Taken 2 didn’t surprise me at all. You can probably guess what happens by the end. If you watched the trailer, that pretty much sums up the film. After rescuing his kidnapped daughter Kim from Albanian human traffickers in the first film, Bryan Mills and his ex-wife Lenore get taken as part of a plot for revenge. I guess human traffickers don’t appreciate it when their lives are being ruined.
It almost seems like The Hangover Part II, which had essentially the same structure as The Hangover 1. While Taken 2 isn’t entirely a remake of the first, it seems that way at times. The plot is almost the same. People get kidnapped; action hero blows things up in an awesome, yet absurd fashion. Liam Neeson as Bryan Mills made the first movie such a cult classic, and while Neeson’s character does want you want and expect in this movie, it just doesn’t have the same impact. In fact, the most memorable scenes in Taken 2 are the absurd ones.
Spoiler warning – skip the following paragraph to avoid a plot detail.
So there’s a scene where Kim crashes a taxi with Bryan in the passenger seat into the US Embassy because he told her too. Instead of just going through and stopping, he insists she drives right through the guards heavily armed who try to shoot them down. They crash. Bryan phones his friend and asks him to call off the embassy guards. Then Bryan leaves Kim behind and goes back for Lenore. Wow, that was an easy fix – he just leaves the embassy no questions asked. It’s like in Grand Theft Auto, when during a mission you can have a high wanted rating with police trying to kill you, but the moment you pass the mission, they act like you don’t exist and stop firing at you. This is the most absurd part of the film and it drove me insane.
Spoilers end here.
I remember seeing the trailer and thinking that his family being targeted and kidnapped again was too absurd to be believable. I was right. In saying that, this is not a terrible film. The action was mostly great and the acting was fairly solid. I liked the moments between the Mills family, even though the ending felt a bit too perfect. Fans of the original won’t have any regrets seeing this, even though I’m sure they will prefer the first. If you haven’t seen the first one, then the plot is still quite easy to follow, and I think you’ll get a kick out of it, and then enjoy the first even more.
Taken 2 is an enjoyable affair. It’s not as good as the first movie, and has a number of flaws preventing it from being very memorable, but still has the potential to keep you on the edge of your seat.