Taken 2 Review
December 20, 2012
Taken 2 is the reason that studios should really think twice before committing to a sequel.
Taken is one of the very few Liam Neeson films that I enjoy (along with Love Actually, of course), so I was mildly interested when I heard about Bryan Mills’ return to use his particular set of skills in the imaginatively titled Taken 2. Sadly, it was just another to add to the Neeson flops that frequent his career.
Bryan Mills (Neeson) previously stopped at nothing to save his daughter from kidnapers. When the father of one of the villians Mills killed back in 2008 seeks his revenge, he takes Bryan and his wife (Famke Janssen) hostage in Istanbul. This time around it’s daughter, Kim (Maggie Grace), who comes to save the day; no thanks to her dad’s particular set of skills.
Even if Taken 2 had been factually correct in its methods (calculating distances like that would not work in real life; a little research doesn’t hurt anyone), it would have been just as dull and boring. Yes, there are some nice action shots but it’s nothing we haven’t seen before. With a plot far too similar to the first without the tension and surprise that made Taken so enjoyable, I implore you to avoid this below-par sequel and just catch the original again.