Daniel Eisenhour
English 12 3rd hr. Cronk
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Hunting down the enemy.

In the movie taken the vigilante father's journey involves getting his daughter back home to America.

The Story
Brian Mills and his wife are divorced and his one and only daughter had to go live with his wife because of her safety because Brian was a military agent.
when Brian's daughter brings brian a permission slip for her and her friends to go to "paris" brian reluctantly signs off on it. later he discovers she will be traveling with only 1 friend, all over Europe. when brian gets a call from his daughter, something terrible is happening, a gang has come into their hotel room and took Brian's daughter and her friend into prostitution. Brian tells the Albanian kidnapper "I will look for you, I will find you, And I will kill you. " when Brian embarks on this journey, he has to go save his daughter within 96 hours of the time she was taken or he may never find her again.

The Analysis
Detail and analyze the Hero’s Journey as shown in the film
In the beginning of the film the main character, Brian Mills, is a divorced dad and a retired government special agent. Mills’ daughter and his daughter’s friend are kidnapped and taken into a prostitution ring. At this point in time, Mills acts like a crazed dad out of control, as though he is temporarily insane. He ends up killing many people in the process of trying to find his daughter.
Mills acts as the anti-hero in Taken on his Hero’s Journey to find his kidnapped daughter. After the kidnapping, Mills travels to Paris in an attempt to find his daughter and to find the persons involved in kidnapping young women who are used in an illegal prostitution ring. As he approaches the first man involved, he grabs him and interrogates him. When the man escapes he chases him down and just before he gets to him the man jumps over a bridge into the path of a bus which kills him. Next, in the process of finding those involved with the prostitution ring where the young women are abused, he attacks another who is involved. The Hero’s Journey continues for Mills throughout the streets of Paris where is only goal is to find his daughter alive and remove anyone and anything that stands in his way of getting his daughter back. Along the way as he faces these criminals he gets more and more focused on finding his daughter and less and less focused on the law. In the end he has a new bond with his daughter because of the trouble he went through to get his daughter and she really loves him for that.
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When kimmi is about to be taken!

Archetypes
In the movie Taken, Bryan Mills is a former government preventer who knows the ins and outs of tracking down criminals and preventing “bad” events from happening. He is also a devoted Father figure. However, when his 17 year old daughter is kidnapped in Paris by a band of Albanian criminals, Mills turns warrior and avenger and goes to extremes lengths to find his daughter and punish those involved in this criminal ring.
Mills becomes the anti-hero of the film because in going to extreme measures to find his daughter, he ends up killing and seriously harming many people in the process. He is not a “bad” person per se, but, he ends up doing illegal acts that are associated with criminals such as auto theft, stealing, killing and speeding to name a few. The use of the Avenger/anti-hero archetype throughout the film enhances the power of the film because as Mills takes each step in tracking down the criminals involved in the kidnapping, he is willing to risk his life each step of the way. An avenger is one who wants to get revenge and punish those who have wronged him or his family in any way with no regard to breaking the law in the process. Mills acts as the avenger in Taken because when he arrives in Paris after the kidnapping, he finds the first person involved in his daughter’s kidnapping, grabs him and interrogates him. This man is killed a short time later. The avenger goes to any length to find those involved and this is what Mills does. This adds to the excitement of the film.
The devoted Father figure archetype also adds in enhancing the power of the film because Mills has something at stake, saving his only child and daughter. It is important to note that Mills is trying so hard to be a better dad at the beginning of the movie and wants to make up for the long periods of time
that he had to spend away from Kim years earlier while working for the government. This adds to the drama because it makes the viewer want to be on the side of Mills through his dangerous challenges in Paris. If Mills was not the father of Kim, the 17 year old who was kidnapped, then the viewers would not have as much emotional connection to Mills and his attempts to find Kim. The viewer is on the side of Mills from the beginning and is rooting for Mills all the way even though he performs criminal acts along the way. One archetype for Jean Claude would be a villain because he is involved in the whole scheme and actually wants Brian Mills to leave France because he is making a mess and he might discover what Jean Claude is really doing for a living.

The Impact of archetypes on film
Discuss the impact of archetypes on the film Taken as a whole and your own response.
In the film Taken, the use of the Hero’s Journey and archetypes Father figure and anti-hero impacts the viewer to a real extent. Mills, the main character who takes on the anti-hero and avenger archetypes, could be any good father who wants justice and simply wants his daughter back in his arms. The emotional attachment of the viewer in this film can be real because as a teenager I can relate to how the dad in this film must feel when his daughter is taken away by criminals in a foreign land.
The use of the Hero’s Journey in the film Taken, takes on a real life quality for the viewer. Mills’ journey to find his daughter is very real to the viewer. The world can be such a violent place that the types of activities seen in this film, kidnapping and prostitution, actually take place somewhere in the world every day. This can play on the emotions of the viewer as the anti-hero in this case goes on his journey to find his daughter.
These types of archetypes such as the anti-hero seem to show up frequently in films most likely because society wants to see criminals brought to justice. Society wants those involved with these types of crimes to be punished for their involvement, but, mostly, I believe that most people don’t want this type of activity to go on at all in the world. The viewer can feel an emotional attachment to those who are victims of such crimes as kidnapping and forced prostitution so, again, I believe that films showing this type of archetypes maybe want to help the world to see how wrong these crimes are and to get involved to try to stop this from happening.

Anti-Heroism on society
People like the anti-hero figure because the people want a hero that will beat the enemy at their own game. Society liking the anti hero says so much about today's society. When people look for an anti hero, they find crime and security because they actually feel that the anti hero is doing the right thing. This is only the case in some situations. When Bryan Mills goes into the apartment complex to get his daughter's friend, he kills every bad guy in the apartment and leaves the mess. Who wouldn't feel uncomfortable walking outside their door and finding 10 dead bodies. This says that the anti hero should be suppressed.

Clips
the conditions of going to paris
I'm gonna find you...
liam neeson interview (main charactor)