Outsourcing

In Taken, Bryan, father of the kidnapped girl and an ex-CIA op says (or something very close to it) to the Albanian kidnapper as he jabs two impromptu trodes into his thighs and connects them to the electricity box: “We used to outsource this kind of things but the problem was that the countries where they did that had bad electricity grids and the fuses always blew.” In this particular movie it’s a totally minor point but given that Bryan is a good guy fighting for his daughter, such admission (even if it is just a movie) delivers a very poignant commentary (also one that hardly anyone will notice while rooting for the righteous father saving his darling) about the post-9/11 US. Better still, “this kind of things” is precisely what you can find in another Hollywood picture – Rendition.

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