Liam Neeson plays an ex-special forces father (Liam? LOL) who is a little over-the-top when it comes to being protective. I didn't like his 'too much to say' attitude (he has a little speech going on in almost every scene where he talks), when he's supposed to be a covert specialist, and I thought those guys don't speak much.
Liam Neeson might be good as a Jedi master, but he isn't very believable as a former black operative.
His background was poorly revealed in my opinion; there should have been a better description rather than "possessing a special set of skills". That was almost comical. His relationship with his ex-wife and his daughter was dodgy at best, and at times, rather hard to understand. Perhaps this should have been taken note of in development.
The one thing I do greatly admire about this movie was how it raised awareness about human trafficking in Europe. Not too many movies highlight the 'hidden secret' of European nations about their growing human trafficking problems. The dangers and downright scary situations of the young women being trafficked are made painfully obvious to the viewer. Kudos for that.
Aside from a pretty alright plot, nothing much more can be said about Taken. At times, it resembled a cheap version of a 007 movie, but nonetheless, I enjoyed watching it.