PG-13 | | Action, Thriller
A retired CIA agent travels across Europe and relies on his old skills to save his estranged daughter, who has been kidnapped while on a trip to Paris.
All of Liam Neeson's character's ex-agency friends were played by actors who had previous roles in "spy" or "cop thriller" television shows and movies. Jon Gries played a major role in The Pretender (1996), Leland Orser was in both The Pretender (1996) and 24 (2001), and David Warshofsky had appeared in minor roles in numerous similar shows.
Mr. Mills, how are you?
Bryan: I'm fine. How are you?
Singh: Very fine. I suppose you want to see it again?
Bryan: If you don't mind.
Singh: You know where it is.
Bryan: Oh yeah.
When Kim gives her description of her abductor, she clearly starts, "Beard, 6 feet..." when Mills is listening on the phone and recording the call. When he is on Stuart's leased plane, he replays the call, and she gives the description as "Mustache, 6 feet..." In all subsequent replays of the call, the "Beard, 6 feet..." description is used.
The distributor made minor changes to secure a 15 certificate for the UK theatrical release. The UK theatrical cut is the same as the International Cut except for the torture scene, which was replaced with the PG-13 version to secure a 15 certificate. In the PG-13 version, clamps are attached to the chair. In the International Cut, they're attached to spikes which are stabbed into the victim's legs. The uncut International Cut was released with an 18 certificate on video. This censored UK version was also released theatrically in Ireland with a 15A certificate. The extended torture scene didn't affect the certificate on video, and the uncut International Cut was also released with a 15 certificate in Ireland (cinema and video certification systems are different in Ireland - a 15A at the cinema is equivalent to a 15 on video).
English, French, Albanian, Arabic
$24,717,037 1 February 2009