My husband and I are movie junkies. There is nothing better the cuddling up on the couch on Saturday night after the kids have gone to bed, popping a big bowl of popcorn and indulging in a new release. Usually my husband and I are in sync in the type of movies we like. We both tend to reach for the action, adventure story but it must have a good story line. When “Taken” came out in 2009, we were both eager to see it. Taken followed the story of an ex CIA agent, Brian Mills, (Liam Neeson) who’s daughter, Kim, (Maggie Grace) is abducted while on summer break in Paris by a ring of Eastern European human traffickers. True to it’s word, “Taken” is a high action, thrill ride showing the fierce determination of one father to protect his daughter no matter what the cost. Although there was a lot of violence and the theme of human trafficking was a little disturbing, the action and special effects made the movie worth watching.
When I heard that “Taken 2” was created I was excited. I was intrigued by the story line and wanted to see if they could make the second movie as big of a success as the first. The plot for “Taken 2” takes place two years after Bill and Kim return home safe and sound. Excited by the prospects that his exwife’s second marriage was on the rocks, Bill invites his ex-wife, Lenore (Famke Janssen), and Kim to join him in Istanbul for a relaxing vacation after he finishes his next assignment. Unfortunately, plans don’t go as followed. Rade Serbedzija, father of one of the traffickers Brian killed in Paris, vows revenge against Brian. When he learns that the whole family is in Istanbul, he vows to kill Brian’s wife and daughter and making him watch – before killing Brian himself. Packed with a cell phone and a tote full of weapons, Brain is able to walk his daughter through an elaborate rescue mission to save both him and his wife.
Overall I would give this move a 3 out of 5. I feel that it was entertaining and action packed, but lacked the suspense and the opportunity to guess what was going to happen next. It is the perfect movie to entertain a couple on a chilly January Saturday night, but I don’t expect it will win any Oscars.
Taken 2 is now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Copy from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment as of January 15, 2013.
TAKEN 2 Blu-ray Special Features:
– Unrated and Theatrical Cut
– Black Ops Field Manual and Kill Counter
– Tools of the Trade
– Deleted and Extended Scenes
– Alternative Ending
– FX Piece
** 1 heart 1 family was provided with the mentioned item above for reviewing purposes, but all opinions expressed are my own.