I recently looked up some recommendations for action movies and came across Taken (2008), a non-Hollywood production starring Liam Neeson who is known for his roles in artfag movies, and Schindler’s List. The movie was surprisingly good. Critics did not really like it, and they liked the two sequels even less, but they are still better than any recent Hollywood movie I can think of. I do not think that I can wholeheartedly recommend Taken 2 and Taken 3, though. The premise of Taken is grounded in reality: criminal gangs kidnapping naive women, forcefully injecting them with drugs, and pimping them out. This happens to the daughter of the main protagonist and her friend. Liam Neeson sheds his artfag background, travels to Paris, ignores plot holes, and saves the day.
The story of Taken is quite forgettable. Nonetheless, the setup of the movie is quite remarkable as it depicts female deceptions at a level I have not encountered in a mainstream movie yet. It is surprising enough if a movie shows one lying cunt. Yet, in this movie you get the following setup:
– (premise) the protagonist is divorced and has shared custody of his daughter together with his ex-wife
– Mother and daughter meet with the protagonist to get approval for a “study trip” to Paris. The daughter tells him that her friend did this the year before and is now “practically fluent in French”
– The protagonist agrees, but insists that the daughter calls him every day. Knowing that his daughter and her friend will stay with members of the remote family of her friend puts his mind at ease as well as there will be adult supervision.
This may seem straight-forward, but look at how this unravels:
– The protagonist later discovers that his daughter is planning a multi-city trip all across Europe. When confronting the mother, she tells him that they “had to” lie to him because otherwise he would not have agreed and that “all the kids are doing this”. The travel dates supposedly refer to tour dates of U2, but this is not a band that is popular among teens, so the mother may have lied to the protagonist, or the daughter to the mother who then unknowingly relayed this information to the protagonist.
– The friend of the protagonist’s daughter can barely speak French, so the daughter lied about this.
– Both are staying at an apartment on their own, without any adult supervision.
– The friend of the daughter wants to push the latter to party and lose her virginity, which she is not comfortable with. In short, the friend is revealed as a corruptor who wants to use the protagonist’s daughter to have someone to party with.
Thus, all the women are lying to each other as they pursue their goals, and it is depicted as completely normal. The mother wants her daughter to “spend some time abroad”, the daughter wants to see all of Europe, and the slut wants to drag her friend down to her level. Quite frankly, this is pretty normal female behavior, in particular women encouraging other women to engage in behavior that dramatically lowers their sexual market value.
Women seem to not even have a concept of “lie of omission” and otherwise quite frequently have a somewhat flexible approach to truth whereas guys are much more often straight shooters. You can learn this from interacting with the real world. By watching the beginning of Taken, you can also learn this from a movie. As an added bonus, Taken also shows female stupidity having serious real-world consequences. The friend reveals their address to some guy who approaches her because nothing could go wrong as she wants to fuck him so she shall get her fantasy, right? Well, the next thing that happens in the movie is that some guys break into the apartment, kidnap the girls, and kick off the main story of the movie. The slut is later shown to have died of an overdose in a makeshift brothel for immigrant workers.