Opening in theatres this Friday from director Olivier Megaton, writer Luc Besson, Canal+ and 20th Century Fox is the next chapter as they come after the wrong family in TAKEN 2.
The film continues the story of Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson), doing a job in Istanbul he invites daughter Kim (Maggie Grace) and ex-wife Lenore (Famke Janssen) to join him. They are not in the city long before Bryan notices that he and Lenore are being followed.
He calls Kim who is back at the hotel to announce that they are going to be taken. Instead of falling apart, Kim wants to help. None of them know who is doing the kidnapping but it is clear it will not stop until Murad Krasniqi (Rade Serbedzija) has them as revenge for the death of his son.
In the streets of Istanbul the chase is on to save his family!
FINAL WORD: Neeson has proven to be the unexpected surprise action hero and with TAKEN 2 he wrapped it up nicely. There is something about his voice as character Bryan Mills that you take very seriously. It’s all laid out, he doesn’t mince words and when it comes to his family he sees all threats through to the end. Neeson the actor continues to captivate audiences and I personally can’t wait to see what he does next.
Grace as Kim shows her chops in this film. Its nice to see the character put the big girl panties on and help instead of hinder as the character so easily could have. Getting to do a little of the action herself adds something extra to her resume.
Janssen as Lenore is the irritating wife who realizes she could be with her cool ex-husband instead of living the boring rich life. Do I sound a tad nasty? Perhaps, get over it because we all know she was up to no good from the get go– admit it, admit it!
Serbedzija as the bad guy Krasniqi is perfect. He embraces the role of a father out for revenge and had his own gang to help accomplish it. An audience member sitting behind me was having a conversation with a friend when I overheard, “that Albanian doesn’t stand a chance – did he see TAKEN?” That made a few of us laugh.
Other cast include: Jon Gries as Casey, D.B. Sweeney as Bernie, Luke Grimes as Jamie, Kevork Malikyan as Inspector Durmazand, Alain Figlarz as Suko, Ali Yildirim as Imam, Ergun Kuyucu as Mirko and Leland Orser as Sam.
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give TAKEN 2 three tubs of popcorn out of five. Neeson has proven once again that he is perfectly cable of not only kicking ass and taking a little beating himself while rising to the occasion. Just having him return to this role was enough to fill the theatre and applause to break out as the film began.
Although the film is left open ended again, I am hoping that director writer Besson and director Megaton listened to the character of Bryan Mills when he says, “I’m tired”. Pay attention to this and leave the idea of TAKEN and TAKEN 2 in the hands of those who will add both of these films to their DVD action collection – and with pride.
The good news is that the film goes right into the story, slams into the action and comes full circle pretty cleanly. There wasn’t any lag in the story or in the action, which everyone really liked.
In the end – he is going to do what he does best!