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
Taken 2 (unrated cut and theatrical version) in high definition
Black ops field manual
Sam's tools of the trade
FX movie channel presents: in character with Liam Neeson
Taken 2 (theatrical version only) in standard definition
Taken 2 (theatrical version only) for portable media players
Robert Mark Kamen
Liam NeesonBryan Mills
Maggie GraceKim Mills
Kevork MalikyanInspector Durmaz
Frank AlvarezCar Wash Attendant
Murat TuncelliCustom Officer Albania
Cengiz BozkurtBorder Guard #1
Hakan KaramanReception Clerk
Aclan BuyukturkogluCheikh's Aide
Mehmet PolatHotel Driver
Yilmaz KovanHotel Thug #1
Erdogan YavuzHotel Thug #2
Luran AhmetiHotel Thug #3
Cengiz DanerHotel Duty Officer
Melis ErmanMaid Lockers
Ugur UguralMan in Street
Alexander Amadeus DaweJohnson
Michael Vander-MeirenJean-Claude's Driver
Rochelle GregorieJean-Claude's Concierge
Emre MelemezHammam Attendant
Ilkay AkdagliAlbanian Intelligence Officer
Mylene Ava PilutikWaitress
Atilla PekozBorder Guard #2
Serdar OktenCustom Officer #1
Mesut MakulCustom Officer #3
Mustafa AkinCustom Officer #3
Murat KaratasPolice Man Car #1
Cuneyt YanarPolice Man Car #2
Baris AdemPolice Man Antique #1
Hasan KaragullePolice Man Antique #2
Gazenfer KokozCop #1
Remzi SezginCop #2
Ahmet Orhan OzcamTaxi Driver Kim
Melike AcarPool Attendant
Yasemin YeltekinPool Waiter
Baris AydinPool Man Newspaper
Kenneth James DakanMarine
Adil SakCoffin Puller
Bekir AslantasCoffin Puller
Ercan KurtCoffin Puller
Cetin ArikCoffin Puller
Tamer AvkapanHammam Cop
Eraslan SaglamAntique Shop #1
Cheyenne CoreKim Photo Db/
Nathaniel MechalyComposer (Music Score)
Sebastien InizanProduction Designer
Olivier BeriotCostume Designer
Dean HumphreysSound/Sound Designer
Frederic DuboisSound/Sound Designer
Stephane BucherSound/Sound Designer
Romain LacourbasCamera Operator
Stephane BucherSound Mixer
Alain FiglarzFights Choreographer
Alain FiglarzStunts Coordinator
Cheyenne CoreSecond Assistant Director
Noriko WatanabeHair Designer
Philippe HubinSpecial Effects Supervisor
Year of Release
2 Discs, Blu-ray/DVD, Includes Digital Copy, Unrated/Theatrical
Dolby Digital w/ sub-woofer channel, stereo
Enhanced Widescreen for 16x9 TV
English, French, Spanish
20th Century Studios
Taken 2 [Unrated/Theatrical] [2 Discs] [Includes Digital Copy] [Blu-ray/DVD] 
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 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Our family loves this movie. We have rewatched it so many times. Good action scenes and one of our favorite movies! Would definitely recommend!
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Owned for 1 year when reviewed.
It very exciting movie, good story line. Blu ray disc is very good quality picture and surround sound.
How can you miss with Liam Neeson in anything? (He has been in a few stinkers, though). Anyway, this second part of the Taken series is surprisingly effective with its car chases, gunfights, and bloody fist fights. The testosterone literally jumps of the screen. Purely for action film buffs, but naughty fun!
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.