Taken 2 (2012) starring Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen, Rade Serbedzija directed by Olivier Megaton Movie Review

Taken 2 (2012)   3/53/53/53/53/5

Liam Neeson in Taken 2 (2012)

Taking Liberties

Some things never change and Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) is still obsessive, possessive and protective when it comes to his ex wife Lenore (Famke Janssen) and daughter Kim (Maggie Grace). So when Lenore is having marriage trouble he suggests that both her and Kim should come and spend some time with him in Istanbul where he is working. But it seems that when he put into use his killing skills to save his daughter when she was kidnapped he upset one of the kidnapper's fathers who seeks revenge and kidnaps both Bryan and Lenore. Of course you can't keep someone like Bryan hostage for long and with the help of Kim there is no way that he will leave Lenore with the kidnappers.

When they are looking for definitions for words they should use "Taken 2" for the definition of needless as this was one movie which should have never been made. The thing is that it isn't a bad movie but it is immediately far fetched with Bryan being targeted by an upset father and then it ends up familiar because it is more of the same as we watch Bryan kick anyone's butt who gets in his way or threatens his family. Look I can understand why a sequel to "Taken" was made, it was a good movie which made money but it was a nice story which worked within its limits and to expand it causes it to loose feasibility.

Having said that I am sure that for those who watched "Taken 2" because they enjoyed Liam Neeson playing the all action role will get their kicks from watching him be the super prepared Boy Scout who counts in seconds and pays attention to every single noise he hears whilst being abducted. In truth it is still entertaining especially how Bryan tries to work out where he has been taken but a lot of it veers towards the ridiculous and that spoils things.

What this all boils down to is that "Taken 2" is entertaining but it is a movie for those who love watching Liam Neeson playing the lean mean killing machine rather than those who watch for the story as the story this time is too far fetched for its own good.