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Taken 2
October 26, 2012   
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Director Pierre Morel’s Taken, the action movie from 2008, cost around $25 million to make and took almost 10 times that amount at the box office worldwide.

Those figures made a sequel almost inevitable... and here it is. The opening weekend proved the producers right in their decision to come up with Taken 2. With a budget of around $40 million, the movie raked in $50 million in the United States alone. What’s the reason for such a level of financial success? It’s not the imaginative plot for sure, as there is none to speak of. The sequel basically reprises the story from Taken. The kidnappers take the father and the mother instead of the daughter this time, but that does not affect the plot one bit. Most scenes are dominated by shootings, fistfights, explosions, breaking bones and necks, with some street car racing and spectacular chases on rooftops thrown in for good measure. If you have seen Taken, it should all sound familiar. Even the bad guys are the same—Albanian mobsters. The only major difference is that Istanbul replaces Paris as the setting. And the movie has been made by another French director, Olivier Megaton (Colombiana, Transporter 3).

Three years have passed since the events depicted in Taken and ex-CIA agent Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson—Schindler’s List, Michael Collins, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace) is living a rather quiet life. He is not aware that far, far away in the Albanian village of Tropoje, local mob boss Murad Krasniqi (Rade Serbedzija—Snatch, The Saint, Mission: Impossible II) wants him dead. But that was to be expected, given that back in Paris, Mills tortured Marko, Murad’s favorite son, to death in a makeshift electric chair. The father is determined to avenge his son even though it was Marko that actually started it all by kidnapping 15-year-old Kim, Mills’ daughter. The opportunity to take revenge presents itself when Mills, his ex-wife Lenore (Famke Janssen—X-Men series, GoldenEye) and Kim take a vacation in Turkey. An entire company of Albanian bandits hits the road to Istanbul, armed to the teeth. At first, they even manage to capture Lenore and Mills, but thanks to Kim’s resourcefulness and some other circumstances, Mills soon escapes the kidnappers and begins his own vendetta. People drop like flies, mostly the bad guys. The battle goes on until a dramatic confrontation between Mills and Murad in the closing scenes.

French filmmaker Luc Besson, best known for directing The Fifth Element, Leon and Nikita, was the screenwriter for Taken 2 and this time he has firmly said that no more sequels will be made. But who knows, with such box-office takings, the producers might feel tempted to give the Taken series one more try. Neeson has said in interviews that he has grown to like his character and so he will probably have nothing against playing the fearless family man for a third time. And after all, shortly before meeting his end, the Albanian mob boss boasts having several more sons who will seek revenge forever.
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