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Taken 2


Taken 2: The Takening (our title, not the movie's, though it should be) is an extremely stupid piece of shit. Typically, with this kind of movie, that should be an overwhelmingly positive assessment. When we go to a movie theater to watch a sexagenarian (Liam Neeson) hammer-punching an endless sea of faceless henchmen in their necks, we expect certain things—brainlessness, one-liners and explosions chief among them. But director Olivier Megaton—whose name alone implies he should know better—sucks all the joy out of the affair in a way that makes Pierre Morel's joylessly crude original seem like a whiz-bang actioner of the Commando variety. Neeson punches just fine, but the presentation here is almost unwatchable. The film's so full of hyperactive jump cuts and herky-jerky camera work it's impossible to tell who even won a fight until the next scene, when Neeson invariably walks away from a sea of lifeless Albanians in track suits and makes an intense cellphone call. Let's hope that when the inevitable Taken It to the Streets hits theaters, we'll finally get the kind of tongue-in-cheek mix of hilarity, explosions, and bloodied track suits this series deserves, rather than some bullshit that thinks it's making a bigger statement than the word "pow."

  • Genres: Action, Thriller
  • Running Time: 92 minutes
  • Release Date: Thursday, October 4, 2012
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13 [ Intense Sequences of Action, Intense Sequences of Violence, Some Sensuality ]
  • Critic's Score: D-
  • Starring: Liam Neeson [Bryan Mills], Maggie Grace [Kim], Famke Janssen [Lenore], Rade Serbedzija [Murad Krasniqi], Leland Orser [Sam], Jon Gries [Casey], D.B. Sweeney [Bernie], Luke Grimes [Jamie], Kevork Malikyan [Inspector Durmaz], Alain Figlarz [Suko], Frank Alvarez [Car Wash Attendant], Murat Tuncelli [Custom Officer Albania], Ali Yildirim [Imam], Ergun Kuyucu [Mirko], Naci Adigüzel [Cheikh], Alexander Dawe [Johnson], Olivier Rabourdin [Jean-Claude]
  • Directed by: Olivier Megaton [Director], Luc Besson [Screenwriter], Robert Mark Kamen [Screenwriter], Luc Besson [Producer], Nathaniel Mechaly [Original Music], Romain Lacourbas [Cinematographer], Sebastien Inizan [Production Design], Camille Delamarre [Film Editor], Vincent Tabaillon [Film Editor], Olivier Bériot [Costume Designer], John Papsidera [Casting], Atilla Yilmaz [Art Director], Nanci Roberts [Art Director], Linda Spheeris [Set Decoration]
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