Taken: Just as Good the Second Time

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I took my parents to go see Taken earlier this afternoon and I have to say that it was just as good the second time around.  The only difference between the DVD I saw earlier this week and the theatrical version was once scene in which Neeson’s character tortures a man in order to obtain information about his daughter.  For some reason or another the theatrical version cut out the part where he jabs knitting needles (?) into the man’s legs and then hooks them up to jumper cables attached to the room’s light switch.  And in addition to this they also cut out about a 3 second shot of the man while he is being electrocuted in which we see the vein in his neck bulge and his body convulse.  I’m not sure what the reason was for these omissions since neither small part was gory or particularly graphic, but the scene works well with or without them.

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8 thoughts on “Taken: Just as Good the Second Time

  1. The Cinema Hub: The DVD actually had the longer scene (although only longer by a few seconds).

    Chuck: That makes perfect sense. It might also explain why there were no subtitles for the French parts on the DVD I saw.

  2. Nick: I prefer running action films for demos at work, but the Ratings Board policy that allows one non-sexual F-bomb under a PG-13 is a real headache, especially since many actors to seem compelled to scream their one F-bomb at the top of their lungs.

    Many directors’ funniest moments in DVD commentaries are describing what the Ratings Board wanted done to a film in order to certify a particular rating. ;-)

  3. Now that we live in an English speaking country again (Malaysia…well they also speak Malay, Chinese, Hokkien, Hakka, etc. here), it will be good to see English movies again.

  4. Chuck: I guess there is something to be learned by listening to those commentaries. But like Biblical commentaries, I just don’t care for them.

    Ranger: That is good news! How are you finding Malaysia?

  5. It’s great! You forget how many western things you miss until you’re back in a western(ish) country. I’ve eaten at Chili’s, Nandos, Burger King and Starbucks way too much already.

    You could be praying for our house hunting situation though. We’ve gotta find somewhere, get it setup (utilities and all) before heading back to the states for 10 days on Feb. 18th. We’re praying for a good location where God can use us to plant a church (while still be a location that’s good for keeping in contact with what’s going on back in China since our secondary calling is connecting Chinese pastors with theological education).

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