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Taken 2 [DVD] [2012]

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    95% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (639 out of 675)

    Special Features


    • Alternate ending
    • FX movie channel presents: In Character with Liam Neeson
    • Closed Captioned

    Synopsis


    Taken 2
    His family targeted by a vengeful crime boss in Istanbul, retired CIA agent Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) must fight an army of killers to ensure their safe return in this action sequel from director Olivier Megaton (Transporter 3) and producer/co-writer Luc Besson (who penned the screenplay alongside Taken scribe Robert Mark Kamen). As the families of the kidnappers killed by Mills gather together for a mass funeral, their leader Merad (Rade Sherbedgia) vows to make the man who brought them so much misery pay. Meanwhile, back in the U.S., Mills invites his ex-wife Lenore (Famke Janssen) and their daughter Kim (Maggie Grace) to join him on a trip to Istanbul after their long-planned trip to China falls through. Later, in Istanbul, the family is settling in and enjoying the sites when Merad's gang abducts Mills and Lenore. Communicating with her father via a hidden cell phone, Kim accesses his secret weapons cache and embarks on a frantic race through an unfamiliar city in a bid to rescue her parents from certain death. Once she manages to free her father, Mills puts his "particular set of skills" to use while attempting to rescue his Lenore, and escape Merad's unrelenting attack. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Liam Neeson
      Liam Neeson - Bryan Mills
    • Maggie Grace
      Maggie Grace - Kim Mills
    • Famke Janssen
      Famke Janssen - Lenore
    • Luke Grimes
      Luke Grimes - Jamie
    • Kevork Malikyan
      Kevork Malikyan - Inspector Durmaz



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    Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 675 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Action for the plus size film

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      Kenn
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      I have not been able to get to the theater for taken two and after seeing the Blu-ray with theatrical version, unrated version, and an alternate version, I'm kind of glad that I did not get to see the theatrical version first. The unrated cut in taken 2 is again living proof that the unrated version is the gold standard; I've yet to see any exception to that rule. As the basic blurb on the film synopsis indicates, the turnaround is that the parents get taken. The big difference in approximately the latter third of the film is that it takes an entirely different ambit to the theatrical cut (and I can honestly say that I can't see why they did the theatrical cut the way they did, but there is enough in the film extras if you to make up your own mind). Without giving too much away, they might have called this taken 2; the revenge: however it's more of a vendetta type of situation and I like the way the film has a fairly good précis of the characters (on both sides) so you can see who has what motivation, and who were the ones that you are going to side with (obviously you are meant to side with Bryan Mills and his family). If you liked TAKEN ONE As Well as Liam's film UNKNOWN, then I think you will really like the action, adventure, and exploration of a great deal of motivation in the agents. There is an alternative ending they supplied, which gives a radical change to the general feel of the film: it's about 25 minutes of fully complete material and has a radically different run in the motivation and action to the extent that you might even be able to get three films out of the entire material. There are five major deleted scenes in the extras, of which the foot chase is the longest and actually provides a lot of intriguing background, in my view. In one of two bonus materials there is a small discussion with Liam Neeson and it really gets into his motivation in the film (not necessarily his character's) as well as the way he works and what he likes about films; it's very enlightening. The final neat bonus is an in-depth animatic of the black ops box (the silver case he takes everywhere) and it is fairly obvious that is very well thought out. Overall, I was not sure if I was going to enjoy this film, due to a lot of negative reviews, but after watching the original TAKEN in saying the somewhat more thoughtful film UNKNOWN (which is based on a book, a spy thriller) I was willing to give TAKEN 2 a try, and I'm glad I did. It's a whacking great ride and loads of fun.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Not bad for a sequel

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      Treydle
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      How do you come back from the worst experience in your life? Therapy, denial, maybe some substance abuse? What if, after a relatively short amount of time, you’re flung back into a very similar circumstance? I don’t imagine that would help. Sometime after returning to the relative safety of Los Angeles, Bryan Mills (played by Liam Neeson), his ex-wife Lenore (played by Famke Janssen) and their daughter Kim (played by Maggie Grace) are still rebounding from the trauma they suffered. Bryan (Neeson) arrives at Kim’s home to give her a driving lesson only to be informed that she is not even in the house. She’s with her boyfriend. A boyfriend Bryan knew nothing about, no less. Simultaneously, in Tropoje, Albania, Murad Hoxha, father of deceased kidnapper and human trafficker Marko Hoxha, is attending a funeral service being conducted for his son and his accomplices. Murad (played by Rade Serbedzija) vows to avenge the deaths of his son and his friends. After hearing that a planned vacation to China is cancelled by Lenore’s now estranged husband, Bryan invites both Kim and Lenore to join him on a business trip in Istanbul once he’s fulfilled his professional obligations. They arrive sooner than expected and, unbeknownst to them, followed by Murad’s henchman. Following a family lunch in the marketplace, Kim returns to the hotel. It’s immediately apparent to Bryan and Lenore that their daughter hopes privacy and the exotic locale will rekindle feelings of love in her long-divorced parents. While romance does seem to be in bloom between the couple, it is abruptly halted when Murad and his men make their play for the Mills family. Now, I was and still am a huge fan of the 2008 film. I believe Neeson took a film that would’ve seemed dull and uninspired in the hands of Jason Statham, Vin Diesel, or any other contemporary action star and elevated it beyond the material. This film, while entertaining and plausible enough for an action/adventure, is the lesser of the two. Of course, there’s the fact that it’s more of the same and, therefore, less interesting. In addition, while the original depended on Neeson’s estimable talent, this film relies heavily on Maggie Grace. A competent actress, sure, but nowhere near as good as Liam Neeson. I enjoyed it about as much as I expected to. That’s it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      First one was better

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      This sequel to "Taken" is more of the same, the first film was so believable & was a real no holds barred suspense thriller about a former CIA operative who knows his way around the world & gets the guys who take his daughter for the purpose of white slavery, he kills many of them in his quest to find her, & rescues her at the end, this follow-up had a good premise, with some family members of the people he killed in the first film wanting revenge, but I feel they really should have had the bad guys coming to Los Angeles to get their revenge rather than have another overseas mishap, some years have passed since the first film's events, & Liam Neeson once again commands the screen as a over protective father, there are some highlights such as him & his ex-wife(Famke Jansen) sort of re-connecting, but then he has a overseas assignment where he is protecting a world leader, once the job is done his ex-wife & daughter make a surprise appearance, this is where you really have to suspend belief, why would a daughter who was kidnapped want to take another overseas trip?, why would her mother want to even take her overseas after what happened in the first film, & why would Neeson even be happy they were there?...knowing the dangers all around them, what follows is more of the same as Neeson & Jansen are taken this time, & the daughter (Maggie Grace) has to help her parents, again there is so much suspension of disbelief here, when what they should have done is have the bad guys come to L.A. & Neeson fight them there, that would have been more believable, this like many sequels suffers from sheer laziness on the part of the filmakers who know they have an audience & do nothing different, this one has its share of action, but it could have been sooo much better!!...& it wasn't.....this one is a mixed bag for me.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      for the action man and family man

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      kenn
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      The original Taken was an incredible movie, and Taken 2 has got some incredible moments. The main difference is that Bryan Mill's (Liam Neeson) family plays a much larger role in the sequel. While the first movie is about a lone wolf taking out bad guys like gnats on a summer day to get his daughter back, this one involves the family unit, so the experience, while using incredible action scenes, is a bit different. There is also a little more down time in this film, as cheesy tender moments are used to work the audience up before mother and father are abducted by a psychotic terrorist hell-bent on getting revenge as a result of Bryan killing his son. This film provides tons of kills, explosions and everything else that makes a movie good, and it has some real cheese in it, leading up to the action you're wanting. I say go see this film. I didn't enjoy it as much as the first one because I'd rather see Bryan go it alone, but this is still a great action film. I liked it enough to want there to be a third installment. As for the cheese in the film, the script is pretty bad, especially the dialogue between father and daughter, father and ex-wife before the movie gets rolling, but Liam Neeson is a great actor, so he saves it from veering off to Dolph Lundgren or Steven Segal territory (Hey, I'm not saying their movies are bad, just saying the dialogue is). Anyway, if you love action and like family films, this is the one for you, brother.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great sequel

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      Satisfied
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      Here's the action I was looking for - Liam Neeson continuing the role of ticked-off dad, and now husband. The villains just didn't get that they should let bygones be just that and count themselves lucky to still breath. But no, they had to go and mess with him again. So bad luck for them but good for me, cause I enjoyed Liam picking up this angst-y character again and opening a new can of whole-lotta-hurting on them. We got chases, and ooky creepy villains and suspense. Most important, we got the right peeps biting the dust in the end. Even if these sequels usually don't measure up to the first, I was into the follow up. Yes, a good movie night for the gang or solo viewing.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      If you liked Taken, you'll be taken with Taken 2

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      coachtim
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      Is too much of a good thing wrong? If you feel that way, (and didn't like "Taken"), you will want to avoid Taken 2. This film is more or an extension of the first film than a sequel. A similar plot line exists (bad guys torture Neeson and his family and then feel his wrath in the end). Now, in my case, I wasn't bothered by the similarities at all because I enjoyed the first film and really enjoy seeing bad guys get their butts kicked. Neeson is a likeable, and somewhat flawed hero, which makes him and endearing character. There's plenty of action in the film and Famke Janssen, too! There are limited extras on the DVD, but the film should be enough to carry the mail for most viewers.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Good, but not as Good

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      I really enjoyed the first movie, "Taken" and was hoping for just as good a movie this time. "Taken 2" is good, but it is not nearly as good as the first movie. I think one of the reasons is that it was a lot more claustrophobic in its street scenes and confinement scenes. In the first movie, Paris felt more open, Neeson went to a lot of different locations, etc. This time it's all so closed in. The acting was ok, but not great, and the family connection didn't seem as strong. The action was ok, but the first movie seemed to have more variety to the action. So I still recommend this movie -- it IS good and exciting enough -- but the first one was, indeed, a lot better.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Not as good as the first

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      Briank328
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      I really liked the first one. This sequel was more of the same, but a little less. The characters, having been established in the first movie, didn't seem quite as believable in this one. Other than a car chase (car driven by someone on their learner's permit, but with car control of a professional driver?), there wasn't a whole lot of action in this movie. This is a revenge movie and just felt about 30-45 minutes too long. I still enjoyed the movie, I just didn't feel it lived up to the first - but most sequels don't. So as long as your expectations aren't as high as the first, it was a decent movie.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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