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

Taken 2

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

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars

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154 of 166 people found the following review helpful By Family Man TOP 1000 REVIEWER 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Timelord-007 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 Mar. 2014
Format: DVD
Taken 2 (DVD).

DVD Info.
Region 2
Certificate 15
Running time 91 minutes - Extended Harder Cut
89 Minutes - theatrical cut

Trivia.
1)Oliver Megatron Directed Transporter 3 with Jason Statham.
2)Liam Neesons first movie sequel.
3)This grossed over $139 million dollars on a $45 million dollar budget.

Synopsis.
In Istanbul, Retired CIA agent Bryan Mills & his ex wife are taken by Kidnapper Murad Krasniqi in revenge as Mills killed his son when rescuing his daughter.

The tables are now turned as it's down to Bryan's daughter Kim to rescue her parent's from the kidnappers enabling Bryan to use his special kills in fighting & firearms in taking down the remaining thugs & killers who have put his family at risk.

Timelord Thoughts.
Well don't bother with theatrical cut it's simply 12a type action movie, Go with the slightly harder cut as it's more effective.

Liam Neeson reprises his role as ex CIA Bryan Mills & gives another good performance here as does Maggie Grace who gets a bit more to do in the action scenes as his daughter Kim in this sequel.

Famke Jansen returns as Lenore hinting at a possible reconciliation with Bryan but again her character has very little to do barring getting captured.

This film isn't as good as the original, Why? Well the maker's of Taken never thought Taken was going to be such a huge hit so they made the original brutal & choc full on hardcore action in it's fight sequences & shootouts.

With the sequel they toned down the violence to obtain the dreaded 12a rating to capitalize on the success of the original.
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9 of 10 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Ian M. Dalton on 11 Dec. 2013
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Come on, Liam, the original Taken was a brilliant film, but this one ain't so good, BECAUSE IT'S EXACTLY THE SAME! Do you really need the cash so bad that you compromised your acting integrity? Buy the great original, but not this, honestly, you could mix up the packaging and never notice.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By gi Jane on 17 Feb. 2013
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I Liked "Taken" and eagerly awaited this release. I had read reviews prior to this follow up and was disappointed that most were
negative. However, decided to form my own opinion. Afraid all the poor reviews were spot on. Very predictable, frustrating in parts don't waste your money buying wait until it comes on t.v.
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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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