Taken: Film Analysis

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Film Analysis: Taken

The movie Taken is about a Father’s quest to rescue his daughter from her abduction and nearly immanent disappearance into the dark world of the international sex trade. Brian’s worst fears are realized when Kim and her friend are immediately abducted from the Paris apartment at which they’ve just arrived. While Kim is being dragged away by the as yet unknown abductors, she manages to phone Bryan, who begins to piece together clues that will take him to the darkness of Paris’s underworld. He experienced the harsh realities of the underground sex trade, in which women are brutally controlled, fragile objects. He faced nightmares worse than anything he experienced in Special Forces and let nothing and no one stop him from saving his daughter.

From re-watching this film, I learned that the sex trade narrative has pretty distinct and clearly defined characters, and women play a role that is almost entirely object in nature. Sex trafficking is a swift and gruesome business. Apathetic and violent men use force and domination to unscrupulously control women and force them into prostitution, for the sole purpose of making money. This type of tragedy against women happens all over the world, from the poorest, unruly regions, to the well-established, desirable places. And in this case, Paris was the territory that demonstrated how crimes against women can happen anywhere and at any time. Also, I learned that in these films, women have very little power and/or very little ability to even protect themselves.

This film relates to the class because it highlights many of the characterizations and themes that have subjugated women from the dawn of civilization. For starters, the patriarchal nature of this type of film is significant. The man of the family usually knows best, and, when things go awry, he is usually the only one capable of remedying the situation. Additionally, the androcentric nature of all things underground and crime are also well...
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