Bryan Mills's (Liam Neeson) life hasn't panned out well: his dedication to the CIA wrecked his marriage and relationship with daughter Kim (Maggie Grace).
Now retired from the Agency, he wants to make amends with Kim. But in order to do so, he has to contend with his ex-wife Lenore's (Famke Janssen) animosity and Kim's new stepdad's (Xander Berkeley) wealth.
Bryan wins favour from his daughter by giving his blessing to a European trip accompanied by a friend. But once in Paris the two girls are kidnapped by vicious Eastern European sex traffickers.
As the pair are abducted, Bryan warns his daughter's captors: 'I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you'. He then does his best to make good on the promise, using all the violent tricks of the trade his time at the CIA taught him.
Director: Pierre Morel. Producer: Luc Besson.
(2008) Cert: 18