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07/01/2013 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

What to take from this somber and lame sequel?

What to take from this sequel? An earnest father making sure his daughter would learn to face bravely like him, the rusticated performance from Liam Neeson or the somber action scenes with an easy take on villain. Oliver Megaton (Transporter fame) has kicked in some lame action scenes, seriously unwanted intelligence and the misfit villain. Liam Neeson and his wife Famke Jansen have been taken. It is up to their daughter to follow along and help her father finish off the bad guys. What’s the point here? Only revenge. I do not know, how Neeson had found out the place just by smelling and hearing the wind movement. His daughter is busy drawing circles, in the map to find a place where they have been taken. This intelligence needs answers. Where is the reason to prove that? How did he do it?...

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05/21/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Taken 2" by Yojimbo

The surviving members of the Albanian gang who kidnapped Bryan Mills' daughter swear revenge and hunt him down in Istanbul. Despite its simplistic plot and generic nature, Taken was the epitome of the guilty pleasure mainly because of some taut, energetic direction and the highly charismatic performance by Liam Neeson. This lazy sequel is typical of a Hollywood cash-in in that it takes the formula of the first film and makes a sterile, cynical and imagination-free carbon copy that seems to forget to include everything that made the original film work. It's a lot easier to excuse free range brutality when its victims are vile rapists and slave traders so when Neeson guns down a room full of unarmed middle-aged men who are just watching the football, sympathy is a little harder to come by. ...

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10/21/2012 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

"I'm tired of this."

This is the continuation of Taken and it picks up where the previous film leaves off with a group of men in Albania attending a funeral, mourning the men ex-CIA operative Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson), killed while searching for his daughter. During the ceremony, Murad Krasniqi (Rade Šerbedžija), the employer of the men and father of Marko, a victim whom Bryan killed by electrocution, states that they will find Bryan to avenge the deaths of their loved ones. He has strong connections and he wants Mills and his family to pay and is willing to forgive the fact that his dead son was involved in human trafficking.

As you might have guess, Liam Neeson once again plays the role of a stoic warrior with a mad set of skills, whose only weakness is a soft spot for his beloved daughter Kim (Maggie...

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10/18/2012 (2 of 2 found this helpful)

Taken 2 review

Bryan Mills (Neeson) brings Kim (Grace) and Lenore (Janssen) to Instanbul. The parents of Kim get abducted, then after Bryan escapes he finds Lenore. A huge departure from the original installment since this had a coyish screenplay and a slow start for its genre. It was funny that the abductors didn't do anything when they heard Bryan on the phone and how amazing a driver Kim was. The product place of Mercedes was overly emphasized during the car chase. It likewise lacks an interesting and gruesome antagonist. Good points for the soundtrack and somewhat lacking action, which focused more on the father daughter relationship. Action fans will be disappointed with Taken 2 since there was less fight scenes and lack of innovative ideas for this lackluster sequel. A lousy picture of re...

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