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Taken

What would you do to save your daughter? Former spy Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) is willing to do anything, even dust off his retired skills and shake-up old contacts after his teen-aged daughter (Maggie Grace) is Taken by a ruthless gang and sold into the sex-trade. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: C+
Violence: D+
Sexual Content: C-
Language: C-
Drugs/Alcohol: C-
Run Time: 89
Theater Release: 30 Jan 2009
Video Release: 12 May 2009
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

This movie contains characters of various ethnicities. What roles do the French play? The Albanians? The Arabs? How do these compare to the American characters?

What techniques do the screenwriters use to justify Bryan’s violence? Why can he not turn to the police for help? How is the perceived time constraint (he is told he probably only has 96 hours to find his daughter) used to motivate his actions?

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