Taken 2 surprised us both, not only for the general reasons associated with any sequel, but because this one in particular seems not to lend itself well to the idea of continuing the story. It should be noted that we were both surprisingly fond of the original, which didn’t sell itself very well, and surpassed its somewhat odd premise.
Once you get past the corny introduction, which requires a lot more suspension of disbelief than ought to be necessary just to open a film, it’s actually not as bad as might be expected. Unfortunately, for me anyway, it isn’t nearly as good as the expectations you might have if the first film is fresh in your mind.
Liam Neeson is solid, but asked to move through a minefield with little to guide him. The film combines some clever elements with some ludicrous ones (the car chase stands »
- Marc Eastman
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