Inthe film Taken,produced in 2008, there is a display of murderous rampage of aretired CIA agent fighting to recover his daughter seen to have beenkidnappedby traffickers. The movie articulates the importance male protectionover the purity of the white females against violence and sexualimpulses of the male characters.Thefilm also incorporates the neocolonial narrative suggesting thesecurity over the purity of the females justifies the will of themale’s protection of the young females. Films like Takenareseen to be the extensive cultural idea that represents the socialtruth-elicitingthe popular myths about the masculinity, the feminine purity as wellas orientalism.
Thefemale characters in the movie are a passive object that needsprotection. They are also in other instance where ladies attractviolence and pain the people around them. The film brings out theimage of women as either good girls who need protection or bad girlswhose seek of autonomy brings violence and sexual oppression. Kimrepresents the good woman in the film she is innocent and passive,and she is in need of a man’s protection. Her innocence is seen tobe accompanied with poor decisions when she turns seventeen shebehaves in a childish manner but, the film mostly revolves on hervirginity. The film constructs an ideal femininity and a type ofwomanhood that is worth a protection of a man. The protectionrevolves around their nature that is an antiquated idea of a realwomanhood that gives the female persons the repository of moral valuecivilization. According to the film, women in the society always hostthe moral fabric ofthe community more so in the homes. For the sake of true womanhood,the gender transgressions usually entailed adverse censurethat ranged between the unsexing female who seek the autonomy to thelack of a man’s guidance from the acts such as sexual abuse. Furthermore, there is a belief that where there is no man’sprotection over the woman, there is a guaranteed sexualvictimization. The art of saving a woman in the movie issues an idealevaluation ofmasculine power that gives the men a chance to save the imagerepresenting civilization as they triumph over the outside enemies.
Thecamera photographs the women at close angles and with good lightingperhaps to imply the need for the women to be close to theirprotectors and the lighting to show how the women should be atvicinity at all times. Brayan is seen in the films always willing tohave a close distance with her daughter and protect her at all costs.When the daughter is kidnapped, the lighting in her photographychanges to dark implying that she is out of the vicinity of herfather. The women have also been eroticized by the clothes they wear.The good girls, like Kim, are seen to wear full dresses and niceclothes that cover their bodies to show the way they value andrespect their bodies. The bad women, like the ones at the concerts,are seen to wear clothes that barely cover their bodies, and somehave their body parts displayed. The clothing of the different womenin the film can be used to characterize the ladies based on theirpurported attitude and behaviors. What the camera displays is thecritical nature and the value of the female gender in the society.The cameras are meant to display the role of the women in thesociety. They are also to display the role of men over the women. Butthe men in the film do not see the images as the camera has broughtthem. Most men consider the female bodies as a tool for leisure andpleasure. They see the females as people they can use anytimetheyfeel like as displayed in their characters and attitude towardsladies. Brayan is a character in the film acting uniquely differentfrom the other male characters. As the traffickers desire to abusethe female individuals, Brayan is focused onsaving them and punishing the abusers.Brayan is a symbol representing the female guardians and protector inthe society as displayed in the efforts to save his daughter.
Asseen in the film, the efforts of the man to protect the woman areresponded to with the woman conceding vital distance and the autonomyof decision making. While assuming the responsibility of being aprotector, Brayan shields the women from the hazards in the outsideworld at the expense of their submission and adoration. According tothe film, in the event where the real girls accept the need forprotection, the bad women always invite aggression from the worldbecause they usually move out without the guidance of men. The movieis seen to affirm the need of protection rackets through punishingthe women running around without the protection of men.