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By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Death, guns, and constant mayhem in prequel to film series.

TV NBC Drama 2017
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age 15+

Based on 1 parent review

age 15+
It's good tv show.

This title has:

Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

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Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Dark, gritty, and jammed full of action, this prequel to the film series has the same tone and setup as the movies you already know (and maybe love). Once more, the story is set into motion by a violent act against one of Mills' female relatives -- in this case, his sister. No, we're not spoiling things -- it happens in the first two minutes of the show. Why waste time, when Taken's obvious aim is to drop Mills into a world of machine guns and double-crossing agents, tough guys in black cars, and helicopters with searchlights? It doesn't take long to sort out the players. Mills and anyone connected to him: good. Cartel or any thick-necked guy in black: bad. If the crackerjack action style of the films is your groove, this will be, too, despite the fact that the demands of network TV tamp down the gore and torture a bit.

The stylistic flourishes Besson sometimes puts into his work aren't here, unfortunately -- everything looks blue-washed and somber, all the people bummed out. But the pacing is brisk, the action inventive, so what if the story is pretty weak? An uncomplicated shoot-'em-up is what fans of the film seem to want, so that's what they get.

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