I know, Taken 2 is not a new movie.
However, I just watched the DVD. I had heard this movie got mediocre and bad reviews, but I was still curious.
I would give it 2 ½ stars out of 5
Because they could have done so much more with it. Most of the movie felt anticlimactic.
Bad guys want revenge on Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) for killing their relatives/comrades. The enemy ‘takes’ Bryan and his ex-wife Lenore (Famke Janssen) and attempts to also capture their daughter, Kim (Maggie Grace). However, Kim avoids capture.
Bryan calls Kim from an emergency mini-phone and tells her what to do including tossing bombs. Then, when Bryan is freed he ‘rescues’ his daughter again when she whimpers when a man pulls a gun on her.
Here are my issues with the movie:
- In the first movie, Taken, Kim is 17 years old. However, in Taken 2 she is taking a driving test (even though she failed it twice before). Did she have to wait until she was 18 to get her license?
- When Kim avoids capture and her dad gives her instructions, I was hoping for more. For example, I would think her character (after what she went through in the first movie) would have asked her dad to train her to protect herself, not just give her run of the mill ‘driving lessons’.
- Bryan being in intelligence should know/suspect that he might be targeted for attacks/ retaliation and that might spill over to his family.
- Bryan and Famke were too easily taken.
I was really hoping Kim would grow into a stronger character. At first, when her dad is taken, there are snippets that she might be, but it is not manifested enough that I think could have made the movie better.
For me, it wasn’t glued to the screen action, but rather multi-task while I watched it.
I hope the next film in this series is done as well or even better than the first Taken.
Next film? You ask. Yes, filming of Taken 3 is happening now. Scheduled release of Taken 3 is January 9, 2015
Andrea R. Cooper writes fantasy, paranormal, historical and contemporary romance.
Her favorite childhood memories revolved around creating vibrant characters for her friends, and then acting out their adventures. Inside her fantasy worlds of darkened forests, dragon-filled glades, and iced islands, nothing was banned. From the ethereal Elvin to the most maligned Vampires, all were welcome in her fictional realities, a stark contrast to her home, where the magical and mythical was forbidden.
Divorced and disillusioned of love and believing all the love songs and books exaggerated, she put aside her creativity for life. Many years past before characters, from the familiar to the freshly conceived, came to her again, but this time teasing at a new passion, the written word.
Gradually, her real life hero brought love and magic back into existence. During the time when her characters were getting reacquainted, the love of her life was showing her that true love never gives up and rekindles no matter how many times others attempt to extinguish it. Today, she is happily married with three children.
Andrea believes in the power of change and delighting in each moment. But most fervently, she believes in the magic of love and imagination again.