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Taken 2- review

"Taken 2" (2012)
Directed by Olivier Megaton
Starring Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace
Running Time 91 Minutes, Rated PG-13
1 Mitch out of 5
Mitch Hansch/movieswithmitch.com

Worst film of the year.... So far.

Short sentence’s right?!  90% percent of Taken 2’s script is mind numbingly like this.  Stupid.

2008’s “Taken” was a surprise hit, so I can’t fault the studio for demanding another because thats how it works, but I will fault director Olivier Megaton (who had his last name changed to the bomb that fell on Hiroshima) and company for the absolute sequel turd that is “Taken 2”.   This film will make money as well, lots of it. If the 60 plus year old Liam Neeson decides to do a third Taken, then he’ll earn another big payday, but if he wants a bit more respect from me, then he’ll quit while he’s ahead.  

I’d take the money as well.

“Taken 2” is so lifeless, so unimaginative, so preposterous, that it reminds you of the 80’s no brains/all explosives sequel that the Expendables franchise now ironically emulates.  Taken 2 isn’t fun in the ironic way, it’s dumb in all the wrong ways: close ups on bullet shells, close ups on defenseless females crying, and close ups on fighting sequences that should give out a warning to epileptics.  

Liam Neeson returns as Bryan with his very special set of skills.  Hired for a security gig in Istanbul, Bryan invites his previously rescued daughter Kim (Maggie Grace) and newly single ex-wife Lenore (Famke Janssen) for a family vacation.  So let me get this straight, you’re gonna invite the people you love most to the place that’s only a hop, skip, and a jump away from Albania and the thugs who put his daughter into sex slavery?  O.k. just wondering. Weirdly enough that choice doesn’t work out for the three as the family members of the slain sex traders vow revenge against Bryan and his fam.  

Those Albanians, led by Murad Krasniqi, played by Rade Serbedzija who has made a career out of playing foreign despicables, act as if this Bryan came out of nowhere and for no reason murdered his people.  First thought I had was “hey, your people did very bad things and tried to sell his daughter, Kim, as a sex slave” so I appreciated the fact that Bryan points this out to Murad to which he replies, “I don’t care what my son did”.  Luc Besson, who directed the first “Taken” and wrote this one, has lots of great character development dialogue like that, among other magnificent lines such as “I shot that guy”.  

In the big car chase scene Bryan and Kim go back and forth with some back and forth chatter that’s less intelligent then words put together in my nieces alphabet soup.  Less entertaining than that are the choppy edited action scenes that push the boundaries of boring.  I’d like to nominate “Taken 2” for having some of the worst thought out villains to suck up the screen.   

“Taken 2” has a very specific set of skills, skills that include taking your money for inadequate services rendered.   

“This” has a very specific set of skills, skills that include taking your money for inadequate services rendered.      

Exodus 21:16

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