Kidnapped to Korea
Whilst no longer together Tiffany Rubin (Taraji P. Henson - The Karate Kid) tries maintain a good relationship with her son's father, Jeff (Sean Baek), not kicking up a fuss when it comes to him having Kobe (Drew Davis) for a week during the summer, even when he plans to take him out of state to Disney World. But mid week when Tiffany tries to get in touch it seems that Jeff had lied to her about what his plans were and has taken their son Kobe out of the country and to South Korea. With the American Government unable to help, Tiffany turns to Mark Miller (Terry O'Quinn - The Locket) who runs the American Association for Lost Children. It is with Mark's help that Tiffany is able to head to Korea and attempt to get her son back.
There are certain things I have learned from being a movie reviewer who enjoys the easy to watch nature of TV movies, one of those things is the surprising frequency that the abducted child storyline comes around. It means that when I come across one of these abducted child movies it takes some thing really special to make them memorable and being based on a true story isn't enough, come on how many made for TV movies are based on true stories. Unfortunately "Taken from Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story", whilst a solid drama that is based on a true story, doesn't do anything that special to make it any more memorable than any other similar movies.
As such "Taken from Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story" does kind of work through the playbook when it comes to child abduction movies from Tiffany using the mummy card when it comes to persuading a cop to go against protocol to the increased tension between Tiffany and her husband Chris as he feels like he is being shut out. And we also see how Tiffany becomes frustrated with a system which not only struggles to do anything but some of those who do help won't guarantee her son's return despite charging thousands for their services.
The one thing which "Taken from Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story" has going for it is Taraji P. Henson whose performance as Tiffany gives the movie some power. From the emotional hurt of being separated from her son with not knowing where he is making it worse to the frustration of the system which doesn't appear to be on her side it is Henson who emotes all that pain, frustration and anger. Aside from Henson the rest of the cast, which includes Terry O'Quinn and David Haydn-Jones, deliver solid performances but are acted off of the screen by Henson.
What this all boils down to is that when it comes to story "Taken from Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story" is nothing new or special, in fact fans of TV movies will probably find themselves thinking of other similar based on true story movies. But what "Taken from Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story" has is Taraji P. Henson who delivers a powerful performance as Tiffany Rubin.