Taken 2

In Istanbul, retired CIA operative Bryan Mills and his wife are taken hostage by the father of a kidnapper Mills killed while rescuing his daughter.


Writers:  Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen
Director:  Olivier Megaton
Stars:  Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace
Run time/Rating:  92 Minutes/ PG-13
Popcorn Score:  Small Popcorn with Butter

Alright, I admit it.  I really liked the movie Taken.  As I’m sure many of you were, I was initially turned off by the elementary title, the bogus tagline of “I have a particular set of skills” that caught on like a wildfire, and by the disappointment that the classic dramatic actor Liam Neeson had taken his talent to the action genre (Pardon the Pun).   But the movie was good.  It had exciting hand to hand combat, cool tactical maneuvers by an expert spy and a storyline that kept you interested throughout the 90 minute ride.  Unfortunately with the sequel, the equally creative titled؟ “Taken 2” is a classic case of a movie studio trying to ring out just a little more story from a creative-less towel.

The movie has all of the same players.  With the help of daughter Kim, (Maggie Grace) Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) is becoming close again with his ex-wife Lenore (Famke Janssen).  They all take a trip to Istanbul to try to reunite their family; unfortunately, they are not the only people planning a reunion in Istanbul.  If you remember from Taken, Liam Neeson killed many men in his efforts to  find his daughter.  In Taken 2, the father of one of those men has assembled a team in the spirit of revenge to take and kill Liam Neeson and his family.

The entire movie keeps a level plane of action and excitement that is never even too intense and that levelness creates for a fairly boring movie.  Without the ups and downs of a well-written screenplay, it just ends up being a low rate action movie with better than average actors.  It’s unfortunate that greedy studios couldn’t leave a surprise hit be without cheapening it by creating a pointless sequel.  Oh well, it’s not the first time that has happened and certainly won’t be the last.

Small Popcorn with Butter.

1 Comment to "Taken 2"

  1. 02/14/2013 - 11:16 pm | Permalink

    Good review Alan. It’s basically the first Taken movie, but this time, with just more of everything else. That’s not terrible, but it’s not all that smart or original either.

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