Film News: Taken II

When will the bad guys just learn to leave Liam Neeson and his family alone? I mean really, this guy is a one man wrecking crew, and giving him a reason to be pissed is just a bad idea.

Well, some people are stubborn and underestimate the man’s sheer bad-assedness, so we have a sequel to the 2010 hit, Taken, titled as, well, Taken 2.

In Taken II, Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson), his ex-wife (Famke Janssen) and his daughter (Maggie Grace) go to Istanbul, Turkey for what appears to be little more than R&R. However, unbeknownst to them, Bryan has a bounty on his head, placed by a vengeful father of one of the men who perished in Mills’ initial slaughter in the first movie. When the family comes to Turkey, Mills watches as his wife is kidnapped, and warns Kim to get the hell out of dodge.

Once he hangs up the phone, the ass kicking begins. In what few clips of combat we see, it is clear that Mills has not gotten rusty when it comes to kicking ass and taking names. Even from what we see of Kim, it appears that daddy may have given her a few lessons in how not to get caught, as we see her leaping from building to building. Well either that, or she simply doesn’t want to be a hooker again.

Critics expressed concern over how a successful sequel could be framed for the first film, which was a huge success. Well, I am impressed by the potential that this sequel’s story holds. While there is still the element of kidnapping, the story has switched Mills from being on the offensive of finding his daughter, to the defensive of evading and taking down his hunters. All the while, he is still painfully aware that his wife is being held captive and his daughter is also being hunted.

While with the first film, Mills incentive to rescue Kim was natural, as a father would wish to defend his daughter, yet in this movie I wonder what is encouraging him to rescue Lenore. Is it rekindled love? Love for Kim? Or perhaps there is something more to this story? Well either way, this is definitely a film that I plan to watch, and I can’t wait to see if it out does it’s predecessor.

Taken 2 is scheduled to come out on October 9th of this year, avoiding the potential of being buried under Summer Blockbusters. I will be sure to keep you guys posted on this.


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