By Geeky Gem
This week I thought we would take a break from my Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost love fest and bring you an all round action movie. Starring the great Liam Neeson. Taken is a brilliant movie and here is way.
Doing this film propelled Famke Janssen to take action in the real fight against corruption. She now serves as the Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Office against Drugs and Crime.
The martial art style used by Liam Neeson is Nagasu Do. It’s a hybrid martial art style that borrows from Judo, Aikido and Ju Jitsu.
Before any action takes place, Bryan already has scratches to the left side of his face. Hinting at his “spare time” activities.
The curved knife used in the final fight is a karambit. It’s an Indonesian /Malaysian weapon and the finger hole in the handle makes it very difficult to disarm, which was evident in the fight scene.
According to Liam Neeson, he agreed to take this role because he believed that the film was going to be a straight-to-DVD release.
The singer’s name in the movie is Sheerah. In Hebrew, shirah is the feminine form of the word meaning “sing”.
All of Liam Neeson’s character’s ex-agency friends were played by actors who had previous roles in ‘spy’ or ‘cop thriller’ television shows and movies – Jon Gries played a major role in The Pretender, Leland Orser was in both The Pretender and 24, and David Warshofsky has appeared in minor roles in numerous similar shows.
In the film, Katie Cassidy’s character (Amanda) is 19 years old and Maggie Grace’s character (Kim) is 17 years old. In real life, Maggie is 3 years older than Katie.
Former Special Air Service (SAS) soldier Mick Gould trained Liam Neeson in combatives and weapons handling skills to prepare him for the role.