If you enjoyed Liam Neeson’s performance in the Taken series, you’ll want to see these other similar action films to satisfy your craving for a bloody revenge thriller.
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After a lackluster opening with critics, Liam Neeson’s performance as Bryan Mills in the 2008 action thriller Taken quickly developed a dedicated fan base, making it an unexpected success and inspiring two more films in the following six years.
These other action-thriller films with similar qualities will satisfy the hunger of the franchise’s fans who have seen the Taken movies numerous times. They include respected dramatic actors playing the role of a violent vigilante.
Mark Birrell made the following update on March 13th, 2021: You cannot overstate how popular Taken is. Even some of the key people involved in its production were surprised by its enormous success, and, even after the third film, when star Liam Neeson left his role as Bryan Mills, the TakenTV series continued to grow among its fanbase steadily.
But with only three films in the series, fans may get bored with the same old action after watching the whole thing. We’ve added even more examples of films like Taken to the library so that fans never run out of exciting stories to watch with great actors.
1. Man on Fire (2004)
Taken got mixed to negative reviews from the critics, but Tony Scott’s Man on Fire was well-received by moviegoers and is frequently mentioned as one of the best revenge thrillers ever made, like Taken.
After being in the military and the CIA, Denzel Washington is now a ruthless one-man army looking to exact revenge on the gangsters and corrupt cops who kidnapped his bodyguarding Dakota Fanning.
2. Death Wish (2018)
Taken fans will appreciate Eli Roth’s more conventional retribution film, which stars Charles Bronson in the role originated by Michael Winner in the 1970s.
There are no major changes to the storyline, with Willis still playing a man who becomes a murderous vigilante after his wife is murdered and his daughter is left in the hospital following a home invasion, but the 2018 version ups the ante in terms of firepower and brutality to better match the overall franchise image.
3. Haywire (2011)
Soderbergh directed this tight spy thriller about a fearless special operations soldier who is betrayed by her own team and embarks on a bloody, Jason Bourne-like vengeance spree after the betrayal.
Carano plays the lead in a stellar cast that includes Tatum, Fassbender, and McGregor among others. The director’s eye for realism results in some of the most brutal bare-knuckle action and choreography you’ve ever seen.
4. The Equalizer (2014)
Denzel Washington stars as a retired black ops handyman who turns to good samaritan vigilantism, putting him in conflict with dangerous criminals in this film adaptation of the popular 1980s TV show.
Along with Neeson, Washington is the most well-known elderly action star to emerge in recent years, and both The Equalizerand its sequel should please anyTakenfan.
5. From Paris with Love (2010)
Following director Pierre Morel’s originalTaken, From Paris with Love is a much more comedic but no less brutal take on Parisian action.
John Travolta’s psychotic superspy teams up with Jonathan Rhys Davies’ moderately low-level CIA agent to stop a terrorist plot involving a narcotics ring.
6. Point Blank (2010)
Directors like Fred Cavayé, who have made critically acclaimed thrillers like 2010’s Point Blank, which had an American remake in 2019, are on the other side of the popular French action film genre.
After being ordered by a hospital security guard to free one of the facility’s most notorious inmates, an undercover nurse’s aide is thrust into a deadly game of cover-ups and corruption.
7. The Man from Nowhere (2010)
While working to bring down the entire organization, a mysterious loner becomes the guardian angel of a young girl who has been kidnapped by merciless criminals.
While Won Bin’s action hero is younger than a seasoned actor like Liam Neeson, the precision with which he devastates his prey is straight out of the ’80s.
8. Harry Brown (2009)
Following the murder of an old friend at the hands of some unscrupulous local criminals, Michael Caine plays a retired soldier who snaps and exacts brutal revenge.
Takenfans will appreciate how a well-known dramatic actor transforms into a cold-blooded action movie killer, as well as Harry Brown’s role as a throwback to a bygone era.
9. 3 Days to Kill (2014)
Kevin Costner plays a government killer who travels to Paris to reunite with his estranged daughter after receiving a terminal diagnosis that gives him only a limited amount of time left.
Taken co-writer and producer Luc Besson also co-wrote and produced 3 Days to Kill, which will satisfy fans’ need for levity while still delivering an unflinching hero.
10. Peppermint (2018)
For this tale of Jennifer Garner’s unstoppable action heroine facing off against a cartel mob in Los Angeles, Pierre Morel returns to the vengeful vigilante genre.
After her daughter and husband are killed in a drive-by shooting, Garner, a mild-mannered mother, trains herself to become a ruthless killing machine. Fans of the director’s previous film, Taken, will recognize several of his hallmarks returning in Peppermint.
11. Blood Father (2016)
In this gritty action-crime thriller, Mel Gibson plays a recovering alcoholic and ex-con who is tasked with protecting his troubled and estranged daughter from the gangsters she escaped.
With a distinct Southwestern setting and Gibson’s convincingly battle-scarred main character, Blood Father, like Taken, is an English-language French production that should offer fans another unique perspective on grizzled Western-genre archetypes and their hardboiled rampages against overwhelming odds.
12. Non-Stop (2014)
With director Jaume Collet-Serra, Liam Neeson has had great success in modern thrillers outside of the Takenfranchise, collaborating on four films to date.
With Neeson’s U.S. Air Marshal character forced to solve a murder mystery and foil a terrorist plot while aboard a passenger plane flying over the Atlantic, 2014’sNon-Stop is every bit as action-packed, hard-nosed, and sprawling as a film likeTaken despite the confined setting.
13. The Foreigner (2017)
After his daughter is killed in an attack, Jackie Chan, an aging action star, vows vengeance on a rogue IRA bombing squad with his special forces training. Jackie Chan plays a Chinese-British immigrant in the film.
Chan turns in a great dramatic performance in this emotionally charged political action thriller, which Pierce Brosnan and GoldenEye director Martin Campbell are reuniting to make.
14. Colombiana (2011)
Olivier Megaton worked with franchise writers Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen before directing the Taken sequels on this action-packed revenge thriller starring Zoe Saldana as a young woman who has trained for years to face down a powerful drug cartel and avenge the deaths of her parents.
Despite the fact that Saldana has a lot more experience in the contemporary action genre than Nesson did when he starred in the first Takenmovie, the crew once again transformed their star beyond their usual image and into someone convincingly deadly in a much grittier and more grounded world than usual. Something we could perfect with our final submission, if it were possible.
15. John Wick (2014)
When it comes to action movie career renaissances following Liam Neeson’s turn in Taken, Keanu Reeve’s return to the martial arts-fueled, gun-heavy setpieces of his days in the hugely popularMatrixmovies made the most sense and had perhaps the greatest impact.
Using his former assassin, the actor struck gold in a world of revenge and creatively endless death.
While John Wick’s choreography and stuntwork are unquestionably different from those in Taken, it’s difficult to see how that could ever be a knock against the film.
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