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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159 of 171 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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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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman TOP 100 REVIEWER on 26 Feb. 2013
Format: Blu-ray
in the first film 'bryan mills' ( former c.i.a agent ) rescued his daughter
who had been kidnapped by an 'albanian' gang' in the process killing all
involved.
the families of those involved now seek revenge......this time both his
daughter and ex-wife become involved.
must admit i was a little dubious of how this would link up.......needn't
have worried.
maybe not as polished as the first,however...great action, superb car chase
............great entertaining watch.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Albatross TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 15 Feb. 2013
Format: DVD
If you've seen the first Taken film, then you've basically seen the second. Some may say that's a flaw (and I suppose in some ways it is), but when the first one was quite an enjoyable action romp, then if you enjoyed it, you'll probably like this one too.

In the first film, CIA superman, Liam Neeson's daughter sets foot outside the good ol' U.S. of A. and gets kidnapped (sorry... taken) by the first gang of non-American scumbags she ran into. You'd think with that sort of track record, his family may steer well clear of foreign travel. Of course that would make a pretty dull sequel. Instead, they take a relaxing CIA-orientated jaunt back to the hell-holes of Europe and this time Liam and Mrs Liam end up getting taken by an offshoot of the first gang of scumbags, this time wanting revenge.

So, Liam must do what he does best... which is basically the same as what he did the first time round. Have a few car chases, count things and basically murder everyone he comes across.

It's all very serious. I thought that it may stray into tongue-in-cheek, as it's so far-fetched, but it never does. Everything is played straight right up until the end.

If you liked the first, or are a fan of ultra serious Bourne-style action romps then you'll probably like this one too. I look forward to seeing who gets taken in the next film. My money's on his dog.

3.5 out of five.
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