Taken (franchise)

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Taken trilogy DVD cover.jpg
The DVD cover for the 3-film box set
Directed by
Produced byLuc Besson
Screenplay by
Music byNathaniel Méchaly
Edited by
Distributed by20th Century Fox (English territories)
EuropaCorp (France and Worldwide)
Release date
Running time
294 minutes
Budget$119 million
Box office$929.5 million

Taken is a series of English-language French action films beginning with Taken in 2008. The dialogue of all three films is primarily English, and all three feature Liam Neeson as Bryan Mills. The first film received mixed reviews from critics but a positive response from audiences, but the two sequels were negatively received. The series grossed a combined $929 million worldwide.

A television series is based on a similar storyline and stars Clive Standen as Bryan Mills, premiered in February 2017.


Taken (2009)[edit]

A retired CIA operative named Bryan Mills crosses the globe to rescue his 17-year-old daughter after she is kidnapped by a group of Albanian human traffickers and sold into sexual slavery while traveling in France.

Taken 2 (2012)[edit]

Mafia boss and terrorist Murad, the father of Marko, whom Bryan had killed by electrocution in the first film of the trilogy, plans to capture Bryan, who is vacationing with his family in Istanbul, and avenge his son's death.

Taken 3 (2015)[edit]

Bryan has been framed for the murder of his ex-wife, Lenore. He then sets out to clear his name by going after the real killers, while also eluding capture from U.S. authorities for which he formerly worked.


Taken (2017–2018)[edit]

In September 2015, NBC ordered a Taken television series depicting a young Bryan Mills.[1] In February 2016, Vikings actor Clive Standen was announced to play the young Bryan Mills, with Alex Carey as the showrunner.[2]

Characters and cast[edit]

Characters Films Television series
Taken Taken 2 Taken 3 Taken
2008 2012 2014 2017–2018
Bryan Mills Liam Neeson Clive Standen
Kim Mills Maggie Grace
Lenore "Lenny" Mills-St. John Famke Janssen
Sam Gilroy Leland Orser Michael Irby
Mark Casey Jon Gries James Landry Hebert
Bernie Harris David Warshofsky D. B. Sweeney David Warshofsky Jose Pablo Cantillo
Jean-Claude Pitrel Olivier Rabourdin
Stuart St. John Xander Berkeley Dougray Scott
Sheerah Holly Valance
Amanda Katie Cassidy
Marko Hoxha Arben Bajraktaraj Photograph
Patrice Saint-Clair Gérard Watkins
Murad Hoxha Rade Šerbedžija
Jamie Conrad Luke Grimes
Inspector Durmaz Kevork Malikyan
Inspector Franck Dotzler Forest Whitaker
Oleg Malankov Sam Spruell
Jimmy Jonny Weston
Detective Smith Dylan Bruno
Detective Garcia Don Harvey
Detective Johnson Al Sapienza

Crew and other[edit]

Crew/Detail Film
Taken Taken 2 Taken 3
Director Pierre Morel Olivier Megaton
Writer Luc Besson
Robert Mark Kamen
Producer Luc Besson
Music Nathaniel Méchaly
Running time 93 minutes 91 minutes 108 minutes
Distributor EuropaCorp (France)
20th Century Fox (US)


Box office performance[edit]

Film Release date Box office gross Box office ranking Budget Reference(s)
United States North America Other
Worldwide All time
North America
All time
Taken 27 February 2008 30 January 2009 $145.000.989 $81.829.579 $226.830.568 #292 #500 $25.000.000 [3]
Taken 2 7 September 2012 5 October 2012 $139.854.287 $236.287.019 $376.141.306 #318 #219 $46.000.000 [4]
Taken 3 16 December 2014 9 January 2015 $89.256.424 $237.222.717 $326.479.141 #697 #357 $48.000.000 [5][6]
Total $373,827,507 $555,339,315 $929,451,015 $119.000.000 [7]

Critical and public response[edit]

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic CinemaScore
Taken 58% (169 reviews)[8] 50 (31 reviews)[9] A−[10]
Taken 2 21% (165 reviews)[11] 45 (35 reviews)[12] B+[10]
Taken 3 12% (109 reviews)[13] 26 (30 reviews)[14] B+[10]


  1. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (September 17, 2015). "'Taken' Prequel TV Series Ordered by NBC with Luc Besson Producing". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 18, 2015.
  2. ^ Ausiello, Michael (February 22, 2016). "Clive Standen Joins NBC's Taken Series". TVLine. Retrieved February 22, 2016.
  3. ^ "Taken (2009)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved March 31, 2014.
  4. ^ "Taken 2 (2012)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved March 31, 2014.
  5. ^ "Taken 3 (2015)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 26, 2015.
  6. ^ Lang, Brent (January 7, 2015). "Box Office: Liam Neeson and 'Taken 3' to Unseat 'The Hobbit'". Variety. Retrieved January 8, 2015.
  7. ^ "Taken Franchise". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved February 7, 2015.
  8. ^ "Taken (2009)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved March 31, 2014.
  9. ^ "Taken (2009): Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved March 31, 2014.
  10. ^ a b c "CinemaScore". CinemaScore. Archived from the original on February 6, 2018. Retrieved November 16, 2018.
  11. ^ "Taken 2 (2012)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved March 31, 2014.
  12. ^ "Taken 2 (2012): Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved March 31, 2014.
  13. ^ "Taken 3 (2015)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved January 9, 2015.
  14. ^ "Taken 3 (2015): Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved January 9, 2015.

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