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Taken 2
Samrat Sharma / fullhyd.com
EDITOR RATING
6.5
Performances
Script
Music/Soundtrack
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7.0
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6.0
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Can watch again
No
Good for kids
No
Good for dates
Yes
Wait to rent it
Yes
When Taken came along, it completely took the Interent by storm. And why not? It had hitherto gentle, or sometimes patriotically firebrand, Liam Neeson, finally making use of that 7-foot frame and deep, menacing voice to kick arse. A middle-aged man prepared to unleash all kinds of fury and vengeance on unsuspecting Europeans was clearly something that we had seen before, but Neeson made the role his own, forever spoiling it for middle-aged actors.

The charm, obviously, lay in Neeson's delivery of a monologue oft repeated and parodied, and his embodiment of the menace his character could be. It was a suprise, and perhaps we could have expected it to be a classic in the future too, had it not been for a sequel, that suffers from the acutest case of sequelitis.

Taken 2, for all its Neeson-peddling, is a mediocre film wrapped around a leading man's tour de force character, with nary a spark that reminds us of why the original was such a surprise. The pandering to the supposed (and incorrect) American xenophobia continues - this time his entire family is in trouble, as menacing foreigners once again try to bring harm on the innocent. The rest is all action.

Taken 2 will have you believe Albanians have huge families, when Neeson's daughter and wife join him in Turkey, where his wife and he are "taken" by them. There is something about revenge because of a couple of guys who die in the last movie, but you care as much about their motive as you did about the guys in the first one. There is a particularly inventive sequence involving his daughter following his instructions as he locates himself via urban sounds and feel, but overall this film fails to create anything that approaches the first one.

The movie's action is serviceable - Transporter 3's Olivier Megaton brings a trusted hand at the helm - but usually never inventive or surprising. There are car chases, explosions, gunfights and fist fights, almost all of them courtesy Neeson. They never feel exciting, but neither do they feel low-quality. This is safe, unexciting film-making, designed to comfort you into parting with your money. It's never bad, but never is it reminiscent of the electrifying energy that the leading man is often capable of.

This is autumn, the dull, slow burn of unexciting movies peppered with good ones now and then, and you know what? This isn't half bad. We all wish it was better, but of all the films playing right now, only one promises Liam Neeson's giant feet stamping out bad guys in a non-stop orgy of action and growling. Enjoy it if this is your cuppa, just don't expect a classic.
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  • Cast
    Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen, Leland Orser, Jon Gries, D B Sweeney, Luke Grimes, Rade Serbedzija
  • Music
    Nathaniel Mechaly
  • Director
    Olivier Megaton
  • Theatres
    Not screening currently in any theatres in Hyderabad.
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S Kumar on 15th Oct 2012, 11:05am | Permalink
Watched the movie this Sunday. Full of action and good pacing. Part 1 was better than Part 2. Liam Neeson doesn't seem to be ageing at all:)) At 50+ he is doing a series of thriller/action movies like - Grey, A-Team, The Unknown, Taken 1 & now Taken 2. Way to go Neeson!

In part 1, his daughter is kidnapped, and in part 2 his wife is kidnapped. In part 3 will Neeson be kidnapped or the Producer, let's wait and watch:))
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