In Istanbul, retired CIA operative Bryan Mills and his wife are taken hostage by the father of a kidnapper Mills killed while rescuing his daughter.
This seqal was a prime example of film companys trying to make more money by making a second film. The plot in it's self lacked much of the shock and suspense in which the first film managed to grasp so well.
Secondly the rating of this film is a 12A which is another good example of the film company trying to make the big bucks! (as more people see 12's than higher ratings). This in it's self however would have not been a problem if it did not impacton the vieing experiance.This was not the case.In every fight scene my eyes were exposed to a series of mind aching flashes of the camera to avoid blood, furthermore in the scene when the mother is cut and hung upside down they cut away so fast that I didn't even know that they had cut her!
Finnaly the film in it's self was very poor and dragged on almost to the point of leaving near the end. However I do recomend that you see this film jst to make your own judgement on it.
A great looking cast cannot save this action flick from resonating as one of the top "bombs" of the year; nonsensical, implausible, laughably ridiculous. Liam Nesson, ageing nicely, is again recreating the role of "Bryan Mills" an ex-CIA operative; "Taken" revolved around the kidnapping of his daughter "Kim" (Maggie Grace) by an Albanian sex trafficking cabal; titillating, spine-tingling scenario made this a fun, fascinating movie experience.
"Taken 2" had a difficult time deciding on who was to be "taken"; Mills? Ex-wife, "Lenore" (Famke Jansson)? Kim? Actually after twenty minutes, it hardly mattered. It is spring break and mother/daughter surprise Mills in Istanbul, Turkey; they are being stalked by the father and his fraternity killers, seeking revenge for the death of sons/brothers killed by Mills in "Taken".
The film careens from the Houdini escapisms of Mills to the profound transformation of "Kim" from co-ed to trained demolition expert; ultimate credulity test was Kim, lacking a drivers license, racing with the temerity of Mario Andretti through the tumultuous streets and bazaars of Istanbul; if this was intended as irony, it flopped miserably.
In this tumbling cacophony and mayhem the one source of interest and credibility was the grieving, vindictive Albania father "Murad" (great depiction by Rabe Serdedzija); with a countenance terrifying the gods; his hatred, like a cloak of armor, defines his every gesture; the screen dulls with his absence.
"Taken 2" will keep you awake, leaving, knowing the Mills family will perpetually question choosing Istanbul for spring vacation.
1 & 1/2 STARS!!