Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Review of Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story on Lifetime

Remember the old days when prime time TV movies ordinary people doing extraordinary things?  Well, the new Lifetime Original Movie Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story premiering Monday, January   31, at 9 pm (ET/PT) powerfully highlights a mother’s power to overcome the time and space dividing her from her son.  The movie stars some of my favorite actors: Taraji P. Henson (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), Terry O’Quinn (Lost) and Beverly Todd (Crash) and is based on a dramatic true story of Tiffany Rubin’s (Henson) daring 2008 rescue of her six-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.   To connect the movie to the true story, immediately following the movie at 11 PM ET/PT, Lifetime will premiere an all-new hour-long documentary, Beyond the Headlines: The Tiffany Rubin Story.

Taken From Me combines today’s productionTFM_20100802_BA-OBA7591R values with that inspiring “I am Woman, Hear me Roar” plot line in which nothing can keep a mother from her baby.  In particular, Taraji Henson is great as Rubin who shuttles between despair and hope as she, with the help of O’Quinn’s likeable character, manages to pull her child out of South Korea without invoking international ire.  What I enjoyed most about the movie was the relationship between the Rubin character and her mother—the way they challenged each other before Kobe’s kidnapping and then supported each other during the family crisis.  The rescue itself was harrowing, made all the more frightening because of the reality of this kind of custodial struggle, and I give the director props for highlighting that tension.  All in all,  watching Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story made for a satisfying evening.  Now that I’ve seen the movie which will premiere nationally on Monday, January   31, at 9 pm (ET/PT), I’m looking forward to the documentary, Beyond the Headlines: The Tiffany Rubin Story, immediately following it.

I did not receive compensation for this post although I did receive a DVD in order to facilitate this review.  Any and all opinions are mine.


  1. What this movie is about - is mostly lies - (mostly wrong).

    I know the whole REAL story - as I am the guy in Jamsil who was working for the FBI and arrange the whole re-kidnapping of the child who was already kidnapped by the biological father - a Korean man who had been adopted to the USA when he was 9y.o.

    Tiffany - talks lots of rubbish - just trying to make herself more "famous" (for doing nothing) and sharing half the profit with Mark Miller is the founder of the American Association For Lost Children - although they did almost nothing - and I had to tell them do this, do this,....

    p.s. - The FBI paid me USD$7,500 for doing all the work - but I am supposed to keep his mouth shut and not tell anything to anyone.

    based on that Tiffany and her friends from the "American Association of Missing children" are claiming they did everything (although they did almost nothing).

    I begged Tiffany to come to Korea for four months - before she finally came - so I could give her son back to her - she didn't believe me - and recruited Mark Miller and his ex-CIA Agent buddy from the American Association For Lost Children

    Once they finally arrived - I had to basically hold their hands and take them to the school and classroom and tell them how to just call Kobe out of the room and get in a taxi and go to the American embassy.

    The next day they followed my plan (very easily) and the embassy in Seoul has no problems giving Kobe a new passport and putting them on a plane bound for the USA.

    The whole time this was happening - Tiffany mostly sat in the hotel room I had given them (behind my apartment) - doing nothing.

    p.s. - There was NO detective that helped Tiffany get her son out of the Korean school - I did everything - no police or detectives were involved. - only I updated the FBI in New York daily of what he was doing.

    I later tricked Jeffrey LEE (Korean-adoptee and Biological father of Kobe) into going to Guam, where I arranged with the FBI to arrest the guy in Guam.

    Jeffrey LEE was flown from Guam back to New Jersey in 2008 and released from prison in 2010.

    Today he is still in the USA and is a free man.

    Tiffany is still a public school teacher (special school) in NYC, but is planning on moving to the country-side in the USA soon - as she wants to move out of the city.

    The movie is false - as the events in the movie are totally false - they are claiming credit for doing stuff - that they never did.

    Watch it if you like watching a load of trash!

  2. First of all No one said in the opening credits nor the end that the movie was True or 100% true it clearly states BASED ON A TRUE STORY!!!!!!!!! and i can tell you do not have any kids of your own b/c you would've gone about doing what she did the same way It sounds like you jus want your 15 minutes of fame and This is not about you Hunny it's about Tiffany kobe and that terrible man of a father jeff


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