Taken 2 2012

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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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167 of 179 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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Happy chap on 24 Dec. 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Didn't like the start of the movie the loud dramatic music was off putting but stick with it as its good plenty of action, a bit Steven Seagal style of fighting but its decent.One or two silly moments but overall good recommended
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E.K on 2 May 2015
Format: DVD
Again Taken 2 fails to impress me due to the stupidity of the story and the amateurish direction and script writing. First let me point out the actors playing the Albanians in this movie none of them is Albanian apart from a hotel receptionist. In the credits you can clearly see all the actors are either Turkish or middle easterners. Albanian names are specific and easy to spot.a bit of research Mr Director.What team do you have to do your research honestly? The people in the mountains of Tropoje Albania that they are portraying here are Christian Roman catholics not muslim and I have never seen an Albanian national with a tattoo with a moon and star on their hand. They have an Albanian Eagle tattoo so this just amateurish directing with false information. If the real Albanian Mafia are was against him he would not last very long let alone escape and kill them all with ease.The Albanian Mafia if you research they are not religious let alone greet each other in the islamic way which they are not which is ridiculous and a big flow in the writers of this movie. Its simply a racist and non accurate movie. If you want to make a movie try to find the proper Albanian actors for it not actors that find a word on the dictionary which the cant even say correctly.To top that again a racial approach towards muslims in general. Again this movie tells you if you go abroad in this case Turkey you can do whatever you like. Basically you own the place. Awful movie. How some have given this movie 5stars is beyond me. Rewarding an amateur director for a terrible movie. As a movie fan this is ridiculous.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By THE MOVIE GUY on 27 May 2013
Format: Blu-ray
Based on the screen appeal of Liam Neeson and the sex slave trade in Eastern Europe, we give you "Taken 2." In Eastern Europe the action takes place shorty after Bryan Mills (Liam) went "walking tall" all over them to save his daughter in the first feature. They are burying their dead and vow revenge. Yes, slave traders love their children too. In the US, the action takes place at some time in the future from the first film. Liam's ex-wife Lenore (Famke Janssen) is now separated from her husband and daughter Kim (Maggie Grace) with whom Bryan has built a solid relationship by rescuing her from slave traders, is slightly ungrateful as she would now rather spend time with her boyfriend Jamie (Luke Grimes) then let dad give her much needed driving lessons.

In order to make it easy on the script writers, Bryan and family travel to Istanbul. In spite of Liam's alertness, savvy, and being a lean mean fighting machine, his ex-wife is not and they are "taken" because "Kidnapped" has been used as too many film titles. Armed with a cell phone with a Turkish SIM card, a shoe lace, and some government issue grenades, Kim goes McGyver on them to save the family.

Definitely lacks the intensity of the first film. Okay as a rental.

Parental Guide: No f-bombs, sex, or nudity.
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Format: Blu-ray
Taken 2 manages to do some of the things that any good sequel should do:
It enriches the first film's plot by expanding it naturally.
Neeson's hero, Brian Mills, is fleshed out further. This time the expansion of his character isn't demonstrated by his gunplay, but by his ingrained habits and skills - obsessive punctuality, over-caution, and some fun (if slightly far-fetched) tradecraft skills such as tracking locations in original ways that add a frisson of fun to standard thriller scenes.
Janssen's ex-wife character is much the same as before, if getting more screen time. And Maggie Grace gets a lot more to do, her role expanding to include facing up to her fears, and also some badass driving during the film's exhilarating standout car chase sequence - a smashing chase through the heart of Istanbul.
The plot also grows nicely organically from the first film, and feels like a good realistic reason for a sequel, which is a nice change in a world of franchise movies with increasingly thin reasons for extending the money-train.
The bad guys are quite well played, and the fights, chases and gunplay are quite well directed. This was especially satisfying for me, as my heart fell when I heard that Olivier Megaton had been handed this film, given the tacky, throwaway job he'd done on the pretty awful Transporter 3. Luckily this time he's on far better form, his directing showing that maybe more serious tones suit him better. He still frames too close to the action, often obscuring some of the moves and creating confusion during the bigger fights, and he still doesn't know how to shoot a city so it feels distinctive (Istanbul comes out feeling very much like 'generic Islamic city' despite the frequent rooftop shots of tourist attractions).
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