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Retired CIA man Bryan Mills, nemesis of Albanian sex traffickers everywhere, is back. Will he find some new swarthy skinned asses to kick and family members to save?

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While the film itself is built on hyper-paranoiac, borderline racist ground, even the most po-faced critic would have to admit that 2008's Taken is likely to go down as one of Liam Neeson's most noteworthy roles. Not only did it relaunch the Ballymena-born actor as a stern-faced, one-man-against-the-world action hero, but it reminded us that even the most ridiculous of storylines can be brushed up to something approaching respectability when the star of the show is a bloke with genuine thespian chops.

Neeson has since purloined aspects of retired CIA man Bryan Mills's persona for weaker fare (Unknown) and stronger material (The Grey), but now he's back as the original furrow-browed, pugilistic »

- Ben Child

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