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Taken: The Search for Sophie Parker

"Taken: The Search for Sophie Parker" review by Suzanne
Premieres Saturday, September 21 at 8pm ET/PT on Lifetime.

This is a very enjoyable movie, for the most part, with lots of excitement, danger, and drama.  Julie Benz (of "Defiance", "Dexter" and many other shows) stars as a police detective, Stevie, whose daughter Sophie goes (with her friend, Janie) to visit Russia for Spring Break.  The girls are then kidnapped by sex traffickers. Sophie flies to Russia to begin a search. Along the way, she learns all about how girls are sold into sex slavery. It's very gritty as well as educational. About an hour in, the action really revs up and things get a little bit more into the land of action-adventure, and a little less believable.

Benz is always good, and she's just as good playing a tough woman as she is a sweet or soft woman. I don't have a full cast list, so I don't know who plays all of the interesting characters in the show, but they all do a fine job. I enjoyed seeing Jeffrey Meek as Stevie's boyfriend (he was great on "As the World Turns"). Popular British actor Alastair Mackenzie plays Janie's ambassador father.

What's unusual about this movie is that it has two very tough women going out to protect two young girls from some really awful men.  You don't see that very often in TV. You should definitely check it out!  Also, please see my interview with Julie Benz.


18 year-old Sophie Parker goes on spring break to Moscow with her friend Janie Hillman, daughter of the American Ambassador to Russia. When a reluctant Sophie is convinced by boy-crazy Janie to sneak out of the U.S. Embassy and go to a nightclub, the two girls are drugged and abducted by a Russian sexual slavery ring operating in the heart of Moscow. Sophie's widowed mother, Stevie, is a tough NYPD detective. When she gets an alarming and mysterious call from Sophie's cell-phone, Stevie takes the next plane to Russia, where she moves heaven and earth, and the Moscow police, on her frantic and action-packed quest to save her baby girl.

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