RE: UNDERGROUND SLAVERY AUCTIONS
Plot (movie Taken)
Highly skilled CIA officer Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) has retired in an effort to build a closer relationship with his teenage daughter, Kim (Maggie Grace). His frequent absences made him a distant father and led to his divorce. Knowing Kim wants to be a singer, Bryan buys her an expensive karaoke machine for her 17th birthday, which she is pleased with, but he is upstaged by Kim's wealthy stepfather Stuart (Xander Berkeley), who surprises her with a horse. Later, Bryan's former colleague, Sam (Leland Orser), hires him to help provide concert security for a popular young singer, Sheerah (Holly Valance). After the concert, a mob of fans bursts the gate open and security holds them. When Bryan saves her from a knife-wielding attacker, Sheerah gratefully offers to help with Kim's musical aspirations.
Bryan's ex-wife, Lenore, (Famke Janssen) and Kim had lunch the next day to attempt to persuade Bryan to allow Kim to travel to Paris with her friend Amanda (Katie Cassidy), claiming that it is to visit museums. Bryan is reluctant to let her travel, as he believes she is too young and naive to be traveling around Paris with only a 19-year old for company. After Lenore implores him further, he eventually agrees on the condition that Kim follow a strict set of rules he has set her. To his dismay, it turns out that the girls actually intend to follow U2's European Vertigo Tour around Europe which enrages him.
In Paris, Kim and Amanda meet Peter (Nicolas Giraud), a charming young Parisian stranger who suggests sharing a taxi from the airport. Peter learns that they are staying alone in Amanda's cousins' apartment. After they part, Peter phones someone and passes along what he has learned. Kim inquires where the cousins are at when she finds the apartment empty. Amanda says the cousins are on vacation in Spain and giggly announces as she jumps on the couch that she plans to have sex with Peter.
Later, after Bryan checks the arrivals, he calls Kim. While on the phone with Bryan, Kim sees some men enter the apartment and abduct Amanda and reveals that they shared the taxi with Peter. Bryan starts recording the call, and instructs Kim to hide under the bed and tells her to shout out information about the kidnappers when they come for her. She yells out the description of the men as she is grabbed. Afterward, Bryan realizes that someone has picked up the phone and is listening, and tells him that if they let his daughter go, he will drop the matter, but if not, he will look for them, find them, and kill them. The listener replies, "Good luck." and destroys the phone
Bryan sends Sam the recording to have it analysed; he determines that the abductors are likely part of the Albanian Mafia, which specializes in sex slavery by offering jobs as maids and says that man Bryan spoke to is Marko who is the mobster boss. He tells Bryan and Lenore that if Kim is not rescued within 96 hours (four days), she will disappear forever. Using Stuart's connections with a plane company named NetJet, Bryan flies to Paris that very evening. Upon arrival, he heads to the apartment, where he finds the place ransacked. He then finds his first clue: a photograph of Peter on the memory card of Kim's smashed cellphone. He finds Peter as he is charming another victim, a Swedish named Ingrid at the airport. After a short chase, Peter is struck and killed by a truck.
Bryan then turns to an old friend, Jean-Claude (Olivier Rabourdin), previously a field agent with French Intelligence, but now working behind a desk. After meeting up with an interpreter who gives him an Albanian-English dictionary and talking to a prostitute which alerts an Albanian pimp whom he plants a listener, the trail leads to a construction site with a makeshift brothel. Posing as a customer, Bryan notices a semi-conscious prostitute who has his daughter's jacket. He rescues her, killing several gangsters including the pimp whom he planted a listening device earlier in the process. He checks in at an inn named Hotel Camelia whom the owner is a friend of his. There he cures the girl by giving her IV fluids.
Jean-Claude demands a meeting with Bryan out in the open by the river. When Jean-Claude arrives, his cell phone rings. It is Bryan saying he doesn't trust meeting Jean-Claude (until he gets Kim back). Jean-Claude says his boss hit the roof over the construction site violence. While the boss wanted Bryan arrested, Jean-Claude has convinced him to authorize instead a ticket to send Bryan back to America, for previous services which Bryan refuses. Meanwhile, Jean-Claude's men have been triangulating the source of Bryan's phone call and a squad of men burst onto a nearby rooftop. There they find a cell phone rigged with a walkie talkie. Bryan is actually on the roof of the nearby Notre Dame de Paris and later flees.
Back in the inn, the girl regains consciousness and tells Bryan the address of the house where she met Kim and got the coat. Bryan bluffs his way in, pretending to be a corrupt policeman looking for a bribe. He identifies Marko Hoxha as the one he spoke to on the phone, takes him prisoner and kills the other gangsters. Searching the house, he finds Amanda dead, apparently from a heroin overdose.
Bryan tortures Marko into revealing that, because Kim is a highly valuable virgin, she was sold to a slave dealer named Patrice Saint-Clair (Gérard Watkins). He leaves Marko to die slowly from unending electric shocks. Needing more information, Bryan goes to Jean-Claude's home. Jean-Claude admits to accepting bribes to look the other way and tries to force Bryan at gunpoint to give up his search. However, Bryan has taken the bullets out of the gun. He then draws his own and wounds Jean-Claude's wife in the arm to pressure Jean-Claude into giving up Saint-Clair's address. Bryan impersonates a police commissioner to enter an exclusive party at Saint-Clair's mansion, and locates a secret sex-slave auction in the basement. He sees scantily clad females being auctioned with Kim as the last offering. Bryan forces a buyer to purchase her, but he is knocked unconscious before he can get to her. He awakens handcuffed to a pipe. After learning Bryan's motive, Saint-Clair orders him killed and leaves. Bryan frees himself, kills Saint-Clair's henchmen, and forces Saint-Clair to divulge Kim's whereabouts. Saint Clair says she will be brought to a yacht in a pier and Bryan kills him.
Bryan sees Kim being forced onto a yacht, and pursues it along the Seine. He jumps aboard and dispatches the guards. After a vicious hand-to-hand fight with the buyer he had intimidated earlier, he enters a bedroom, where he finds an Arab sheikh holding a knife to Kim's neck. The man tries to open a negotiation, but Bryan shoots him in the head. Reunited with his daughter, Bryan simply tells Kim that he had said he would come for her.
After Kim is reunited with Lenore and Stuart back in LA, the film concludes with Bryan surprising Kim with a visit to Sheerah's house.