‘Taken’ is an American crime drama series that is based on the movie trilogy of the same name. If you are unaware with the trilogy, it stars Liam Neeson as a retired but ruthless special ops personnel who goes to extreme lengths to protect his family when harm befalls them. The series attempts to act as a modern-day origin story to Neeson’s character Bryan Mills. The show airs on NBC and first premiered on February 27, 2017.
It doesn’t happen very often that movies get remade into a TV series. It is usually the other way round. The main reason being that the production may not be as grandiose compared to cinema. While ‘Taken’ is definitely an exception, plot-wise however, it has a different subject from that of the original. Clive Standen plays a younger version of Bryan Mills, the character that Liam Neeson made legendary.
Considering the genre of the series and the franchise it is based on, it drew a lot of fans who showed interest in knowing the secretive past of Bryan Mills and how he got to possess the particular skill set that made him a nightmare to criminals and evildoers in the world. However, critics were none too happy with the show, and they said that despite hitting some of the right notes, overall, the show did not make any impact that distinguished itself differently from its source material.
Taken Cast: Who is in it?
Clive Standen, of ‘Vikings‘ fame, plays the role of Bryan Mills, the protagonist of the show whose backstory is explored. ‘Flashdance’ star Jennifer Beals appears as Christina Hart, the head of the secretive team that Mills is a part of. There are several members of the team that Mills is a part of, and they are all highly trained individuals.
Two prominent cast members include Adam Goldberg of ‘Saving Private Ryan‘ and ‘Zodiac‘ fame, appearing as the hacker Kilroy and Jessica Camacho of ‘The Flash‘ fame who plays Santana. Suffice it to say that both bring a lot of firepower into the game. There are several other supporting characters, who make up the world of spies and criminals that Mills navigates so freely and ruthlessly after his army days.
If there is an upcoming season, we hope to see the main characters return, and we would not be surprised if some new faces showed up, either as members of Mill’s team or as some villains that need to be brought in or taken out.