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(2012)

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  • Retired CIA operative Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) invites ex-wife Lenore "Lennie" (Famke Janssen) and their teenage daughter Kim (Maggie Grace) to spend a few days in Istanbul with him. Things go bad when Bryan and Lennie are abducted by Murad Krasniqi (Rade Serbedzija), the leader of the ring of Albanian sex traffickers who kidnapped Kim and her friend Amanda (Katie Cassidy) a few years earlier. This time, however, it is Kim who must find and rescue her father so that he can do the same for Lennie.

  • Taken 2 is the sequel to Taken (2008) (2008), which was based an original script by French filmmaker Luc Besson and American screenwriter Robert Mark Kamen who also wrote the screenplay for Taken 2. It is followed by Taken 3 (2014) (2015).

  • Retracing the route that he memorized during his abduction, Bryan finds the house where Murad has taken Lenore. After shooting, knifing, and neck-snapping his way past 10 thugs, he discovers that Murad has moved Lennie. He follows them to the haman (Turkish bath) where he finally comes face-to-face with Murad. Holding Murad at gunpoint, Bryan asks whether Murad's other sons will seek revenge if he kills him. Murad confirms his suspicion. Wanting an end to the vendetta, Bryan gives Murad a choice—either walk away and end this or die here. Murad gives his word to end the vendetta, so Bryan drops his gun and begins to walk away. Immediately, Murad grabs the gun and tries to shoot Bryan in the back only to discover that the gun is empty. Bryan shows Murad the bullet, then pushes him against the wall, impaling him on a towel hook. He then tends to Lennie. In the final scene, which takes place three weeks later in Los Angeles, Kim passes her driving test, so Bryan takes her and Lennie to an ice cream parlor on the Malibu pier. The waitress brings them four milkshakes, puzzling Bryan until he sees Kim's boyfriend Jamie (Luke Grimes) walk in. When Kim asks her dad whether it is okay to have Jamie join then, Bryan lightens up and shakes Jamie's hand. "Don't shoot this one, Dad," Kim laughs. "I really like him."

  • The unrated version is more than 6 minutes longer. But contrary to the first one, there are more differences that cut scenes to get the PG-13. It rather seems like the movie editors wanted to save running time. As a result, there are more plot elements in the unrated version and especially one thing: more walking . That means not everything is really noticeable and that footage is simply superfluous, that's for sure. Nevertheless, the violence is rougher now (there are the common differences like cuts, more harmless alternate footage, reducing the blood color, reducing or removing the sound of cracking bones) but it still doesn't reach the level of the first Taken.

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