The Taken series made a boatload of money for Fox by appealing to people who just want to see Liam Neeson kicking ass and shooting people (i.e. millions and millions of people), a thrill that -- as this supercut proves -- could have easily "taken" up only 90 seconds of your time (and debited exactly zero dollars out of your bank account). It's too late to turn back time, but I like that this montage boils down precisely what these movies are: big, dumb, violent, spectacles that simultaneously mirror and vindicate the toxic strain of vigilantism that pervades American culture. Have a great weekend, everybody.

A former contributor to sites including MTV's The Backlot and Bloody-Disgusting, Chris Eggertsen worked in film development before indulging his love of pop culture writing full time. He specializes in horror, the intersection of social issues and entertainment and Howard Stern. He's on Twitter @HitFixChris.