'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 a SPOILER)...During one very intense scene in the film, Bryan is on the phone with his daughter, Kim (Maggie Grace) who's hiding from the bad guys in their hotel room. He tells her to...'Grab a couple of grenades, a couple of guns but as you walk through the lobby...LOOK CASUAL'.
Hey, I always look casual when carrying a submachine gun...Don't you?
Okay so, 'Taken 2' written by Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen (writers of the first one) has some over the top dialogue and several implausible scenes...including...
One where Kim, who's failed her driving test several times, because she cannot parallel park, drives a taxi, as if she's Mario Andretti on SPEED, through the streets of Istanbul, evading bullets and bad guys...while her daddy, who's in the passenger seat, shoots at their evil Albanian pursuers, as he screams...'Go faster Kim...Go faster...faster'.
Get the picture? Anyway if you're wondering why all this is happening, you have to FLASHBACK to the scene in the first 'Taken' when, Bryan tied the sleezy dude who kidnapped Kim, to a chair and proceeded to electrocute him, over and over again.
Turns out, sleezy dude's daddy, Albanian gangsta, Murad (Rade Sherbedgia) wants big time revenge against Bryan. Can't really blame him...He was the cutest of his four sons.
So when he finds out that Bryan and his wife, Lenore (Famke Janssen) and daughter Kim are in Istanbul, Murad and his band of not so merry men, head for Turkey, to kidnap them and do what angry, hate-filled Abanian bad guys do best.
'Taken 2' directed by Olivier Megaton ('Transporter 3) has car chases, gun battles, and close up hand to hand combat by the very charismatic, Liam Neeson.
Yes, you can spot what's going to happen a mile away, but it's still fun...Just don't think about it too much.
For that reason I gave 'Taken 2' which opens in theaters Friday October 6, 2012, 3 1/2 bagels out of 5. John was not so bagel generous.
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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
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?!
My husband (creator of the cult classic films FACES OF DEATH) andmyself (actress/screenwriter) are ex New Yorkers, see alot of films and usually disagree. So our friends decided that we need a review … more
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