Taken 2 starring Liam Neeson is back as former agent Bryan Mills. A retired government agent who is doing the best he can to reassemble his old life. He is also hopeful that he can reconnect with his teenage daughter and try to create a bond despite of the years overseas due to his line of work. After one year and the events in Paris, Bryan Mills gets an unexpected surprise visit from his daughter Kim (played by Maggie Grace) and his ex-wife Lenore (played by Famke Janssen). This beautiful reunion turns into chaos when Lenore is taken by people who are working for Murad Hoxha (played by Rade Šerbedžija), the father of Marko Hoxha whom Bryan killed in the first film. Bryan Mills must now use all his skills in the past to ensure that his wife and daughter stay alive. Taken 2 will be shown in theatres on October 5th 2012, let’s take a look at an early review for this upcoming action/adventure movie:
“Taken 2: Turning Up The Hit A Second Time Around
DEAUVILLE — A sequel to the 2008 action thriller Taken was probably inevitable, given that movie’s astonishing success worldwide — a take of $225 million for an outlay of barely one-tenth that amount. The makers of Taken 2 have stuck as close as possible to the original formula: the same actors, the same high-octane mixture of violence and pursuit, the same assertion of family values. The location has shifted from Paris to Istanbul, but otherwise Taken 2 could virtually pass for a remake. With more funds to lavish on production values and this time the advantage of a precedent, there’s every prospect of similar causes leading to similar effects at the box-office.
Liam Neeson reprises his role as the retired CIA operative and concerned parent Bryan Mills while Maggie Grace and Famke Janssen re-enlist as his daughter Kim and ex-wife Lenore respectively. The story hinges on revenge rather than rescue. Writers Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen (who also scripted Taken) reference the earlier movie in an opening hill-top burial scene where Albanian clan chief Murad Krasniqi (Rade Sherbedgia) vows to avenge Mills’ killing of his son, the head of a human trafficking ring who had had the bad idea of making off with Kim. His plans are given a boost when Mills — ill-advisedly, as it soon proves — invites Kim and Lenore to spend some holiday time with him in Istanbul where his private security firm has just completed a deal with a wealthy sheikh. One car-chase later, and it’s Mills’ and Lenore’s turn to be “taken,” while Kim only narrowly avoids a similar fate.
From here on in it’s played strictly by the numbers. The infinitely resourceful Mills, who has secreted a micro cellphone about his person, manages to contact Kim and teleguide her actions, organising their escape by remote control. Practicing Houdini-like skills, he is able to break free of his bonds and save Lenore before she bleeds to death.”
You can read the rest of the review at Hollywood Reporter
Taken 2 is directed by Olivier Megaton and stars Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen and Maggie Grace.
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