Thursday, November 27, 2008 at 10:03PM
Here's something we don't normally do: Quote government statistics. But according to a 2004 State Department report, of the 600,000-800,000 people trafficked across international borders each year, 70 percent are female and 50 percent are children. The majority of these victims are forced into the commercial sex trade.
And that's based on five-year-old data.
So when you hear the premise of Taken - a former spy (Liam Neeson) has to rely on his old training to track down his daughter (Maggie Grace), who has been forced into the slave trade - realize that it's probably a more realistic premise than you might first admit. Taken is directed be Pierre Morel from a script co-written by Luc Besson. IMP Awards recently premiered a new poster for Taken, and I'd say it's pretty effective.
That's really eye-catching, and since the movie's sliding in on a low budget, it's the sort of thing that people might remember enough to find out whether the film is playing near them, which it won't be for a couple of months; Taken opens on January 30th.