Gina Holden in Taken Heart (2017)

Holden the Daughter

Undercover detective, Kate Johnson (Gina Holden) is use to dealing with trouble which is why when her daughter Nina (Natasha Calis) heads to Belize to help in a local orphanage she is concerned, insisting on Nina video chatting every day. As such, when Nina is kidnapped by the cartel organization "La Muerte Roja", Kate takes matters into her own hands to try and rescue her daughter. Discovering how much power the Cartel has over the area Kate joins forces with ex-marine Francisco Orizaga (Raffaello Degruttola) to find out where they have taken Nina before she ends up the next victim of the Cartel's rumoured organ trafficking business.

If Liam Neeson had never made the movie "Taken" I reckon people would watch "Taken Heart" and think solid but not overly memorable movie about a tough single mum doing what is necessary to rescue her kidnapped daughter from a trafficking organization in a foreign country. But of course Liam Neeson did make the movie "Taken" and sadly "Taken Heart" and a few other similar movies have followed and been weak in comparison.

Now I will be honest, Gina Holden is an incredibly likeable actress and it is Holden's performance more than anything which makes "Taken Heart" just about watch able. But at the same time this mother saving daughter storyline never truly reaches any real peak of excitement and the minute the set-up is in place you kind of hope it will get on with things so that it doesn't become to tame and tedious.

What this all boils down to is that it is incredibly hard to be excited by "Taken Heart" as it only ends up an inferior "Taken" copy. Truth be told if it wasn't for Gina Holden "Taken Heart" would struggle to get your attention let alone keep it.