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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

4.0 out of 5 stars

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119 of 129 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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6 of 6 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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Corey S. Newcombe on 1 Feb 2014
Format: DVD
Bryan Mills stopped at nothing to save his daughter Kim from Albanian kidnappers.

The father of one of the kidnappers has sworn revenge and takes Bryan and his wife hostage during their family vacation in Istanbul.

Bryan enlists his daughter to help them escape.....

Taking the prize for the most pointless sequel of the year, Taken 2 is simply a blatant cash in of the success of the first one.

That was a guilty pleasure and gave Neeson a career resurgence, but he hasn't looked this embarrassed since he was in The Haunting, but he rises above the filthy script and puts in an okay performance.

It's not the casts fault, it's the fact when you are watching the badly edited action scenes, you know someone somewhere is rubbing their hands thinking about 'The Extended Hardcore Torture Filled Party Edition' blu-ray and it makes one pretty fed up of Hollywood.

The story is scrappy and way too simple, and the narrative is blunderingly silly, do we really have to see another film where the villains leave to watch football so our hero can escape? And good old professional Mills gets his daughter to throw grenades so he can hear where she is, cheers dad.

When you realise that the films most tense moment is watching Kim parallel park, you know that your in trouble.

Like Mills says to the chief bad guy at the end 'I'm tired of all this'.
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16 of 18 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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1 of 1 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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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Albatross 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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