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Bryan Mills, the retired CIA agent with a particular set of skills stopped at nothing to save his daughter Kim from Albanian kidnappers. When the father of one of the kidnappers swears revenge, and takes Bryan and his wife hostage during their family vacation in Istanbul, Bryan enlists Kim to help them escape, and uses the same advanced level of special forces tactics to get his family to safety and systematically take out the kidnappers one by one.

Starring:
Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 28 minutes
Starring Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace, Liam Neeson, Luke Grimes, Rade Sherbedgia
Director Olivier Megaton, Oliver Megaton
Genres Drama
Studio 20th Century Fox
Rental release 5 April 2013
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 28 minutes
Starring Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace, Liam Neeson, Luke Grimes, Rade Sherbedgia
Director Olivier Megaton, Oliver Megaton
Genres Drama
Studio 20TH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 5 April 2013
Main languages English

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4.1 out of 5 stars

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168 of 180 people found the following review helpful By Family Man on 24 Jan. 2013
Format: DVD
I've put off watching this film for a while now as I've heard so many bad things about it but I knew I'd get round to it eventually. To be honest after watching it I have no idea what people were looking for.

It was never going to be as good as Taken due to the fact we have seen his fighting skills, we know his other abilities, we know how hard he is and that he won't quit, we know that the bad guys are only there for him to work his way through and we know everything will be peachy in the end. All that really left for Taken 2 was them to make another action movie with the same cast.

Personally I felt the storyline was good, plenty of action and the same cast. It was definitely better than people made it out to be but as expected it wasn't as good as Taken and I never expected this to be one of the very few movies where the sequel was better than the first one.

I've read reviews on here from would be movie directors who sit around and dissect movies. Being honest I prefer reading so if I sit back and watch a movie I generally want to turn my brain off and just enjoy what's going on. I thoroughly enjoyed Taken 2 and have no complaints. I'm only deducting 1 star as it wasn't as good as the first one.
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Format: DVD
REVIEWED VERSION: 2013 20th Century Fox UK DVD (Region 2)

Director: Olivier Megaton

Cast: Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace, Leland Orser, D.B. Sweeney, Luke Grimes, Jon Gries

Production: FR 2012

SYNOPSIS

While on vacation in Constantinople (Turkey), Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) and Lenore (Famke Janssen) are abducted by the father of the kidnappers from TAKEN 1 and it is up to their daughter (Maggie Grace) to save them before Mills starts another one-man vendetta against Albanian mobsters.

THE PROS & CONS

TAKEN 2 easily wins the "Worst Movie 2012" Award. Apart from the absolutely ludicrous story, which seems like a parody of the brilliant TAKEN 1, this film also misses the stunning and well-choreographed action scenes of the first part and feels more like a very cheap cash-in on the original's success.
The idea that Neeson's on-screen daughter now has to rescue her helpless parents is beyond ridiculous, as is the way she does it. Generally the entire plot is totally unrealistic and laughable.
Just as TAKEN 1, TAKEN 2 was cut/edited for its theatrical release to secure a PG-13/BBFC 12A rating, we get a slightly "harder" cut on home entertainment which runs 6 minutes longer but you will hardly notice a difference in the violence - it still is a bloodless and watered down kiddie movie.
Neeson himself seems annoyed to reprise his role of Bryan Mills. Maggie Grace's character is super annoying in this one. The only halfway decent acting performance is by Janssen. All in all the characters act unbelievably - Mills suddenly goes from helpless to beserk mode like someone threw a switch, his daughter miraculously learns how to drive.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Inspector Gadget VINE VOICE on 19 Feb. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Films that don't need or can't realistically accommodate a sequel are hashed out all the time, and Taken is no exception. The film reinvented Liam Neeson as a late-in-life action hero (despite having a few successful action films earlier in his career) and was a surprise hit at the box office thanks to its neutered PG-13 rating. A harder cut surfaced on Blu-ray, and the famous monologue of Neeson threatening the kidnappers on the phone entered pop culture, giving the studio hope that a sequel would do big business. The gamble worked, and the sequel took more money than the first. Is it any good? I expected the worst, but I actually prefer this movie to the first.

Made four years later, but set unspecified years later, Bryan Mills and infantile daughter Kim are still getting over their disastrous trip to Paris (where you are guaranteed to to be kidnapped and sold into sexual slavery, so don't even think about it). Former-bitch former-wife Lenore is now back in love with Bryan and surprises him on his last day of a Istanbul assignment by showing up at the hotel. New trip, new disaster. Will the Mills family ever learn to stay at home in America where nothing ever bad ever happened to anyone?

The daddy of the evil kidnapper in the first movie has somehow managed to find Mills and has an army of lowlifes (all of them dressing in dirty 1980s clothes that seemed to have washed-up in a lost container on a Yugoslavian beach some time in 1991) willing to sacrifice their existence for the most arbitrary of reasons (untaxed pay and the boss' approval). Mills and wife are quickly kidnapped and it's up to Kim to rescue them and let him loose to kill, kill, kill the evil foreign men.

I found this film to be more exciting and the danger was ramped-up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cartimand TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Feb. 2013
Format: Blu-ray
**** slight spoilers ****

I thoroughly enjoyed the original Taken and was hoping for more of the same. Does this deliver the goods? Well just about, if I'm being generous.

There's plenty of fisticuffs, guns blazing, a breakneck car chase (more on that later) and a very high body count. Neeson portrays the incongruous persona of loving family man and yet ultra hard-guy pretty convincingly. So where do the problems lie? Mainly with Luc Besson's implausible and, on occasion just plain daft, script.

The baddies put a huge effort into capturing Neeson and threaten our hero with a long and painful death - and yet leave him alone to make phone calls and so inexpertly tied up that a couple of minutes scraping and he's free again. His daughter hasn't even passed her driving test, but can lead the cops and gangsters in a high-speed car chase through the streets of Istanbul that would make The Stig gulp in disbelief. The triangulation via grenade-tossing stretched my credulity too far as well.

Oh and the theatrical version is censored to a ridiculous degree, making much of the action seem disjointed and lacking in context. Picture quality and audio are everything you'd expect from a blu-ray though.

So 3 stars for the "extreme" extended cut, which provides competent leave-your-brain-at-home thrills, but only 2 stars for the watered-down theatrical version.
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