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The rest of its appeal comes from the unapologetic simplicity of its plot, its propulsive pace, and the way Neeson took to both, bringing unsmiling gr ..
"The rest of its appeal comes from the unapologetic simplicity of its plot, its propulsive pace, and the way Neeson took to both, bringing unsmiling g ..
Its fun enough on its own relatively low budget merits, but its really nothing to die or kill for.
"The lack of barriers making sure the player doesnt get off track will be revelatory to open world game fans."
Both have made films that have involved either abductions or high octane action sequences and car chases.
Taken 2 occasionally looks sharp and glossy, but the actual story is a barren wasteland of genre cliches.
We Got This Covered
If you love Taken for NOTHING but Neesons action chops, chances are youll be adamantly indifferent about Taken 2.
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Youre hanging upside down and bleeding, with a black hood over your head, and you hear your ex husbands reassuring voice: Its all gonna be OK.And it i ..
"When youve got enemies like Murad, maybe thats not such a good idea."
This is a film that makes the Death Wish sequels look like Godfather 2, that makes the work of Jean Claude Van Damme look like an Ingmar Bergman box s ..
But then once Liam shows up, that old warm sense of comfort, safety and familiarity kicks in.
Parents need to know that Taken 2 is the sequel to the 2009s hit thriller Taken, but its less mean and vicious than the original, with more sympatheti ..
Common Sense Media
Olivier Megatons wan and weedy follow up to Pierre Morels muscularly unpleasant 2008 thriller feels like such a swindle that the original films sizeab ..
Well made and entertaining, Taken 2 will find an appreciative audience, even if fans feel that some of the spark is gone.
Lack of originality aside TAKEN 2 would be fine if it delivered in the action category, but even on that level it fails.
A smart story, paired with Neesons charm and Mills unrelenting brutality proved to be a winning combination for audiences.
If youre going on a family vacation, be sure that the human trafficking ring you put out of business in that far more satisfying and suspenseful thril ..
As indebted as the Pierre Morel directed Taken was to a this time its personal crossbreeding of the Bourne and Death Wish films, it also minted its ow ..
Got it.Fortunately, a good action film doesnt need subtlety but clean lines, sure definitions, big emotions and, ideally, economy.
Unfortunately, this half hearted sequel is low on novelty and lower on fun.
2 out of 4 stars Title Taken 2 Written by Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen Directed by Olivier Megaton Starring Liam Neeson and Maggie Grace Genre Act ..
The Globe And Mail
Taken 2 is more of the same, except a little bigger, a little dumber, and a little less invigorating.
The one surefire punchline in Taken 2 is unintended, a bitter laugh.Ex CIA operative Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson), delivering his trademark crisis contro ..
This should be a thrilling, if repetitive, continuation of what happened last time.
Eric Ds Nider
This is a halfway decent action film, but I do hope if they make another sequel of this, they make a better one.
Still, theres enough DNA from the original to keep Taken 2 afloat, and Neeson has become a thinking mans action star.Taken 2 is a rehash of the origin ..
Pierre Morels Taken was blissfully simplistic, focused, and served raw, using star Liam Neesons natural way with blunt force to fashion an absolute ge ..
After the setup, the movies scenarios alternate between routine and ridiculous.
Mark Reviews Movies
But its shortcomings make us feel like the ones whove been taken in this sequel.
Rogers Movie Nation
The biggest problem with the film is that it has been completely butchered by the studio in order to secure a 12A rating, thereby completely ignoring ..
The car chases, foot chases, and one on one fight sequences are bigger and grander.But youve seen them done in a hundred other movies and TV shows.
Taken 2 is the sequel to just plain old Taken, a 2008 action thriller starring Liam Neeson that turned out to be a monstro hit.
But the filmmakers know precisely what they are doing, and ultimately whether its a good or a bad movie is beside the point.
Even Neeson seems tired of it all.You can tell, because near the films end he sighs, I am tired of it all.
One mild disappointment is the generic action sequences, which are fast and frantic but nothing particularly special.
Review: Dont mess with Liam Neeson in Taken 2 Neeson treads familiar ground in this action tale of a family being menaced by out for blood Albanians.
If this is the best Besson and company can come up with, they should leave the Taken franchise the way they do Janssens character through much of this ..
Why an actor of Neesons ability would play this character once, let alone twice, is a mystery for the ages.
So can anything be said in the films favor.Well, lets seeits frequently pretty funny.
And dont let those details keep you from enjoying this so bad its good experience, which is funnier than most comedies.
Its a stupid movie by smart people who arent smart enough to realize its stupid.The absurdity grows like mold in the dank, dark of seriousness.
Besson and Kamen created this series but theyve farmed them out to different directors.
There is virtually no plot, just a succession of screeching chases and absurdly violent fights, some risible sleuthing and a great deal of talking on ..
A bit tamer, just as ridiculous, but the premise is looking pretty tired.
Granted, the film lacks the kicky element of surprise that made the first movie so enjoyable, but its hard to gripe too much.
(The Taken franchise is never going to win any prizes for political sensitivity.)
Four years after Foxs low budget Taken grabbed a surprise $225 million worldwide, catapulting thesp Liam Neeson to unlikely action star status, produc ..
Overkill: Liam Neeson back on the loose in Taken 2 The films big asset is Neeson.
If this is any indication, Taken 3 will be nothing but Liam Neeson running around whatever European city ponies up the biggest tax credits, growling a ..
It almost seems the actors are trying to remember, unsuccessfully, whatever happened in the first movie.
The core of the plot is based on the concept that this time it is Kim rescuing dad; the setup is taut, but the execution often looks and sounds hokey ..
Urban Cine File
So lazily put together that it relies on flashbacks from its predecessor for the majority of its character development.
Art and culture, including popular entertainment, is often where a societys doubts about itself can be most freely expressed, and from its very beginn ..
Susan Grangers review of Taken 2 (20th Century Fox) In the original thriller, Kim (Maggie Grace), the daughter of former C.I.A. operative Bryan Mills ..
Four years ago, there was novelty value in seeing an actor with Neesons gravitas turning mad action hero.
New York Post
The inevitable sequel ought to have been another guilty pleasure but arrives without the novelty factor and with the tone needlessly diluted a decisio ..
However, the stop start narrative fails to build momentum and tension and there are no stand out action scenes, although Neeson is as commendably stra ..
Its all good fun.Well, Taken 2 certainly has many moments of unintended hilarity.
So I was pleasantly surprised when I spent a relatively entertaining hour and a half.
Ultimately, the audience for this film probably wont care about missed thematic opportunities or consistent character writing, but its a disappointmen ..
Its sequel is more comfortable simply winning over Taken and Neeson fans so if you count yourself among that number, youll be satisfied.
Lyles Movie Files
But despite light teasing about our blinkered American entitlement, this movie has about as much intellectual value as a turnip.
It may not appease every fans desire for a sequel as good as the original, but it also has enough solid action thrills to not feel like a completely o ..
But an arcade game provides pretty much the same entertainment and its a lot easier on the wallet.And kinder, maybe, to your memories of Liam Neeson.
Itll have a great opening weekend, but it still seems a shame to have diluted the action flick purity of the first Taken with this cash grab.
As absurd as it is..., no one who is an action fan is likely to be disappointed. They may laugh at it, but they wont be yawning.
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Liam Neeson might be 60, but he remains defiantly tall and doesnt creak alarmingly like the pensioners in The Expendables.
Neesons soft spoken Angry Dad routine has been flattened into burlesque, giving him little to do but alternate between bumbling dork and efficient kil ..
In some of many unintentionally hilarious moments in this infinitely stupid sequel, Murad spends his downtime doing absolutely nothing.Really.
Red Eye Chicago
It shouldnt have happened, but you couldnt resist checking it out.
Neither viscerally entertaining nor emotionally stirring, Megatons sequel will pass a spare 90 minutes just fine, but will leave you with absolutely n ..
What follows seems like a nonstop car and foot chase, with Albanian after Albanian falling victim to Bryans remarkable aim and hand fighting skills.
Basically a loose, lesser remake of its predecessor, there is the cloying sense that what is being watched is extraneous and unnecessaryand really, re ..
Dustin Put Man
There wasnt really anywhere for the story to go after 2008s surprise hit Taken, and this movie quickly proves that. Not only does it have that same ap ..
Its really about Neeson as the irresistible force encountering a lot of extremely moveable objects.
Hollywood And Fine
The 2008 revenge thriller Taken now seems like a happy (if loud and violent) accident.
Ar Kansas Online
A sequel to a surprise but modest hit has no right to be this lackluster.
Everything that worked about the action packed Taken, a surprising hit and a solid genre flick, has been corrupted here by jump cuts, horrendous plott ..
With Neesons growled delivery of I will find you, and I will kill you entering the pop culture lexicon it was inevitable that this guilty pleasure wou ..
Still, the film is a third done by this point, a fatal mistake given the audiences familiarity with the premise; above all else, this unbearably lazy ..
No one dragging their dead flesh to this sequel will be expecting a psychological matrix of fiendish complexity, but there was surely an expectation t ..
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Nowhere is this laziness more apparent than when the script slips into moments of pure hole ridden plot lunacy.
The Shiz Nit
It was an entertaining and occasionally inventive action flick that was unrelenting in its violence, and extremely forgiving of its stars American acc ..
Its one series of dumb and overly convenient action scenes after another for the better part of the movie.
In essence, its just a soft weekend action flick with a cathartic revenge plot.
Fat Guys At The Movies
At least it lacks the laziness of the first films setup, and Mills remains, just about, a sympathetic protagonist this time around.
Fan The Fire Magazine
Somehow inexplicably, four years ago Liam Neeson became an action hero.
Overall, though, Olivier Megatons flabby direction fails to match the muscular vigour of the first film (directed by Pierre Morel) and the script is s ..
This latest installment in the Liam Neeson Punching Things franchise...it is talkier, feels longer, is shakier and just feels less satisfying.
Films like this dont need a lot of logic to survive but credibility goes out the window a few minutes after it starts and never returns.
Audiences demand that filmmakers repeat exactly what made the first movie so popular.
Honey Cutts Hollywood
The original had its flaws but the effect and terror of the kidnapping and the sadistic pleasure of watching Neesons Mills seemingly inconsequential p ..
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One does not simply glance away from Taken 2.One should also not simply go to the theater and pay 13 bucks but should instead simply wait for it on DV ..
Good action. Neeson rocks as the death dealing American ex spy. What else do you need Maybe Taken 3 isnt such a bad idea.
If your family insists on getting kidnapped whenever they go overseas, youre going to need a particular set of skills.
Given that its all over in 90 minutes, its not a bad way to spend a lazy afternoon.
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This felt like watching the US blow the Ryder Cup. Everything that could go wrong did, anytime there was a chance to make a play it failed, and the pa ..
The script is below par and unoriginal, whilst a series of small yet infuriating, implausible inconsistencies clog up this picture.For starters, you c ..
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Taken 2 has the unfortunate bad timing of choosing for its action movie explosion playground a country currently experiencing some serious real world ..
Mostly, Taken 2 is a violent but not too bloody popcorn movie, unambitious but well made and moderately entertaining.
No, but it is kinda entertaining and a much better movie than Taken was.
I came up with some alternatives: Taken 2: Mrs.Taken.Taken 2: Take Harder.
Blogs Houston Press
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Between the clumsy direction, the far fetched, formulaic plotting and the clunky dialogue, this follow up proves as silly as the first film was propul ..
Its a lazy premise for a simple sequel, and the whole affair feels phoned in.
Everything in Taken 2 is delivered with such strident seriousness that it makes the goofy parts even funnier.
The aversion to violent detail makes it appear as though Mills is applying light chiropractic manipulation rather than giving someone an involuntary d ..
They may be good husbands, good fathers, maybe even good actors.But they have made a movie so bad, so utterly devoid of suspense but so full of uninte ..
This is a wildly absurd piece of cinema so completely over the top and preposterous that it does manage to induce a bit of unintentional humor.
Bowling Green Daily News
Prolonged and strained, Taken 2 is a sketchy and by the numbers espionage thriller that attempts to take on some absurdist intensity in this clunky ki ..
First of all if you havent seen Taken, the first one, drop what youre doing and rent it its the best action movie since Die Hard.
This film, lazy and mismanaged as it is, just feels like the only thing thats going to get taken unjustly is your money.
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