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Now on Digital HD. Liam Neeson returns as Bryan Mills, the ex-CIA operative who stopped at nothing to rescue his daughter from sadistic kidnappers. When the father of one of the kidnappers swears revenge, it is Bryan and his wife who find themselves “taken” hostage in Istanbul. To survive, Bryan must enlist the help of an unlikely ally and use his brutally efficient skills to take out his heavily-armed foes one by one.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 162
- Fresh: 34
- Rotten: 128
- Average Rating: 4.2/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: Seems like a nonstop car and foot chase, with Albanian after Albanian falling victim to Bryan's remarkable aim and hand-fighting skills.
Rotten: A meta-American movie, a Godardian spoof of the whole genre, an attempt to see how stupid and insulting a motion picture can be and still be a big hit.
Rotten: "Taken 2" is nearly all nonsense, with villains so inept and slow-moving that there's little satisfaction in watching Mills take them out.
Rotten: There doesn't seem to be a whole lot at stake in a movie where you can crash your way through the armed barricades at the American embassy with a stolen taxicab and survive without a scratch.
A FUN, MINDLESS SEQUEL FOR FANS OF THE ORIGINAL
In a lot of ways, it's pretty easy to compare "Taken" to "The Hangover". They're both entertaining films that did surprisingly well at the box office, and as a result, became instant franchises. Unfortunately in both cases, the sequels pale in comparison to their predecessors. But that's definitely not to say this flick isn't worth enjoying on its own merits. "Taken 2" once again follows the exciting story of Bryan Mills, the retired CIA operative who, with his "particular set of skills", stopped at nothing to rescue his daughter Kim (Maggie Grace) from sadistic European slave traders. When the father of one of the villains Bryan killed swears revenge, and takes Bryan and his wife (Famke Janssen) hostage in Istanbul, Bryan reluctantly enlists Kim to help them escape. He then employs his unique tactics to get his family to safety and systematically take out the kidnappers one by one. As you can probably tell from that synopsis, this is basically the same formulaic premise as the original flick, only this time, there's a new victim in peril (Bryan's wife). As a result, the surprises are few and far between, and the writing is much lazier and more predictable than before. Nevertheless, this sequel ended up being a lot better than I thought it would be. The action scenes are nicely paced and consistently thrilling, the dialogue is hilariously bad, and the backdrop of Istanbul makes for an interesting setting. Not to mention Liam Neeson kicks a ton of butt. In the end, "Taken 2" is really nothing more than a fun, mindless guilty pleasure to watch with a couple of friends on a rainy day. It's definitely not as terrible as the critics make it out to be on Rotten Tomatoes, but at the same time, the movie can't help but feel like the rehash that it is. But for those of you who just wanna watch an over-the-top action-thriller that essentially requires very little brain activity, this solidly entertaining sequel is worth a one-time rent.
AN UNNECESSARY THRILL RIDE
We all didn't ask for another taken. But, this is a pretty decent movie. Being a Liam Neeson fan, I was excited for this movie. It was action packed, had an ok story, and a great cast. Kept me at the edge of my seat and entertained. If you're looking for a popcorn muncher thrill ride this is the way to go. I will be purchasing this.
Quite simply one of the worst sequels to ever be made. I just about fell asleep. Not worth the time or money. The things that made Taken exhilarating and compelling have been lost with this contrived and mundane story line.