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A retired CIA agent travels across Europe and relies on his old skills to save his estranged daughter, who was kidnapped on a trip to Paris to be sold into prostitution.

Release Year: 2008

Rating: 7.9/10 (184,016 voted)

Critic's Score: 50/100

Director: Pierre Morel

Stars: Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen

Seventeen year-old Kim is the pride and joy of her father Bryan Mills. Bryan is a retired agent who left the Central Intelligence Agency to be near Kim in California. Kim lives with her mother Lenore and her wealthy stepfather Stuart. Kim manages to convince her reluctant father to allow her to travel to Paris with her friend Amanda. When the girls arrive in Paris they share a cab with a stranger named Peter, and Amanda lets it slip that they are alone in Paris. Using this information an Albanian gang of human traffickers kidnaps the girls. Kim barely has time to call her father and give him information. Her father gets to speak briefly to one of the kidnappers and he promises to kill the kidnappers if they do not let his daughter go free. The kidnapper wishes him "good luck," so Bryan Mills travels to Paris to search for his daughter and her friend.

Writers: Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen

Liam Neeson - Bryan Mills
Maggie Grace - Kim
Leland Orser - Sam
Jon Gries - Casey
David Warshofsky - Bernie
Holly Valance - Sheerah
Katie Cassidy - Amanda
Xander Berkeley - Stuart
Olivier Rabourdin - Jean-Claude
Gérard Watkins - St-Clair
Famke Janssen - Lenore
Marc Amyot - Pharmacist
Arben Bajraktaraj - Marko
Radivoje Bukvic - Anton (as Rasha Bukvic)
Mathieu Busson - Undercover Agent

Taglines: Time is Running Out


Official Website: Europa Corp. [France] | Official site [Japan] |

Release Date: 30 January 2009

Filming Locations: Fremont Mansion - 56 Fremont Place, Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: £1,165,986 (UK) (28 September 2008) (396 Screens)

Gross: $145,000,989 (USA) (5 July 2009)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

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.

Continuity: When Bryan listens to the recording of his daughter on the airplane, the recording starts when his daughter says "They've got her", which would have been when his daughter was in the bathroom. Bryan originally started the recording after his daughter was under the bed in the bedroom, so the recording wouldn't include that part. It also would've recorded Bryan's voice, which was not on the recording.

[first lines]
Singh: Mr. Mills, how are you?
Bryan: I'm fine. How are you?
Singh: Very fine. I suppose you want to see it again?
Bryan: You should know why I'm here.
Singh: You know where it is.
Bryan: Oh yeah.

User Review

Neeson is the vodka of James Bond's martini

Rating: 10/10

The most thrilling movie I've seen in a long time. Neeson is what we would fear if James Bond went to hell and came back for revenge (I doubt big budget Quantum of Solace will top this). I loved Jason Bourne; but where Bourne is confused for half the movie, Neeson is looking down a barrel of a pistol 3/4 of the time. In a three way spy battle, I would put Neeson edging out Bourne, who would be a step ahead of Bond.

Between the jaw-dropping action sequences was the subject matter of international trafficking, which was pretty miserable to watch. Although homicide is wrong, death was never more satisfying to watch.

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