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Film 'Taken' Shows a Father's Relentless Pursuit of His Daughter

In the 2008 film Taken, Liam Neeson plays Bryan Mills, a former CIA operative who determines to track down his teenage daughter after she's been kidnapped by human traffickers while on a trip with a girlfriend in France. In one gripping scene, Neeson talks to his daughter's abductor after he's retrieved a cell phone left behind at the crime scene. Neeson states his clear intent to seek and save his daughter.

He tells one of the abductors:

I don't know who you are. I don't know what you want …. I can tell you I don't have money; but, what I do have are a very particular set of skills, skills that I've acquired over a very long career, skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now, that will be the end of it. I will not look for you. I will not pursue you. But if you don't, I will look for you, I will find you and I will kill you.

The abductor coolly replies: "Good luck."

There ends the conversation and the start of Neeson's unrelenting pursuit.

Earlier in the film as the storyline is set up, we become familiar with Neeson's earlier career with the CIA, and his choice to change his career path in order to re-establish a relationship with his daughter. It's clear that Neeson is willing to pay any cost to gain back some of the time and trust he lost with his only daughter. As far as he's concerned, all of his training, skills, and time put in on the job are now focused on one thing: finding his daughter and bringing her home.

The balance of the movie is action-packed as Neeson urgently (he only has 96 hours to accomplish his task) and skillfully weaves his way through language barriers, governmental red tape, and crime lords' elaborate hierarchies to find his daughter. After dispatching numerous thugs and villains, Neeson finally finds his daughter on a yacht, sold as a prostitute for a wealthy Arab businessman. She collapses into her father's arms as she says, "Daddy, you came for me!" Bloody, beaten, but ultimately triumphant, Neeson holds his daughter as he quietly says, "I told you I would."

Possible Preaching Angles: (1) Christ's Love for Us—Neeson's character gives us a glimpse of God's incessant pursuit of us. He refuses to give up on us. Were it not for his unstoppable love, we would remain lost, without hope and without a way to save ourselves. (2) God's Jealous and Protective Love—As Neeson's character shows, sometimes love involves passionate jealousy. In order to protect his beloved, God will sometimes take on the "thugs" and "kidnappers" that will steal our heart. (3) Evangelism—Because God has pursued us and he is pursuing others, we should join him in pursuing lost people.

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