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Taken 2

Published March 7, 2013

Taken 2

Film info

  • Title Taken 2
  • Director Oliver Megaton
  • Year 2012
  • Run time 1hr 32m
  • Genres Thriller, Action, Crime
  • Tagline First they took his daughter, now they're coming for him

Brace yourself for Taken 2, with even more explosive action and thrilling suspense - plus in-depth extras that take you deep behind the front lines of a one-man war. Liam Neeson returns as Bryan Mills, an ex-CIA operative who finds himself taken hostage along with his wife. To survive, Bryan must enlist the help of an unlikely ally and use his brutally efficient skills to take our his kidnappers.

Fast Facts

Title: Taken 2 Director: Olivier Megaton Year: 2012 Run time: 1hr 32m

Background Info

After watching the first one, I was surprised to see a second. I really quite liked the original - it was some mindless action with Neeson on gruff form - but I couldn’t see where a sequel could go. So, we were keen to watch it and find out!

Live Blog

1:47 - Interesting way of doing credits and story together. Can’t actually read them, as they’re flickering about too much though! 4:16 - “We will have our revenge.” The best sequels start like that, I’m sure. 6:42 - Tricky having a dad that used to be in the CIA. 9:18 - “I just want to feel normal, even if I’m just pretending.” 14:51 - I like how reasonable he always sounds, even if he’s not really. 17:09 - I don’t think I would want to take a CIA man by surprise. 20:32 - Uh oh, lens flare epidemic. 23:11 - What happened to that piano? 26:12 - I’ve forgotten his directions already. Right, something… a laundry… cab, something. 32:23 - Poor girl. De ja vu or what! 37:34 - If that was me, I would absolutely sneeze and give myself away. 45:23 - She’s thrown a grenade and stolen clothes. I’d say her dad’s a bad influence. 54:17 - Well, that’s genius. How does he think up this stuff? 57:03 - Big yellow taxi is not inconspicuous. 1:00:38 - “Do you know how to shoot? Then drive.” 1:10:23 - Lucky that busker sits there all day playing the same song. 1:17:24 - Ooh, hand to hand combat, eh? 1:20:51 - I wouldn’t have thought he was the bargaining type. Also, he’s totally talking himself out of a sequel. 1:24:11 - After that driving, I wouldn’t be surprised she’s passed her test!

Conclusions

Fun in places, but ultimately disappointing. It was noticeably tamer than the previous version - although in some senses that was a good thing! There was a lot less story, with the film sailing on knowledge of the characters from the first movie, and not bothering to expand on them at all. I liked that the daughter got to be a bit kick-ass rather than the one being abducted, but in the end, it was just forgettable.

**Rating: **25

Rating: 2 / 5

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