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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 Liam Neeson, Rade Sherbedgia, Famke Janssen, Luke Grimes, Maggie Grace
Director Oliver Megaton, Olivier 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 Liam Neeson, Rade Sherbedgia, Famke Janssen, Luke Grimes, Maggie Grace
Director Oliver Megaton, Olivier Megaton
Genres Drama
Studio 20TH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 5 April 2013
Main languages English

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David P TOP 50 REVIEWER on 18 Sep 2013
Format: DVD
Many sequels fail to live up to the first effort, but at least they normally try to develop the story *a bit*, or even have a new story. This is just the same thing over again, and the overwhelming impression it leaves you with is that Neeson could barely be bothered to turn up to filming each day. He doesn't seem to have made the tiniest effort to get in shape ("Welcome to the set Mr Neeson. Now, have you been getting yourself in shape for the past 3 months as we discussed?" - "Er.. (pant) nah... (wheeze) let's get on with it"). One minute he is apparently knocking the stuffing out of several assailants with lightning fast martial art skills, then the next he is stumbling around like someone's doddering grandfather, barely able to break in to a modestly speedy shuffle. He doesn't manage to convey the impression of being able to run for a bus without collapsing with exhaustion, never mind tearing around after lethal kidnapping assassins.

The first film was formulaic but fairly well executed and fun to watch. This is just second rate dire repetition.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Timelord007 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 Mar 2014
Format: DVD
Dvd Info, Region 2.
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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117 of 127 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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5 of 5 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 The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER 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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