Taken Heart (2017) Gina Holden, Natasha Calis, Raffaello Degruttola, Matthew Ziff, Gildon Roland, Pulu Lightburn, Jermaine Daley, Stan Den Ouden Movie Review

Taken Heart (2017)   2/52/52/52/52/5

Gina Holden in Taken Heart (2017)

Holden the Daughter

Kate Johnson (Gina Holden - Secrets in the Attic) is an undercover detective who sees plenty of bad things in her job. It is why when her daughter, Nina (Natasha Calis - The Harvest), heads to Belize to help in an orphanage there she is concerned, insisting on Nina video chatting every day so that she knows she is safe. 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 in the area Kate joins forces with ex-marine Francisco Orizaga (Raffaello Degruttola - Earthfall) 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 it was a 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", along with quite a few other similar movies, have followed in its wake and have been weak in comparison.

Now I will be honest, Gina Holden is an incredibly likeable actress and it is Holden's performance as Kate more than anything else which makes "Taken Heart" just about a watch able movie. 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 by drawing out what is a routine story.

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 take on the movie "Taken". Truth be told if it wasn't for Gina Holden "Taken Heart" would struggle to get your attention let alone keep it.