As another month passes, so too does another Film Club entry. After reviewing such classics as Star Wars and The Departed, November’s choice was a more middle of the road affair. As neither a classic, nor indeed an awful film at all, Taken allowed our members to leave their brains at the door and simply enjoy watching Liam Neeson kick a little ass.
Below is the updated Film Club leaderboard. Read on to find out where Taken sits among the previous entries.
1. Casino Royale (2006): 9.3/10
General consensus: James Bond’s 21st outing manages to reboot the franchise for a modern audience, while also keeping the things older fans are familiar with. Casino Royale is a spectacular film full of action and intrigue, and manages that rare thing of being a blockbuster with brains as well as brawn.
2. Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope: 8.8/10
General consensus: Star Wars is a film that still stands up strongly even today, 37 years after its initial release. Despite some clunky dialogue and some stiff acting, the essence of the film and the fantastic characters carry the film and still entertain fans of all ages. Along with an iconic score by John Williams that takes this space opera to another level, the film’s influence is still being felt today.
3. The Departed: 8.6/10
General consensus: The Departed is a modern crime classic that forgoes the glitz and glamour of Scorsese’s earlier gangster offerings, for a more real and unrelenting look at the life of those who make a living from crime and those who attempt to stop it. However, The Departed is not necessarily a film for everyone, and the level of violence and bad language along with a running time of nearly two and a half hours can be off-putting for some.
4. Taken: 7.4/10
General consensus: A cult classic to some, and a passable nights entertainment to others.Taken remains a solid action film, with a great central performance from Liam Neeson, and with reasonable expectations Taken is a fine way to kill an hour and a half.
5. Oldboy (2013): 4.8/10
General consensus: If ever you want to spark a debate among film fans then ask them their thoughts on a remake of a beloved classic. Oldboy 2013 seems to split people between those who have seen the original, and dislike the remake, and those who have viewed the remake without any prior knowledge of the 2003 original and can get a little more enjoyment out of it.
Taken was perhaps never likely to usurp such favourites as Star Wars, The Departed or the mighty Casino Royale, but it did score a very solid 7.4/10. This score will likely keep it around the mid table area for a few months yet, and will likely see it outscore any other such mediocre offerings we may come across.