Finally saw the movie Taken, in which Liam Neeson plays an ex-CIA operative who rescues his daughter from sex slavers in France. Not only is the movie a primer on how to pace an action story — the whole thing’s over in under 90 minutes — but on how to be unabashedly, gleefully politically incorrect: the bad guys are Albanian Muslims, and their bodies litter the various floors Mr. Neeson stands upon. Leave it to the French (as this was a French production co-written by Luc Besson, who previously defied his fellow artistes by saying the unsayable: that Roman Polanski isn’t above the law) to make such a movie.

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