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Review of "Taken" 3/31/17 by Suzanne
Airs Mondays 10/9c on NBC

I found this show to be pretty standard fare. It's kind of boring, especially for a thriller. It's a prequel to the Liam Neesom movie of the same name. I didn't see that movie, but I'm thinking it was probably better than this dull show.

There are just too many action-drama shows where the hero gets embroiled in some government plot and has to make some deal or fight for his life. Yawn! I would skip it. I doubt it'll be around for very long. It's utterly forgettable. 


From executive producer Luc Besson (“Taken,” “The Fifth Element”) comes a modern-day edge-of-your-seat thriller that follows the origin story of younger, hungrier former Green Beret Bryan Mills (Clive Standen, “Vikings”) as he deals with a personal tragedy that shakes his world. As he fights to overcome the trauma of the incident and exact revenge, Mills is pulled into a career as a deadly CIA operative, a job that awakens his very particular, and very dangerous, set of skills. In 30 years, this man will become the beloved hero father from the “Taken” films.  The series also stars Jennifer Beals (Christina Hart), Gaius Charles (John), Brooklyn Sudano (Asha), Monique Gabriela Curnen (Becca Vlasik), Michael Irby (Scott), James Landry Hébert (Rem) and Jose Pablo Cantillo (Dave).

In the series premiere, the murder of Bryan Mills’ (Clive Standen) sister launches him into a dangerous mission for revenge against cartel boss Carlos Mejia (Louis Ferreira).  A secret US intelligence agency, led by Christina Hart (Jennifer Beals), covertly uses Bryan as bait to capture Mejia, and recruits Bryan to become a part of their team.  Alexander Cary serves as writer and executive producer. Luc Besson, Matthew Gross, Edouard de Vésinne, Thomas Anargyros and director Alex Graves also executive produce.

Alex Cary

Executive Producer, "Taken"

Alex Cary serves as writer, executive producer and showrunner on the new NBC drama series “Taken.”

Cary has written and produced numerous hours of television, including “The Riches” on FX, “In Plain Sight” on USA and “Lie to Me” on Fox, showrunning the third season. Cary was an executive producer on Showtime’s “Homeland” for five seasons, during which he won an Emmy Award and two Golden Globes. He was also an executive producer on TNT’s “Legends.” Cary, who also has multiple cable projects in development, is repped by WME and attorney Adam Kaller.

Clive Standen

Bryan Mills, "Taken"

Clive Standen stars in NBC’s action thriller series “Taken” as Bryan Mills, a former Green Beret who joins a team of deadly CIA operatives after a personal tragedy sets him on a path of revenge. 

Standen has created a strong foothold in Hollywood, starring in several critically acclaimed television series. He currently stars in History’s break-out scripted series “Vikings” as Rollo, a fearsome warrior with a wild impulsive streak and brother of Ragnar.  Standen’s next film project is “Patient Zero,” co-starring Matt Smith, Natalie Dormer and Stanley Tucci. Set for release in 2017, this drama takes place after an unprecedented global pandemic has turned the majority of humankind into violent Infected, and a man gifted with the ability to speak the Infected’s new language leads the last survivors on a hunt for Patient Zero and a cure. Standen is well known for his portrayal of Sir Gawain in the Starz original series “Camelot,” alongside Joseph Fiennes and Eva Green, and his starring role in the BBC America series “Robin Hood.” Prior to that he played Private Carl Harris in the award-winning sci-fi BBC series “Doctor Who” and starred in the drama “Operation Barras” about the infamous SAS mission in Sierra Leon.

In film, Standen most recently starred in “Everest,” opposite Kiera Knightley, Jake Gyllenhaal, Robin Wright and Josh Brolin, and in “Hammer of the Gods.”  Trained as an actor at the National Youth Theatre, National Youth Music Theatre and London Academy of Dramatic Art, Standen appeared in theatrical roles at the Royal Albert Hall and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, as well as in the critically acclaimed revival of Tom Stoppard’s “The Invention of Love.” Born on a British Army base in Northern Ireland, Standen moved to England at the age of 5. He discovered stunt work and sword fighting, and by his teens was working as part of a professional stunt team, mastering skills such as horse riding, jousting and swordplay. A keen martial artist, he also studied Muay Thai boxing and quickly became the undefeated national champion. He currently resides in London with his wife and three children.

Jennifer Beals

Christina Hart, "Taken"

Jennifer Beals stars as Christina Hart, the Special Deputy Director of National Intelligence who has taken Bryan Mills under her wing, on NBC’s action thriller series “Taken.”

Beals is an internationally renown actress who has been featured in more than 50 films and TV series. She recently guest-starred on NBC’s medical drama “The Night Shift.” Beals’ latest film project, “Before I Fall,” will be released in April. She will also executive produce the upcoming dance drama “The Edge,” recently sold to Fox, teaming up with Kenny Ortega and James Larosa.  In 2015, Beals starred in the TNT series “Proof.” Additional TV credits include “The Chicago Code” and the hit Showtime series “The L Word,” which aired for six seasons and garnered her two NAACP Image Award nominations and a Satellite Award nomination. Beals was presented with the Human Rights Campaign’s Ally for Equality Award in 2012 for her support of the LGBT community.

On the film front, Beals recently co-starred in the feature film “Manhattan Night,” alongside Adrien Brody and Campbell Scott. Her role in the iconic film “Flashdance” earned her a Golden Globe nomination and an NAACP Image Award for Best Actress. Beals starred in “A Wife’s Nightmare,” for which she was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award, as well as the independent films “In the Soup,” which won the Grand Jury Prize for best dramatic film at Sundance and “Cinemanovels,” which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Beals’s extensive feature credits include films such as “The Book of Eli,” “Twilight of the Golds,” for which she won a Golden Satellite Award, “Rodger Dodger,” “Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle,” “Runaway Jury” and “Devil in a Blue Dress,” which earned her another NAACP Image Award nomination. Beals received the Maverick Tribute Award at the Cinequest San Jose Film Festival in 1999.  Originally from Chicago, Beals attended Yale University, where she graduated with honors.

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