Willie Waffle is the movie critic for people who hate movie critics.

Taken 2 - Liam Neeson Kicks Booty, Again - Review

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taken2poster.jpgLiam Neeson is back as Bryan Mills in Taken 2, and he thinks it's a groovy idea to take the family, ex-wife Lenny (Famke Janssen) and daughter Kim (Maggie Grace), on vacation to Istanbul, where, of course, the crime lord whose operation was so destroyed by Bryan and his particular set of skills in the first movie, Murad (Rade "This character actually has a name?" Serbedzija), is seeking revenge. However, our bad guy is not going to kidnap the daughter again.  This time Bryan has been taken! 

What skills will Bryan use to escape from this predicament?

Who else will be taken, too?

When you go to see Taken 2, collect every thought and opinion you have about what makes a movie good and chuck it out the window, so you can enjoy Taken 2 for the bombastic, over-the-top, insanely ridiculous fun ride it is.

You don't watch Taken 2 for character development and great script writing.  Director Olivier Megaton and writers Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen aren't interested in pesky details like that.  You buy a ticket to Taken 2 to watch Liam Neeson kick booty, and he kicks booty in the spirit of Chuck Norris, Charles Bronson and Sylvester Stallone.  Maybe they should hire him to be in The Expendables 3!
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Besson and Kamen give us dialogue full of little references to the first movie that will make the audience laugh, and then you get to laugh even harder at the completely unrealistic situations, car chases, fights and extremely complicated instructions Bryan gives people to help them escape or fight back against the nameless, faceless Albanian bad guys.  It's so bad, it must be on purpose, so don't feel guilty for giggling and guffawing.  

The movie is atrocious, but Taken 2 is absurdly amazingly entertainingly horrific.

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2 ½ Waffles (Out of 4)


Taken 2 is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, and some sensuality