|Reviewed on 2012-10-05|
|Received|| out of 4 stars|
|Genre||Action / Drama|
| “Taken 2” picks up from where the 2008 original took place. This time CIA operative Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) is in Istanbul for a security job when his ex-wife Lenore (Famke Janssen) and daughter Kim (Maggie Grace) join him. Knowing Kim and Lenore are having a rough time adjusting and moving past the incident in Europe Bryan thinks this will be the perfect getaway for the two to relax and rejuvenate.
Things are not going to be very relaxing when Bryan realizes he is a target. The father of one of the men he killed when rescuing his daughter in Europe has sought revenge for his death. He quickly realizes his life and Lenore's are in peril and calls his daughter to warn her and hopefully get help. His quick thinking again saves Kim from danger. Only problem is his and Lenore's safety will depend on Kim's ability to find them.
Following her father's complicated directions and thinking like an agent Kim will do what she can to locate them and rescue her parents. Bryan will use his operative skills to quickly train his daughter and escape alive. “Taken 2” is a sad attempt that never tries to impress. From the start it disappoints. Unlike the time period between it's predecessor and sequel it has not been four years. Only a short period of time has passed and I know that if I left the country and was taken the last thing that would be relaxing would be leaving the country again.
The action scenes were few and far between. In “Taken 2” the action seems to rely solely on car chases and a few scarce fist fights. Liam Neeson (Bryan) seemed to have lost his bad ass touch. Another dreadful decision was overusing Maggie Grace (Kim). This actress has not improved much since the original and giving her more screen time in this film was a bad choice. “Taken” was an exciting thrill, however “Taken 2” is one I could have skipped on. Save yourself some time and wait for this one on DVD.