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Taken 2

Drama . Crime . Thriller . Action

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.

Actors: Alain Figlarz , Kevork Malikyan , D.B. Sweeney , Leland Orser , Jon Gries , Luke Grimes , Rade Serbedzija , Famke Janssen , Maggie Grace , Liam Neeson
Directors: Olivier Megaton
Country: FRANCE
Release: 2012-10-05
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  • Peter Rainer

    The director of this jamboree is appropriately named Olivier Megaton.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    Taken 2 is like a textbook on how to make beautiful, successful and highly satisfying junk-food cinema. When it's just a plot point, the information gets tossed out as fast and as forcefully as possible. Time is lavished only on the things that matter.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    The cast is uniformly capable and dead serious, and if you're buying what Luc Besson is selling, he's not short-changing you.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Richard Corliss

    Somehow Neeson makes the ridiculous plausible. A mature, real man in an era of superhero fantasy, he radiates something rare in movie musclemen: a haunted gravity to match his outsize physique.

    Time Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    At a beefy 6-foot-4, Neeson certainly looks physically imposing, but it was the notion of casting someone who can actually act in an action hero role that was the counter-intuitive concept that made both films - Taken 2 is more a remake than a sequel - so successful.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Randy Cordova

    Granted, the film lacks the kicky element of surprise that made the first movie so enjoyable, but it's hard to gripe too much. Taken 2 aims to be a fast-paced, workmanlike sequel that shows off its charismatic leading man, and that's exactly what it does.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Bernard Besserglik

    Moviegoers who liked Taken and want more of the same will get precisely that.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Scott Bowles

    The first half of Taken 2 is a serviceable action flick, but the second half descends into cliches.

    USA Today Full Review
  • John Anderson

    Less magical is the blind adherence to formula evident in most of Taken 2. As they might say in the advertising department, it's an adrenaline-fueled thrill ride. But it could have been much more.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    On the plus side, the action sequences - desaturated, chopped up and herky-jerky as they are - are mildly thrilling.

    NPR Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Taken 2 is more of the same, except a little bigger, a little dumber, and a little less invigorating.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Rick Groen

    Just a mediocre action franchise with a solid actor at the head and a travelogue in its heart.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • M. E. Russell

    The movie's excessive and logistically goofy in a way "Taken" wasn't.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    You know what happens in Taken 2, don't you? The same thing that happened four years ago in Taken, but different. (But the same.)

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    What follows seems like a nonstop car and foot chase, with Albanian after Albanian falling victim to Bryan's remarkable aim and hand-fighting skills. Foreigners bad, Americans good, box office busy.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    It's a stupid movie by smart people who aren't smart enough to realize it's stupid.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    The moral of Taken 2? If you're going on a family vacation, be sure that the human-trafficking ring you put out of business in that far more satisfying and suspenseful thriller from a few years ago doesn't know how to find you.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    A movie with no surprises at all, a streamlined chase flick that is running on the fumes from recycled fuel.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    It's fun enough on its own relatively low-budget merits, but it's really nothing to die – or kill – for.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    None of it is particularly novel or exciting.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Amy Nicholson

    Taken 2 is 91 minutes of "See Neeson kill-kill, Neeson kill!"

    Boxoffice Magazine Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    The screenwriters go out of their way to prepare you for Taken 3: Serbedzija has more sons, and Kim's virginity is getting harder and harder to preserve.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Peter Bradshaw

    The premise is looking pretty tired.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    Taken 2 has a plot that could have been written by a GPS program, and contains all the technical charm that conjures up.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Nick Pinkerton

    Taken 2 rarely embodies the values of concision and focus that it extols, and any breathing room from the hurtling narrative illogic only allows the audience opportunity to notice slips in Mills's father-knows-best infallibility.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Nick de Semlyen

    The first one offered the novel sight of Oskar Schindler going Commando. Unfortunately, this half-hearted sequel is low on novelty and lower on fun.

    Empire Full Review
  • Neil Smith

    "What are you going to do?" wails Maggie. "What I do best!" growls Liam. Yet while it's fun to watch him take out the Eurotrash, we've seen him do it better.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    When Neeson engages in bare-knuckle fisticuffs at the climax of the cartoonish Taken 2, I honestly couldn't figure out if the 60-year-old actor was actually present at all except for the close-ups.

    New York Post Full Review
  • John Semley

    Some of the basic pleasures of the original remain intact (nobody shoots up a small room of bearded Eastern European men like Neeson), but ultimately the film feels compromised.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Gabe Toro

    It's not a surprise that he most resembles an older Charles Bronson in Taken 2, as both found the enthusiasm to soldier on in the action genre well into their old age. Bronson had a bit more patience with these films: after this, it's doubtful Neeson will.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    Luc Besson and Liam Neeson and the rest of the furriners who made the inept and offensive Taken 2 don't seem to have gotten the memo from Jason Bourne: Americans don't think our spooks are good guys anymore. Full Review
  • Alison Willmore

    Taken 2 grabs everything that was surprisingly enjoyable about the original film and batters it into the ground.

    Movieline Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    A sequel every bit as clumsy, ham-handed, outlandish and laughable as the original was sleek, tough and efficient.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    Revenge is a dish best served cold, as some Albanian dramatist once said, but Taken 2 isn't good-cold, as in steely and purposeful; it's cold as in "lost the scent."

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Tom Huddelston

    A cynical film which has only been made, apparently, to squeeze the pockets of anyone who enjoyed the first movie. Why give them the satisfaction?

    Time Out New York Full Review
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