Bryan and his family are in Istanbul when he and his ex-wife are abducted in retaliation for the killing of his daughter's kidnappers. But this time Bryan's daughter Kim frees him, allowing him to hunt down the kidnappers once again.
Liam Neeson (Bryan), Maggie Grace (Kim), Famke Janssen (Lenore), Leland Orser (Sam), Jon Gries (Casey), D.B. Sweeney (Bernie), Luke Grimes (Jamie), Rade Serbedzija (Murad), Kevork Malikyan (Durmaz), Alain Figlarz (Suko).
Taken 2 pretty well picks up with the Mills family recovered from their previous trauma and hoping to patch things up. When Lenore and Kim join Bryan in Istanbul however, it doesn't take long for the father, Murad, of the kidnappers killed in the first film to find and kidnap Bryan and Lenore. With her parents both gone, Kim steps up to the task of freeing her father so he can hunt the men and free Lenore. From there the film is fists, bullets, and a fairly predictable ending.
Acting was good with Neeson still able to pull off the action hero role pretty well. Grace did a nice job with her role, adding a bit of depth in the process. Janssen delivered better than usual, relying a bit less on her looks this time. Serbedzija, typecast once again, filled his role well as always. The remainder of the supporting cast was solid.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were realistic and nicely done as with the first film. Physical effects also felt realistic and were well done throughout. Dialogue was entertaining, while sound and soundtrack were well done.
Overall Taken 2 isn't quite as exciting as the first film but is still a well done action thriller with quality from all aspects. Genre fans will enjoy this one quite a bit.
With plenty of violence and some mild sensuality this should be fine for teens and above.
Taken 2 is no longer showing in any Littleton, Colorado movie theatres.
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