Friday Flick: Taken 2

Official Description: Liam Neeson returns as Bryan Mills, the ex-CIA operative who stopped at nothing to rescue his daughter from sadistic kidnappers. When the father of one of the kidnappers swears revenge, it is Bryan and his wife who find themselves “taken” hostage in Istanbul. To survive, Bryan must enlist the help of an unlikely ally and use his brutally efficient skills to take out his heavily-armed foes one by one. .

Unofficial Description: Liam Neeson is back, and this time, it’s personal! Yeah, last time it was personal, but this time – it’s really, really personal. Like, so personal they probably shouldn’t even be filming it.

Ew. Just went to a weird place in my head.

*Hollywood* “Look, Taken was a hit, we need a sequel.”

“Okay, but how do we do a sequel to Taken? I mean, the original premise was, uh, original. And a decent flick.”

“What if we kidnap Liam Neeson AND his family AND make him escape AND do it somewhere overseas? Again?”

“That’s gold, Jerry! Gold!”

“Thanks. And would you please stop calling me ‘Jerry’? That’s not my name.”

Taken 2 is entertaining for what it is – an action flick. The writers try to bring back the emotion of Neeson’s character as the estranged father who just wants to be part of his daughters life, but it doesn’t quite have the same punch now. His daughter, having gone through the hell of the first flick (which pointed a GIGANTIC FUCKING SPOTLIGHT on human trafficking), seems just disinterested in spending time with him, but it feels like it’s there because the plot needs it to be there.

Poor Famke Janssen seems to be phoning it in these days. She probably did this one on a coffee break from The Wolverine. Also, after the hell this family went through in the last movie, you’d think they would all go through a shit ton of self defense classes. I mean, there’s a point in this flick where Neeson’s character asks his daughter if she can shoot. Maggie Grace answers, “No.” Seriously? After being kidnapped, drugged, dragged across the world and put up for auction, you didn’t think, “Hey, maybe I should get some training in martial arts and guns?”

Hell, -I- thought about it after the first movie and it wasn’t even about me!

Worth your time. I caught it on cable. Choice to rent/pay for it (above and beyond your cable subscription) is up to you.