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Viewers comparing new Netflix thriller to Liam Neeson's Taken

Viewers comparing new Netflix thriller to Liam Neeson's Taken

The thriller has just dropped on the streaming service and people can't help but compare it to the popular Neeson film

Netflix has released new thriller Lou - and if you like Taken, then it may be a bit of you. Watch the trailer here:

The film has only just dropped on the streaming service, but already it has drawn comparisons with the Liam Neeson film franchise, which debuted in 2008.

Lou stars Oscar-winner Allison Janney as the titular character, who embarks on a dark mission to rescue a mother's kidnapped daughter.

So, with a plot line like that, it's easy to see why the Taken comparisons have been cropping up.

Viewers have been comparing the film to Taken.

On Twitter, one viewer wrote: "Done watching #Lou on netflix. It's like watching Taken but with less people in it. Good choice for a Friday night movie."

Another said: "Perfect casting to put @AllisonBJanney in a role like this. She truly can do anything.

"Lou gives Allison Janney the @JohnWickMovie role, with some #LiamNeesom in Taken as a side dish."

While a third added: "lmao did Netflix make a female version of Taken called Lou?"

It's not just viewers who have seen similarities either, with Digital Spy labelling the movie 'Allison Janney's Taken – but not as fun as that sounds'.

The publication's review reads: "The drawback of such a strong hook – and Taken's box-office success – is that many would try and replicate it. The latest in a long line of imitators is Lou on Netflix, which does the full Taken by casting Allison Janney against type as a grizzled former CIA spy.

"Sounds fun, right? It absolutely should be with the talents of Janney and Birds of Prey's Jurnee Smollett, who takes on a co-lead role here.

"The problem is that unlike TakenLou either knows what it is and is ashamed of it, or thinks it's a lot deeper than it really is."

Meanwhile, the A.V. Club drew more favourable comparisons.

The movie is available to stream now.

Its review reads: "In Lou, it’s flat-out fun to see Allison Janney get to make her own version of Taken and Nobody. And she plays the vengeful, flawed saviour role with just as much no-nonsense determination, rigorous gusto, and grizzled grit as Liam Neeson and Bob Odenkirk ever could—combined."

Perhaps then, if you're a fan of this kind of film, you're best off watching it for yourself and seeing how it stands up.

The synopsis reads: "Thinking she’d put her dangerous past behind her, Lou (Allison Janney) finds her quiet life interrupted when a desperate mother (Jurnee Smollett) begs her to save her kidnapped daughter.

"As a massive storm rages, the two women risk their lives on a rescue mission that will test their limits and expose dark and shocking secrets from their pasts."

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Topics: Netflix, TV and Film