Newest Review: ... scenes in this film are actually quite brutal and not the nicest to see so I definitely think that the 15 DVD rating for this film is ... more
Taken Take 2
Taken 2 (DVD)
Member Name: lyndsey1989
Taken 2 (DVD)
Advantages: Plot, cast, characters, a strong follow up
Disadvantages: Does take a little bit of time to get going, not as good as the first
Bryan Mills is an ex CIA agent. He is living in America and is carrying on with everyday life. Thankfully his life is much less exciting than it used to be, especially when his only child Kim was kidnapped a few years ago. Bryan is currently teaching Kim to drive and he is very proud of her, wanting her to be the best she can. Therefore, when he turns up as arranged for their driving lesson one Saturday afternoon he is upset when his ex wife, Lenore tells him that Kim is not there and that her piano lesson has been rescheduled. Being an ex CIA agent, Bryan can tell when someone is lying and eventually he gets Lenore to tell him where Kim really is - with her boyfriend. Bryan is less than impressed but then realises Lenore has something else on her mind. He learns that she has split up with her partner and she is upset because he had been taking her and Kim away. Bryan offers for them to join him on his next business trip to Istanbul.
After Bryan arrives in Istanbul and completes his business there is no sign of Kim and Lenore so he assumes they have decided against the trip. However, they surprise him and he is overjoyed that they came. He is looking forward to spending some time as a family and he is eager to show them the culture of Istanbul. However, Kim of course has other ideas about the trip - hoping to reconcile her parents. Therefore, when the three arrange to have lunch out together, Kim decides to feign jet lag and stays at the hotel.
Being an ex CIA agent is never an easy job and it can be argued that in fact, you never leave the job. Bryan is aware they are being followed and he thinks he knows who by - the family of a man he had to kill on the job a few years previously. Will they catch him and what will happen to Lenore?
I had extremely high expectations of the film because I had loved the first one in the series and I had also waited a long time to watch this one. My friend hadn't actually seen the first one (I know, shocking) but I think he was swayed into wanting to see this by my enthusiasm!
I thought that the film got off to a very good start and I did feel that it was a film that although a sequel to another film, it could easily be watched as a standalone film as the plot, although continuing on from the previous film is focused around something new and different and pieces of essential information are given which helps anyone who hasn't seen the first one to understand the storyline a bit better.
I like the character of Bryan and he displays a lot of tendencies Dads do - just a little more extreme! He is very protective of Kim and of course, to her this can be overbearing and irrational but of course it must be remembered that a couple of years prior to this she was kidnapped and he was battling to save her. Therefore, I think he has reason to be a little overprotective! I liked the relationship Bryan still held with Lenore. Even though they had divorced a long time ago they had remained friends and this wasn't just for Kims sake as you could see that they really did care for one another.
Of course, with a film like this you have a fair idea about what the plotline will be but I didn't find this taking away any of the entertainment value of the film and instead I found myself hooked and eager to find out exactly what was going to happen.
I liked the setting of Istanbul. I thought that the general environment really aided the film in its plot and all of the small narrow streets and busy markets really assisted the action scenes as it meant people were less easy to spot and there were more places to hide etc. Of course, the rivals of Bryan are from Istanbul so they knew the place well whereas it was a bit more difficult for Bryan, however his CIA training proved invaluable.
I thought the plot was gripping and the film flowed at a good pace. Initially I was a little sceptical about how long it was taking for the action to begin but there is actually quite a lot of information revealed in the first half an hour or so which is essential for this as a sequel film. The two films had a 4 year gap between their releases so I did think this was important even as someone who has watched the film a few times on tv etc. This was of course also very useful for anyone who hadn't seen the first film. Once the action begins the film is very fast paced and everything moves very quickly. I think this assists in the excitement of the film and it is very easy to become hooked to the film and caught up in what is going on. The film progressed well and there was always plenty to focus on and to think about. Although initially I was quite sure I knew what the ending of the film would be I have to say that there were a few points during the film that I really was unsure about what might happen.
The acting in the film is of a first class standard. I have become a big fan of Liam Neeson's work after seeing him in Taken and this sequel shows his talents brilliantly. Maggie Grace as Kim is wonderful and she does a brilliant job of showing how Kim has grown up a little since the previous film and also how she has picked up some of her fathers traits along the way. Famke Janssen is also very good as Lenore.
The film was released in 2012.
It is a sequel to the 2008 film, Taken.
It was directed by Olivier Megaton.
It is rated a 15.
It runs for 92 minutes.
It stars Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen and Maggie Grace.
A very good follow up to the popular film of 2008. An interesting film that is fast paced and action packed but for me personally, its not quite as good as the first film in the series. Well worth a watch.
Summary: A film well worth a watch