Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Taken 2 (2012)

Directed by Olivier Megaton
Written by Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen
Starring Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace & Famke Janssen

Did you see the first taken? If so the, you’ll enjoy this one too.

Liam Neeson was born in 1952 (quick math) he’s getting old. But the filmmakers of Taken 2 Megaton, knows what he’s doing because its hardly noticeable. Yes, in a few of the scenes Neeson looks stiff and off balance but that’s just flavor for the character. “He’s tired of the BS” and the film makes a great action movie for the aging action movie goer.

Maggie Grace does a wonderful job of being a recovering victim of kidnapping. She plays a girl coming of age in a world locked down by her controlling father. This film captures a good connection between a father who is trying to protect his daughter and a young girl becoming an adult. The film doesn’t capitalize on this relationship but the portrait is solid. Come to think of is, nothing about this story is wrong or confusing. All the motivation and plot points are there and focused on properly

So what goes wrong? Well, nothing exactly. The film just doesn’t have enough. The story slowly goes along fine but it’s just a repeat of what we have already seen. The mystery isn’t really there. So the audience losses its interest quickly even though everything is done right.

Bottom 5. Not a movie to see in the theatre. Just rent it if you want to see it. You’ll be disappointed if you pay more then a few dollars. 

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