Producers did not bother to make anything meaningful assuming that people will go watch it anyway. This one is more like a naive boring drama with infrequent heroic acts of Liam Neeson. Do not waste your time- see the original Taken and leave this sequel alone. Dull, unimaginative-only Liam Neeson kept what glimmer of hopes alive by his solid acting. While she is doing that, the dad is kept by the kidnappers who were stupid enough to leave him alone for hours and let him speak on the phone.
However, a real shame the film could not even match or equal the original. The climax however is the main issue , it's rushed. He escapes from the place just like that, and then is followed by Turkish police cars from 1970s. Bryan and Lenore are abducted by the Albanese, but Kim escapes and is the only hope that Bryan has to escape and save Lenore. The main character is taken on a ride for a few minutes and yet he appears to be almost next to the hotel. The list goes on, but I don't think its worth to spend money or time.
In order to placate the seething masses of this dystopia, Mishima sponsors Tekken, a tournament in which fighters battle until only one is left standing. I am afraid that as as sequel I am left perplexed at the lack of any tension, real action and pace in the film. Yet in the movie she hops in a stick stick shift cab and shows some amazing skills. Like many fans of the original Taken, I was looking forward to a sequel to see if it could match or in any way surpass the original. I also have to mention that all the women appeared in the movie were dressed in black veils- I don't know why, someone should explain that, also Turkey does not have a border with Albenia.
Save your time and money, don't watch this movie in theaters. . As in a regular cheap movie, bad guys are not really bad and are very respectful to the main characters, always giving them plenty of time to talk and to run away. There are tons of flows. Istanbul is a magnificent city. Nothing has remained from the realistic first part. The plot follows Liam Neeson after the events of the original and well its the pretty much an identical situation.
Storyline: In the year of 2039, after World Wars destroy much of the civilization as we know it, territories are no longer run by governments, but by corporations; the mightiest of which is the Mishima Zaibatsu. It just happens and I was left wondering why it just ended so fast. This movie is utterly awful unless you are ready for a bad comedy. The movie was very stupid and naive. What irritates even more is ridiculously large amount of product placement. In the movie it is portrayed as a third world country slam hole.
The finale was rushed and overall the film lacked any bite or interest. Now this sequel i am ashamed to say was a money grab by the producers. Shots are fired in a hotel, grenades are detonated in a middle of a cosmopolitan city. Meanwhile, the patriarch of the community of the Albanese gang of human trafficking, Murad Krasniqi, seeks revenge for the death of his son and organizes another gang to kidnap Bryan and his family. I cannot say this movie was terrible because it wasn't, it was just a movie that could not even close live up to its predecessor due to lack of depth and originality.
Police in Istanbul have new cars. Now Luc Besson and Robert wrote the original script without being pressured by their superiors to be limited to a marketable plot, unfortunately thats what has happened to Taken 2. In fact, most of the time he looks like a pompous clown trying to be serious while playing a stupid script. I am a big fan of the first taken movie, it not only had professional cinematography but great action, suspense and originality. The scenario is full of awkward, hard to be believe events like Kim bombing the whole covered bazaar area which is like one of the most crowded parts of the city. The villains were not as nasty as they should be- after all they were seeking revenge for the slaughter of friends and family and all appeared not all intimidating. There was no sharp dialogue and some scenes bordered on the risible especially when Liam Neeson was trying to give directions to his daughter on his whereabouts.
. . . . . . .
. . . . . . .
. . . . . . .