Director Philipp Stozi hopes that people would still go out and watch his latest movie Erased, which is a decent copycat of Taken. It stars Aaron Eckhart as Ben Logan, acting as a CIA agent who is living in Brussels with his teen daughter Amy, played by Liana Liberato.
Logan is working on a couple of technology patents. Then one day he arrives at his office to find it empty. His colleagues are also gone. It is as if they didn’t exist at all. Soon after, Logan and his daughter are on the run from assassins who are hired by some bad corporation. It is unclear at first whether they want to separate them, kidnap the daughter or just kill him off.
Stozi manages to utilize the nice locations around Belgium. Each violent confrontation leads to another wrong turn in the maze that’s turning out to be more deadly to the father and daughter as the movie progresses. The suspense never lets up and keeps the interest high. While you already know how it will end, getting there is where the fun is.
Eckhart dispatches the villains with ease. His is a good actor but a sub-par action hero. The director manages to make him look good through fast edits and quick cuts. The scenes that highlight his character as a black ops engineer are believable though.
Stozi gives Liberato the chance to shine in Erased. The viewers can relate with her character. Olga Kurylenko is a decent actress but her character in the movie is quite useless that you don’t feel any connection with her at all.
Erased is an intelligent, suspenseful thriller that keeps audiences at the edge of their seats. Right from the start you feel that it is a good movie. It is an action thriller involving a big corporation and secret agents. It is a must-see for people who are looking for decent movies in this genre.