After the huge success of Taken, a sequel was a given. Liam Neeson returns as retired CIA agent Bryan, still somber yet very involved in the lives of his ex-wife (Famke Janssen) and his daughter Kim (Maggie Grace, a 29-year-old playing somebody who I’m guessing is supposed to be in their late teens). They all wind up overseas in another kidnap drama perpetrated by the father (Rade Serbedzija) of one of the last film’s victims. This is copycat moviemaking at its lamest, and Neeson looks embarrassed to be in it. I loved Neeson this year in The Grey, featuring career-best work, but this is terrible. I’d love it if these films stopped with this installment, but it’s making a lot of money, so I wouldn’t be surprised if Bryan and his family got “taken” again in the near future.
Director: Olivier Megaton
Producer: Luc Besson
Cast: Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen, Rade Serbedzija, Leland Orser, Jon Gries, D.B. Sweeney, Luke Grimes, Kevork Malikyan, Alain Figlarz, Frank Alvarez, Murat Tuncelli, Ali Yildirim, Ergun Kuyucu, Naci Adigüzel, Alexander Dawe and Olivier Rabourdin