Taken: 5 Movie Kidnappings That Are Any Parent’s Worst Nightmare

Saturday, November 19 by C.T. Wright

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Good parents plan and build dreams for their children, so the thought of compiling a list of movie kidnappings that are any parent’s worse nightmare, is just that: nightmarish. Kidnapping is a word that strikes fear into the heart of any parent. While the risk of kidnapping is generally low for most parents, it is still something to worry about. Perhaps keeping the kids home and making them watch these movies can help ensure their safety.

"Taken"

One line in the movie sums up the sentiment of any parent in this situation: "… If you let my daughter go now, that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you; I will not pursue you. But if you don’t… I will find you and I will kill you." Liam Neeson goes all out and uses his military training to find his daughter. Thoughts of her being trafficked in the international sex trade relentlessly drives him in his quest. The single-minded focus of this plot makes it one of the best movie kidnappings that are any parent’s worst nightmare.

"Ransom"

Mel Gibson may have some personal issues, but no one can deny his ability to captivate on-screen. His lovable tough guy routine was in full effect in this film. You truly feel his anguish at losing his son and the strain it puts on his relationship with his wife. What makes this one of the kidnapping movies is the scene where the kidnapper fires his gun over the phone and tells Gibson he's just killed his son.

"Hostel"

Imagine raising your child, helping him through college, watching him successfully graduate and sending him on a backpacking trip to Europe as a present. Next, imagine your child getting kidnapped and being used as a murder-death-kill toy in the basement of some Eastern European hell hole. Before even hearing the gory details, the plot of "Hostel" qualifies as one of the most horrific movie kidnappings that are any parent’s worst nightmare. 

"Last House on the Left"

This shocker in both its original and remake borders on the sick and depraved side of things. Not only do the kidnappers/rapists abuse a young woman, but they pay a visit to darling daughter's home sweet home for an added dose of terror. Little do these kidnapper/rapists know that being a guest of the parents of the victim is not a good idea.

"Man on Fire"

Just the thought of precocious little child star Dakota Fanning in the clutches of notorious Mexican kidnappers is enough to make many a parent cry. In this case, one parent is partially responsible while the other waits impatiently for her daughter’s retrieval. That task is up to Denzel Washington’s character, who has become a surrogate father to Fanning’s character and whom she nicknames “Creasy Bear.” Creasy sums up the plot of this movie with one line: “I’m going to kill them all. Anyone that was involved. Anybody who profited from it. Anybody who opens their eyes at me.”