Movie Review: Taken 2

The sequel to Liam Neeson’s highly successful movie Taken hits theatres released today. Taken 2 is just as action packed and thrilling as the first, but don’t expect any shocking twists or turns. I kind of felt like I was watching the original all over again.

While on a family vacation, relatives of the men Bryan (Neeson) killed in the first film are seeking revenge on him and his family. They inevitably end up kidnapping Bryan and his ex-wife, leaving only their daughter Kim (Maggie Grace) to set them free and allow bad-ass Bryan to “do what he does best.”

There are some really cool and intense car chases in this film with some top notch explosions and stunts. Unfortunately that wasn’t enough to distract me from the fact that the better part of the film seems too much like the first, with the same women needing rescuing again. Like, how much bad luck can your family have… honestly?

The ending was also extremely cheesy and wildly unnecessary. If you end up hitting the theaters to check it out, you’ll know what I mean. Just when you think the movie should be over, it’s not.

Liam Neeson and Maggie Grace both do fantastic jobs in the film, just as in the first. I found Bryan’s ex-wife Lenore (Famke Janssen) to be way too whiny and helpless and all around useless. I probably would have just left her behind.

Anyways, if you were a fan of the first Taken film, you’ll definitely enjoy this one. Having said that, don’t go in expecting something totally revolutionary and different than the first. You’ll be sorely disappointed.

Movie Rating: 2.5/5 stars