Liam Neeson returns to the box office along with his “very particular set of skills” in Taken 2, the sequel to Taken, an action thriller released in 2008.
This time the Armenian gang involved in human trafficking is out to take revenge on Bryan Mills (Neeson), who killed quite a few members of their gang while saving his daughter, Kim who had been kidnapped in Taken. In their attempt to do so, they abduct Bryn and his ex-wife, Lenore while the family is on vacation in Istanbul. Strangely enough, it is their ever panicky daughter Kim who plays a huge role in saving them.
In terms of the plot, it is very much similar to the first movie. The chases and the fights do get a bit stretched out, especially since there is no climax that will leave you mind blown. Certain scenes will leave you confused, like the one where the bad guys patiently wait for Mills to call his daughter right in front of them to inform her that he and Lenore were being taken (since it would obviously be bad manners to interrupt, right?) and giving her directions to save herself.
Taken 2 is a bit of a let-down in the sense that it is not as sharp and thrilling as its predecessor. But then again, there are definitely some scenes that will leave you thinking, “Wow, that was smart!” and it is always a pleasure watching Liam Neeson killing off the villains in a number of different ways.
Though the movie has largely received critical reviews, it did exceedingly well with fans at the box office with an opening weekend of $50 million. Taken 2, is by no means a bad movie, and though it is not as good as the first part, it stills makes for an enjoyable watch.