9 Hours Left to Support a Troper-Created Project : Personal Space (discuss)

Nightmare Fuel / Taken

  • See Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique.
  • Not to mention Bryan's cold speech about how outsourcing torture to Third World nations was ineffecient because of unreliable power grids, forcing torturers to use even more extreme methods. However, in an industrial nation like France, he can just leave the power on "until it's disconnected for lack of payment on the bills"... Which is exactly what he does.
  • Bryan searching through an impromptu brothel, coming upon several young women who are all sickly, sweaty and have their arms covered in needle marks. Brrr.
    • Him finding Amanda's body, handcuffed to the bed, dead of an overdose.
  • The scene near the end when Bryan stumbles into what can best be described as "eBay for sex slaves." It's extremely disturbing the way the announcer of the auction refers to these living, breathing human beings as though they're mere things (it's chilling to hear a person being announced as "sold for 250,000"). She calls Bryan's daughter "The last item" and the girls are forced to parade around on a small stage, scantily clad and clearly drugged (and unlike with standard prostitutes, they're not smiling or pretending that they want to be there, most likely because they can barely stand up straight and are scared out of their minds). The buyers themselves make the situation worse; they're totally nonchalant, as if they're on a routine shopping trip. Not one of them shows as much as a hint of sympathy for the innocent women who are doomed to spend the rest of their lives being raped and drugged on a regular basis. Then, after the auction, the announcer tells the buyers "That concludes the sales for tonight" and that they "can collect [their] purchases directly." Bryan, despite most likely having seen it all in his line of work with the CIA, is visibly taken aback.
  • The flashback from the girl who had Kim's jacket when she was taken to the "red 'ouse". The guy with her in the car isn't Peter. This means the gang had several spotters out snaring young women, not just the guy Bryan beats up and inadvertently kills.
    • It seems rather obvious that the organization has multiple spotters. I mean, all the girls on the construction site, the "red 'ouse", the club and not to mention all those who have disappeared or died by the time the film takes place can't have been one man's work alone.
  • The whole friggin' movie. Or to phrase it another way: for the love of all that's holy, DO NOT show this movie to a parent whose teenage child is planning on going overseas soon. Instead, show it to the kid!
  • Bryan Mills himself counts. The fact that such a normal, kind man is capable of dishing out so much pain on other fellow humans without flinching is chilling. Yes, in the movies he mostly unleashes his skills on people who deserved, but considering that the CIA certainly isn't always spot on in their intel, there is always the possibility that Mills had gone after innocents while he was an active agent.
    • You might want to consider that there is a given value of "innocent". It is incredibly unlikely that an organization such as the CIA would waste resources on making someone disappear before interrogating them if said person wasn't at least remotely connected to their objective. They might end up accidentally going after someone that isn't all that important, but they aren't going to be dealing with very nice people in the first place.
    • Also keep in mind that Bryan shot Jean-Claude's wife. At a family dinner. With kids sleeping upstairs. And he loudly announced that he would kill her unless Jean-Claude speaks.
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