(2012)

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75
Taken 2 is like a textbook on how to make beautiful, successful and highly satisfying junk-food cinema. When it's just a plot point, the information gets tossed out as fast and as forcefully as possible. Time is lavished only on the things that matter.
75
The cast is uniformly capable and dead serious, and if you're buying what Luc Besson is selling, he's not short-changing you.
70
At a beefy 6-foot-4, Neeson certainly looks physically imposing, but it was the notion of casting someone who can actually act in an action hero role that was the counter-intuitive concept that made both films - Taken 2 is more a remake than a sequel - so successful.
70
Moviegoers who liked Taken and want more of the same will get precisely that.
63
The first half of Taken 2 is a serviceable action flick, but the second half descends into cliches.
60
Less magical is the blind adherence to formula evident in most of Taken 2. As they might say in the advertising department, it's an adrenaline-fueled thrill ride. But it could have been much more.
55
On the plus side, the action sequences - desaturated, chopped up and herky-jerky as they are - are mildly thrilling.
50
You know what happens in Taken 2, don't you? The same thing that happened four years ago in Taken, but different. (But the same.)
50
The moral of Taken 2? If you're going on a family vacation, be sure that the human-trafficking ring you put out of business in that far more satisfying and suspenseful thriller from a few years ago doesn't know how to find you.
50
It's a stupid movie by smart people who aren't smart enough to realize it's stupid.
40
Taken 2 has a plot that could have been written by a GPS program, and contains all the technical charm that conjures up.
30
Taken 2 grabs everything that was surprisingly enjoyable about the original film and batters it into the ground.

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