Taken 2 is indeed a thrilling experience. As the formula or feel they used in the first part wasn’t used in any of the other movies which came after it, this thriller is also an enjoyable cool ride. Only negative I felt was the starched out ending portion which kind of didn’t sync with the pace of the rest of the movie.
The plot of the second portion is the revenge of the loved ones of the people that Bryan Mills killed in its effort to save his daughter. They are lead by Marco’s father. From information they gathered they came to know that Mr Mills is in Istanbul on duty they decide to take him from there. For their surprise Mills was accompanied by his ex-wife and daughter. If it was the daughter who got taken last time, this time Mills and his ex wife get into trouble. How they all come out of this mess is the plot of this second episode.
Well the plot gladly doesn’t go for a brand new backdrop to make the audience alienated. And with the fast moves that Mills make to escape with the help of his daughter who is outside scores the most of the thrill. Some may feel it as a bit over the top, but considering the nature of this franchise I would say it is cool.
On screen Liam Neeson has done it again neatly. His possessive and caring father attitude is written in the face and is totally in control. Famke Janesson gets more screen time in this outing and she has used it nicely. Maggie Grace also scores nicely with bit more involvement in the story.
Direction is cool and with camera’s never really resting, Oliver Megaton ensures that this one is thrilling. Screenplay is nicely paced for almost 80% of the movie. But towards the climax it looses its rhythm a bit. Apart from that it has all the ingrediants to satisfy the people who loved the first installment.
Overall Taken 2 is an engaging thriller with a little bit of dragging. I am giving 3.5 out of 5 for this one. If Taken is special for you, this one wont disappoint you.
Green: Recommended Film
Orange: Okay, Watchable, Experimental Films
Red: Not Recommended