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'Taken' dives into the story of an action hero's past

'Taken' dives into the story of an action hero's past

Styled as a prequel to Luc Besson’s vigilante action trilogy of the same name, "Taken," which premieres in series form Monday on NBC, does share with the films a lead character named Bryan Mills, originally played by Liam Neeson, and instances in which a character is “taken.” Mainly, it shares the title — there was gold in that franchise.

(The series is set in the present, so if, as press materials have it, "in 30 years, this character is destined to become the Bryan Mills that we’ve come to love" from the movies — a retired CIA agent and the proverbial guy you don’t want to mess with —  someone is going to have to send him down a wormhole.)

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