Synopsis (from the studio): In Istanbul, retired CIA operative Bryan Mills and his wife are taken hostage by the father of a kidnapper Mills killed while rescuing his daughter.
Warning: Spoilers below!
- Well, this was short and to the point. If I’m going to sit through a bad film, I at least want to limit the time I waste.
- I didn’t even see any previews for this movie before catching it on DVD, so the fact that the parents were “taken” this time was a surprise. It was an interesting twist.
- I generally like Maggie Grace, but thought she looked way to old to be playing a teenager studying for a driving test. I mean, how old was the character supposed to be? 16? 18? Grace was 30 when this was released, which isn’t old by any means. But as fantastic as she looks, she cannot pass for a teenager anymore!
- Kim went from being scared to take the driving test to driving stick like Jenson Button in pretty short order, didn’t she?
- The random tossing of grenades to help determine Bryan’s location was laughable. Come on! Just telling Kim to make sure there’s “no one around” doesn’t guarantee that an innocent bystander wouldn’t get injured or killed from the explosion. Wow.
- Good to know the U.S. Embassy in Turkey is being guarded by such crack shots… What an insult to our real military personnel.
- The camera work left a lot to be desired, IMO. I can’t stand shaky, handheld shots, so many scenes in the film bothered me.
- I’m sure there are a bunch of other points I could put on this list, but I feel I’ve spent enough time on this already.
I didn’t exactly have high hopes for Taken 2, but I did expect it to be at least a somewhat entertaining action thriller. If I’d known I was paying to see Maggie Grace rather than Liam Neeson, I would have been able to adjust my expectations accordingly. From the lack of Neeson in action to the completely laughable plot, this film is one to avoid. It probably deserves only 1 star, but I’m giving it 2 stars out of 5 because it’s short enough to get through in one sitting.