Trivia / Taken

Movie

  • And You Thought It Would Fail: Liam Neeson himself never expected this movie to be very successful; not only was it a success, it cemented his image of a badass action star.
  • California Doubling: Certain scenes in the third film (such as driving ones) were filmed in coastal Southern Spain.
  • Completely Different Title:
    • In Germany, the first movie is known as 96 Hours... complete without translation in English, making finding this article exceptionally hard without the help of IMDB.
    • And in Russia it's called "The Hostage" (Заложница).
    • In Italy, it became "Io vi troverò" ("I will find you").
    • In Spain, it's "Venganza" ("Revenge").
    • In Latin America, it's called "Búsqueda Implacable" (Implacable Search)
  • Dawson Casting: 25-year-old Maggie Grace as 17-year-old Kim in the first movie. She's 29 in the sequel which is supposed to have happened two years later.
  • Fake Nationality:
    • Irishman Liam Neeson plays an American.
    • Dutchwoman Famke Janssen plays an American.
    • Rade Serbedzija is a Croatian Serb and plays an Albanian in the sequel.
    • In the sequel there is not a single Albanian, because they found the movie to be offensive and disregarded the old and sacred revenge tradition. All the Albanians are played by Kurds, because even the Turks did not want a part in it.
  • Money, Dear Boy: Liam Neeson didn't really care about the first film and only took the job because he thought it was a Direct-to-Video film and would be a quick paycheck and also because he was trying to keep busy in the wake of his wife's death. His fee went up considerably for the sequels when he realized he had a franchise on his hands and he was paid 20 million dollars to play Bryan again in Taken 3.
  • The Other Darrin: Stuart from the first movie goes from being played by Xander Berkeley to Dougray Scott.
  • Referenced by...:
    • During the Gower Quest in RuneScape, the player tells Sphenishchev that they need someone with a "very particular set of skills."
    • In The Flash episode "Infantino Street", Barry Allen tells Leonard Snart that he needs his "particular set of skills." Snart replies, "Great movie."
    • The Arrow episode "Taken" has a similar premise as the film.
    • In Deadpool, the titular character mentions, "I had another Liam Neeson nightmare. I kidnapped his daughter and he just wasn't having it. They made three of those movies. At some point you have to wonder if he's just a bad parent."
  • Revised Ending: Taken 2 originally had a different ending than the one that ended up in cinemas. In the original ending, Bryan rescues Lenore from Murad’s men before going to the Embassy and she is the one who gives Kim directions while Bryan shoots the cars chasing them. They crash into the Embassy, call Sam for help and cuddle as a family while they wait for the all clear. A representative comes to greet them and Bryan introduces Kim and Lenore with an awkward moment because he doesn’t know how to describe his and Lenore’s relationship. He decides to go after Murad and Lenore follows him, asking what he’s going to do. Bryan replies, “What I do best,” and turns to go. Lenore watches him leave before turning to comfort Kim. Bryan tracking and fighting Murad and his men is the same as the theatrical version only without Lenore’s scenes. After this, the ending continues as it did in the theatrical cut with Kim passing her driving test and them going out for milkshakes with a surprise appearance by Jamie. Olivier Megaton felt that Bryan going after Murad and his men after Lenore and Kim were safe put his actions into a morally grey area that he was uncomfortable with, so he prolonged Lenore’s rescue to make Bryan’s actions more justifiable.
  • What Could Have Been: Jeff Bridges was originally cast as Bryan Mills, but he dropped out.

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