Title: Taken 2 (2012)
BD-50 Dual-Layer Disc / 2 Disc Set
Video: 1080p / AVC
Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, and Mandarin
Run time: 98 minutes
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Region Coding: Region A Locked
Liam Neeson as Bryan Mills
Maggie Grace as Kim
Famke Janssen as Lenore
Leland Orser as Sam
Jon Gries as Casey
D.B. Sweeney as Bernie
Luke Grimes as Jamie
Rade Serbedzija as Murad Krasniqi
Directed by Olivier Megaton
Megaton is not a well known director, but he does have a knack for making decent mindless action/thrillers. Taken 2 is certainly no exception to this and it loses quite a bit of the allure found in the first installment of the franchise. However, I still feel that is a welcome addition to the franchise and I'd really like to see Neeson take on a third in the series.
Set not long after the events in Taken the film opens with Bryan, Kim, and Lenore maintaining a distant relationship, but the three after definitely closer than the last time we saw them. After a falling out with Stu Lenore and Kim decide to take a trip to Istanbul to meet up with Bryan after he has finished a routine protection job.
What Bryan doesn't know is that the father of one of the men he previously killed is planning to abduct the three and seek revenge for the death of his son and other Albanian friends. What begins as a normal vacation soon turns into a race for life as Bryan does what he does best to save his family.
As with the first film time is against Bryan and will have to stop the men once and for all if his family is ever to find peace. Due to violence and profanity the unrated version is not suitable for children of any age. However, it should be noted that the theatrical edition is rated PG-13.
As I have come to expect with new releases Taken 2 delivers on all fronts. Colors are well saturated without any noticeable bleeding or muting. Grain is moderate and remains so for most of the film as there are some darker scenes where it borders on becoming noise. There are also a few softer shots here and there, but nothing terribly obtrusive. Fine detail is perfect as textures, hairs, and pores are all clearly visible. Yeah, it has a couple minor flaws, but the transfer is still well done in my book.
Taken 2 explodes onto Blu-ray with a rather pleasing DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track. Dialogue is well prioritized in the majority, but it is slightly difficult to hear Neeson's voice at times. Channel separation is handled well and the surrounds are used extremely well for various effects and the film's score without having any overbearing qualities. The LFE gets a workout during the film's car chase and firefight sequences for sure so be ready for some sub usage. Like the picture quality it's not perfect, but it still noteworthy to be sure.
Taken 2 arrives on Blu-ray with an average set of supplements with nothing extremely eye catching except for maybe the film's alternate ending. Also included are six minutes of deleted scenes, a Black Ops pop up feature for the unrated version which gives bits of trivia, a three minute look at Sam's tools, a five minute interview with Neeson from the FX channel, and the film's theatrical trailer. There is also second disc that contains both the DVD and digital copies of the film.
Final Word: A Purchase For Fans