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Taken 2 Review: Liam Neeson’s Back For More in Bloodless Rehash

4 October 2012 2:19 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

In 2010 Liam Neeson suddenly found himself in the upper reaches of the action hero map as Taken, the streamlined, laser-focussed, one man assault on the modern day slave trade, reaped a not insubstantial $145 million at the Us box office, and some $226 million worldwide. Luc Besson’s mile-a-minute, euro-pudding, action fiestas (see The Transporter series) had finally hit paydirt.

With Neeson’s growled delivery of ‘I will find you, and I will kill you’ entering the pop-culture lexicon it was inevitable that this guilty pleasure would be given the sequel green light. Unfortunately the result, Taken 2, is a cynical cash-cow; a lazy, bloodless rehash with levels of ridiculousness that storytelling fleet-footedness and hyper-active camera-work just can’t hide. Although in this case laying the paucity of thrill or sense at the audience’s feet doesn’t seem to have raised many concerns with the film-makers as »

- Mark Clark

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