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