Film Review: Taken 2

July 2, 2013 2:15 pm

Liam Neeson returns as Bryan Mills, in a sequel to the smash hit Taken. When his wife is kidnapped it is up to Neeson to once again save the day! With the help of his daughter (Maggie Grace) he runs around Istanbul looking for her in this action packed thriller of a film.

In all honestly I wasn’t expecting this film to be good, actually I was expecting it to be terrible. I failed to think how they could possibly make a sequel without it being outrageously unrealistic! I am happy to say it turns out I was wrong! The plot was surprisingly believable. This alone impressed me. Megaton also showed us that Bryan Mill’s isn’t a superhero like figure. He brought the character somewhat down to earth, Megaton did what Morel didn’t do. He wasn’t afraid to show Neeson getting the shit beat out of him! Which I think was a very bold move considering that his character had convinced the world he was untouchable, and this really brought him back to reality.

The film stars Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace and Famke Janssen. As always Neeson was outstanding and really showed his off his acting in this film. At parts he made us believe he was just a father that loved his daughter, but then he would flip this idea of him on it’s head! We would then see Mills as a cold hearted killer. His daughter Kim is played by Maggie Grace and she also shines in this film, her acting is great for most of the film. There was some parts where she went a little over-the-top. But overall her performance was brilliant. To be completely honest the whole cast was great! Even at the most unrealistic situations, someway or another they made them seem almost plausible at times.

The action in this film is fantastic, they don’t rush fight scenes. I like how you actually get to see the whole fight even with thugs who aren’t even the main villain’s, instead of one punch and the thug somehow dies. Most action films don’t really show you the hero really taking a beating!

What I didn’t like was the quick fixes in the film, and how sometimes they made no sense at all. It was like the scriptwriters just threw a scene in the script and released it didn’t work, couldn’t be bothered to take it out so they just added a quick fix. An example of this is the American embassy scene, Neeson and his daughter turn up to the embassy smashing through the gates and getting shot at by every soldier there. Now you would expect there would be some repercussions there, wouldn’t you? But one phone call apparently let Neeson walk free back into Istanbul. I also didn’t like how fast some of the scenes went, the whole film seemed rushed until the ending. Which I also didn’t like. I thought it was boring. I loved the action sequences building up to it, but I wasn’t expecting any surprises. Like Bryan Mill’s getting shot or his wife dying. I knew exactly what was going to happen and how it was going to happen which to me was very disappointing. I wanted to be on the edge of my seat. But sadly I wasn’t!

Taken 2 is on DVD now.

Overall I thought this film was goodish. I didn’t love it but I didn’t hate it. But I can definitely say I was pleasantly surprised! I am going to give this film a 5/10. It wasn’t amazing but I did like it and I’d recommend it to you, if you wan’t to watch something with a lot of action in or if you like Liam Neeson!

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