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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

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9 of 9 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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131 of 142 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Phil Tyler on 8 Oct 2014
Format: Amazon Instant Video
Firstly I loved Taken - it was a dark taut action-packed roller coaster ride, great script well acted. Didn't need a sequel and the imaginatively titled Taken 2 does nothing but remind you how great the first one is.

The 'plot' has so many holes in it and the baddies are so incompetent - are we really expected to believe that after knowing he killed so many people that they would loosely tie him up without doing a thorough check on his clothes or post someone outside the door who was clearly deaf and couldn't hear Liam having a full-on conversation with his daughter on the mobile phone he secreted...hope I'm not spoiling the plot by the way.

How he manages to let her know his location is ridiculous and in general it's just a run-of-the-mill poor sequel. Don't waste an hour and a half watching this drivel - watch the original or watch something else.

Very disappointing
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Absolutegirl on 13 Feb 2013
Format: DVD
This movie is okay, nowhere near as good as the first, very predictable, all the action rammed into the second half and about as believeable as a film about aliens ruling earth. I enjoyed it but wouldn't watch it again.
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22 of 25 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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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By gi Jane on 17 Feb 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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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