THE PLOT THUS FAR
TAKEN FROM ME: THE TIFFANY RUBIN STORY is based on a dramatic true story of Tiffany Rubin s (Taraji P. Henson) daring 2008 rescue of her seven-year-old son, Kobe, after he was abducted by his biological father and taken from his home in Queens, New York, all the way to Seoul, South Korea. At the urging of her mother Belzora (Beverly Todd), Tiffany sought the counsel of Mark Miller (Terry O Quinn) and his charitable organization, The American Association for Lost Children. With Mark s help, Tiffany was able to travel to Korea to execute a high-stakes plan to bring her son home.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
Once a kidnapped child is taken out of the US, the US government has little control over obtaining the child. I can not imagine the pain this woman felt and the turmoil she went through to try to get her son back. She is a very strong woman to not have just gone into depression or lived in seclusion after this.
The film opens on Tiffany Rubin, after her ex-husband takes their son for a week long vacation, Rubin becomes alarmed when they seem to fall off the face of the earth. Soon, it is discovered that the pair have fled the country. There seems to be little chance of Rubin even finding her son, much less bringing him home again–and, as you might expect, this is devastating for Rubin and her family. In a grounded story of mother love and perseverance, the boy is located and Rubin is determined that he should be brought home even if that brands her an international criminal. The film adds a couple of unnecessary thriller elements to the concluding chapter for dramatic purposes.