Producer Luc Besson and director Pierre Morel’s “Taken” wasn’t a perfect film. However, it was a solid action thriller that served up a good protagonist, strong forward momentum, good action, chase sequences and some clever twists that drove its pace and plot. I guess one may say that such a film should be a ‘one-timer’ since really, there really isn’t much one can do with the concept of “Taken”. But I guess Luc Besson with new director Oliver … more
By Joan Alperin Schwartz 'Taken 2', a sequel to the very highly successful 2008 film, 'Taken' which made 230 million dollars, once again stars the very tall, very talented, Liam Neeson as Bryan Mills, ex CIA agent extraordinaire. The film has great action, edge of your seats thrills and many...unintentional, funny moments, that had me LMAO. For example...(don't worry this isn't … more
Star Rating: My main issue with the original Taken was the inconsistency in tone, namely the wild shifts between serious drama and escapist action entertainment. Taken 2 is atmospherically a bit more even, the heavy-handedness of human trafficking and sex slavery pushed aside in favor of a generic kidnap-and-revenge story. Does this make it better than the first film? From my viewpoint, both films are pretty much the same; they have their moments of effectiveness, … more
After the first movie which may be the ultimate "father's day" movie to watch, Liam Neeson reprises his role for a sequel. I want to see where they can take the character into this time. But really.... The guy trained Bruce Wayne in Batman Begins....trained Obi-Wan in "Star Wars'...He played a God in Narnia and Clash of the Titans....he punched wolves in THE GREY....why mess with him again?!