doesn't give the viewer any time to ponder the string of unlikely coincidences in the script by Besson and regular scribe Robert Mark Kamen. From the actual kidnapping—breathlessly staged with Kim actually on the phone withdad—to Bryan arriving in Paris and immediately causing a pileup outside the airport, pic has theforward, devil-may-care momentum of a Bond movie on steroids." He criticizes, the "widescreen package is technically slick at all levels, and ditto the action choreography, in a cartoonishway." Kenneth Turan, of the The Los Angeles Times, described the premise of Taken as "a brisk and violent action programmer that can't help being unintentionally silly at times...Obviously, Taken is not the kind of action film to spend much time worrying about its pedestrianscript or largely indifferent acting, so it's fortunate to have Neeson in the starring role." Hecharacterized Bryan Mills as "a relentless attack machine who is impervious to fists, bullets andfast-moving cars, he uses a variety of martial skills to knock out more opponents than MikeTyson and casually kill those he doesn't KO."The film has been frequently compared to the television series 24- with Neeson's character compared to Jack Bauer and Grace's to Kim Bauer. Xander Berkeley, who played George Masonon 24, also has a small role in the film.References1. ^ a b "Taken (2009)". Box Office Mojo.http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=taken.htm. Retrieved on 2009-03-13.2. ^ Jaafar, Ali; Keslassy, Elsa (21 November 2008). "New French wave prefers genre films -Morel, Leterrier, Aja lead new crop of directors". Variety.http://www.variety.com/index.asp?layout=print_story&articleid=VR1117996318&categoryid=2523. Retrieved on 1 February 2009.3. ^ McClintock, Pamela (31 January 2009). "Box office crown 'Taken' by Fox". Variety.http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117999391.html?categoryid=13&cs=1. Retrieved on 1February 2009.