Taken 2 (12)

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Action and adventure

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Time Out rating:

<strong>Rating: </strong><span class='lf-avgRating'>1</span>/5

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Time Out says

Wed Sep 19 2012

In the early 1980s, a company called Cannon Films became synonymous with ultra-low-rent vigilante trash: invariably starring either Charles Bronson or Chuck Norris, these straight-to-video shockers featured wronged men wreaking revenge on criminals (often black or foreign) who messed with their families. If the script for ‘Taken 2’ had dropped on to the desk of a Cannon executive, it would have been laughed out of the room. This is a film that makes the ‘Death Wish’ sequels look like ‘Godfather 2’, that makes the work of Jean-Claude Van Damme look like an Ingmar Bergman box set. It is one of the laziest mainstream films ever.

Where the first ‘Taken’ began with a believably nightmarish scenario – ex-Secret Service operative Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) was forced to act when his daughter, Kim (Maggie Grace), was snatched by sex traffickers – the sequel doesn’t bother with old-fashioned fripperies like plot or intrigue. The relatives of the bald, jabbering baddies that Bryan bumped off in the first film now want revenge. They follow him to Istanbul. They try to kill him. They fail. The end.

Much of the blame must fall on writers Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen (a sequence involving a bag of grenades and a map of Istanbul sparked gales of laughter at a screening), but the real culprit is director Olivier Megaton. The action sequences are punishing: a car chase feels entirely composed of close-ups of smashing glass, spinning tyres and hands grappling with gearsticks, while a punch-up in a sauna is about as much fun as watching someone else play ‘Street Fighter’.

‘Taken 2’ is 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?
Tom Huddleston

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Rated:

12

UK release:

Fri Oct 5, 2012

Duration:

90 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Olivier Megaton

Screenwriter:

Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen

Cast:

Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace

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I agree wholeheartedly with Danny. The last three movies I`ve viewed have been awarded one star by Time Out and not one of them has deserved such an insulting rating. Taken 2 is a competent, enjoyable action thriller.

Danny

I too felt that the review was very harshly rated. The impact of giving it one star is two-fold: it will put people off enjoying a perfectly reasonable film and also it brings Time Out's judgement into question. I used to treat your reviews as an oracle....Ah well!!

Ash

A predictable movie when the ex wife is kidnapped, it wasn't well written and being the same old story, first the daughter and wife, this movie should have been something completely different entirely, disappointed sequel.

Zee

The film was gr8. Please if u are into action films at all times please ignore the reviews and just go watch it.

Zee

The film was gr8. Please if u are into action films at all times please ignore the reviews and just go watch it.

phill

Went to see it last night and tho it wasnt as good as the first one as a film goes is doest warrant one star,lots of action the bad guys get killed (tho to be honest there only crime was to related to the baddies in Taken lol ) and Liam doing wot he does best,if u liked the first one as i did u'll like this.

dizzy

the ur arguein on a cinema site says it all you keyboard warriors, u need to get out more.......p.s decent film

Sophie

Taken 2 is actually a really really good film, it really depends on what type of films you like but in my opinion it was excellent. worth seeing.

Sophie

Taken 2 is actually a really really good film, it really depends on what type of films you like but in my opinion it was excellent. worth seeing.

cb

How did I know that before I looked on TimeOut you lot would rate it that low. Unless its a foreign subtitled film or a film made for £20 you lot moan about it. Your boring. Its a good action film, same as the last one.

cb

How did I know that before I looked on TimeOut you lot would rate it that low. Unless its a foreign subtitled film or a film made for £20 you lot moan about it. Your boring. Its a good action film, same as the last one.

Chad

Harsh reviews on the whole and I have to admit cringing when I hear there was a sequel even being considered. Taken 2 is OK though. It's sanitized and has some tacky bits (worst being his American daughter who can't drive somehow getting round the narrow streets of Istanbul in a manual)... but it's probably worth waiting for the "hardened" (or whatever they choose to call it) version to be perfectly honest.

Sunny

ignored all the reviews on this site... went ahead and watched the movie.. one of the best for a long time why is it that timeout is so far away from truth about movies... wanna know who writes timeout reviews..because they are always wrong... TAKEN IS TOP DOLLAR..don't miss out

Sunny

ignored all the reviews on this site... went ahead and watched the movie.. one of the best for a long time why is it that timeout is so far away from truth about movies... wanna know who writes timeout reviews..because they are always wrong... TAKEN IS TOP DOLLAR..don't miss out

Devontonia

I saw the first one, fantastic. (I also bought it for £3 in HMV). Whenever a film is highly criticized it inlay means that it will be brilliant as the whole world is out of touch nowadays anyway. Keep you expectations to a realistic level and you will love this film.

JayneM

You know what you are going to get when you go to see this film - Mr Neeson kicking everyones ass! its over the top but enjoyable....simple as!

Paul C

The word puerile was invented for films like this that cynically take your money with the flimsiest of style or effort. Ok, for your cinema ticket you'll get whatsisname killing every non-American, but it's off camera as this has to be a bland 12A cert now. The film seems to be lining up the daughter for her own series to be called Miss Taken. Save your money and wait for video in a bargain bin

Ian

If you accept it is a farce and go with it then you may well enjoy it but it really is a lazy and cynical attempt at cashing in on the success of the first film. It goes through the motions with the fights and mass shootings and the overlong car chase but there is a nagging doubt that other films have done this so much better. LIke the recent 4th Bourne this film tries but doesn't match up to its predecessor. An okish 2 star film no more.

scrumpyjack

Of course Andrew is correct in most of what he writes, which makes this nonsense all the more enjoyable. Watched it and laughed more than in most comedy's...and laughed some more in the foyer as punters came out saying things like "that was good, weren't it"?............Viewed like so, enjoyable 90 min (85 film, 5 earwigging after!) 6/10';