Taken 2 (2012)

Reviewer: Scott Nehring

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Director: Olivier Megaton
Written by: Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen
Starring: Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace and DB Sweeney

Rated PG-13 for violence and sensuality

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Kidnap my family once, shame on you.  Kidnap my family twice – well, that’s just the stuff of stupid Hollywood sequels.

In Taken, Post-Soviet Euro-trashy bad guys kidnap Qui-Gon Jinn’s daughter.  In this silly sequel, they kidnap Qui-Gon Jinn and his wife Jean Grey. I assume in the planned Taken 3 they will kidnap his dog.

The first film was stock, predictable stuff. It wasn’t genre-bending or clever, it was just a tedious action flick promoted by a threatening line reading from Liam Neeson “I have a particular set of skills…” This follow up is a hollow, senseless and undisguised money grab.

Do not spend time or money on this movie because it only exists to waste both.

The reason Hollywood makes thoughtless sequels like this is because we keep paying to see them. Stop the vicious circle and avoid cynical movies such as this like the plague.

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