Lets face facts, Taken was never a great film, but it was great late night entertainment as Liam Neeson displayed is special set of skills. So what became what would be straight to DVD fair, became an unexpected hit at the box office. A sequel was of course was green lit making exceptions high for what is a guilty pleasure. Written by Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen and directed by Oliver Megaton, it’s a premise has no legs. Neeson’s Bryan Mills gets a surprise visit from his daughter (Maggie Grace) and wife Lenore (Famke Janssen) while in Istanbul. In a effort to rebuild there failed marriage, Kim lets her parents go out in the city while staying inside the hotel, while Murad Krasniqi (Rade Šerbedžija , or Boris the sneaky Russian) father of one of the disposable goons from the previous film, set out to avenge his sons death, by kidnapping Bryan and Lenore. It’s now up to Neesons set of skills to guide Kim out of harms way and save all three them.
Given that the first instalment provied cheap thrills, Taken 2 is very stale and unenaging. Neeson is great as all ways but the acton is by the numbers and has no bite. Clearly filmed with a higher certificate rating in mind, the film has been cut down to a 12a, taking out all the edge and enjoyment. Even worse, it leaves you questioning wether someone died and how, which for fans of action films, is a very unsatisfying experience.