Taken 2 : Liam Neesan is back as Bryan Mills. His story and his relationships with his ex wife and daughter, have changed dramatically. It's been a while since the events of the first film, It all set a little bit in the future.
Welcome to the newest Dr Film review, today I will look back at action packed thriller 'Taken 2'. The film was released last year. A very much anticipated film that most people wanted to see, obviously because the first film had been so successful, and had the audience on edge. I went to go and see this twice in cinema, because there were bits of it, in which I failed to understand the first time around. Going into it a second time with a deeper understanding, proved to me solidly that Taken 2 is not a great movie, It's definitely not as good as the first film, and it certainly isn't as good as people make it out to be.
My biggest problem with 'Taken 2' is that it's too fast paced. There's too much heavy action going on, in such a condensed time limit. We as the audience actually discover very little new development to the characters. The only new things we find out is that : 1) Kim has a boyfriend and she's moving on to be a singer. 2) Lenny and Stuart have split up. 3) An Angry man wants revenge over his son's death. that's it. Other than that, nothing new. which is disappointing. one would of expected a bit more character development, to drive the story forward. What we get instead of that is a lot of rushing action, in such as short space of time.
Here's an incite into Taken 2.
Though Taken 2 doesn't provide the audience, with more character development and a better plot that I expected, It does offer a brilliant performance from my favourite actor 'Liam Neesan' as ever, I think Liam Neesan is a amazing actor, can play any role to the best of his abilities. This film has a lot of neat special effects, which in tern compliment what's going on in the story.
A lot of enemies, die in this film. I was actually making a count of how many people Liam Neesan actually kills in this film. Which seems a little sad, when you come to think of it. However I lost count, he kills so many bad guys in this film. And the bad guys have many amble opportunities to kill Liam Neesan off, however though Neesan's character is quick witted and smart, it is a bit silly that the bad guys fail to kill him, and he gets all of them. Doesn't make much sense, but there you go.
Maggie Grace, after playing the damsel in distress in the first film. She's included more in the second, she's taught how to throw grenades, she jumps off buildings, she fast drives a car, she goes swimming in a bikini. Her character has more variety, which is good. I personally don't see Kim being an action girl, but she did what she had to do in order to help her dad, and that's what's important and what makes sense.
Lots of snappy action in this, I did feel I was falling behind, having to keep up with the heavy quick pace of the action. That being said some fight sequences are well cut and very well acted and directed. It builds up tension and really places the audience under suspicion as to who's going to win and whose going to die.
Of course in the case of Taken, you know you have full confidence in the main hero, and you can predict that he will over come all the madness, and come through. That is exactly what happens in the end of Taken 2. It's a simplistic ending, to which for me raps things up too easily. I did get the impression having seen it twice, that it ended far too easily.
Could their be a Taken 3? Maybe. Who knows, I wouldn't mind it. If it can make up for the errors of this film, and extend the time limit and come up with a much better story concept. Then I'd welcome Taken 3 with open arms.
Taken 2 for me, it was rushed and far too short.
Overall I have to give it a 5/10.
Thanks very much for reading this review.
NEXT TIME : I will review 'The Shawshank Redemption'. I will not give anything away. You'll know what I think, when I review it.
I will post that review on Saturday the 21st of September 2013.