Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Taken, the original Spielberg, Fanning project


It makes perfect sense Elle Fanning's career will explode after her amazing performance in the J.J. Abrams directed Spielberg/Amblin production Super 8. Elle's superbly talented sibling Dakota did likewise when her career ignited after her other worldly appearance in Taken.

Taken was an Emmy and Golden Globe Award winning mini-series that aired on the Sci-Fi (now SyFy of course) Channel over ten nights in December 2002, and is available on DVD.

Taken was created by Leslie Bohem who creatively combines modern U.F.O mythology with the epic family soap opera mini-series format and sets it against a backdrop of real post war American History. The saga begins in WWII with the appearance of the "foo fighter" U.F.Os, and moves on to cover Roswell, Project Paperclip Nazi scientists, the abduction phenomenon, all of it told through the eyes of two American families.


The saga begins in WWII with the appearance of the "foo fighter" U.F.Os and moves on to cover Roswell, Project Paperclip Nazi scientists, and the abduction phenomenon. All of it told in sprawling style through the eyes of two American families spanning over three generations and fifty years. Although it has elements of The X-FIles and Spielberg's classic 1977 film Close Encounters of the Third Kind, what made Taken unique was the fresh approach of Bohem and Spielberg. Think of it as a Roots, or The Thorn Birds for the genre fans and UFO buffs.
 
As with any Spielberg/Amblin production, the technical credits are superb, especially the music by Laura Karpman. But more importantly the story is captivating and emotionally involving. All of the performances are first rate, and Dakota Fanning's appearance is truly memorable and takes the mini-series to a whole new level.


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