“I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don’t have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now, that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you.”… Bryan Mills (Taken, 2008)
This were the lines that was seen as 1 of the great movie quotes in relation with Father’s day. For those who saw Taken, it remains till this day a great movie & one i love so much so when i heard & saw the trailer for a 2nd installment, i went all dancing with my own lines… “I must watch this movie.”
Taken 2 is directed by Olivier Megaton and written by Luc Besson & Robert Mark Kamen and features most of the original cast in Taken with Liam Neeson as Bryan Mills, Maggie Grace as Kim, Famke Janssen as Lenore, Leland Orser as Sam, Jon Gries as Casey, D.B. Sweeney as Bernie, Luke Grimes as Jamie, and Rade Serbedzija as Murad Krasniqi.
Taken 2 picks up from where the first installment stopped. Bryan still dotes on his daughter Kim, though with everything that happened in Taken, he nows keeps her on a short leash though she does not know. He heads to Istanbul for a job when after completing the job, Lenore & Kim surprise him by visting him. While having fun with Lenore, he notices they are being followed. After confirming his suspicions & a brief brawl with the followers, he and Lenore are kidnapped but not before he warns Kim who is in the hotel. Bryan finds out his kidnappers are led by the father of Marko, one of the kidnappers in Taken who kidnapped his daughter who he killed wants revenge for the death of his son and all the men he killed.
Taken 2 is coming on the back of a successful prequel so naturally people would expect more and as a critic i must assure you it did not disappoint. Though it did not have the charisma that Taken oozed & there was quite a delay before the action kicked in, it made up for it with the writers showing us how good Bryan Mills is even though he’s retired, something that was not completely explored in the prequel, then a crazy scene where Bryan & Kim did Grand Theft Auto with Kim on the wheels… Damn that girl can drive… 😀 . Neeson gives a wonderful performance which would continue to make me love him, same can be said of Maggie Grace.
Cinema Worthiness: A must see…
Lenore: You found her in a city of 12 million people in 72 hours
Bryan: Come on, Kim, move!
Kim: Where are we going?
Bryan: We have to go to the embassy.
Kim: I’m not sure I can.
Bryan: Do you know how to shoot?
Bryan: Then drive.
Bryan Mills : Listen to me carefully, Kim. Your mother; is going to be taken. And people are gonna come for you too.
Kim : What are you gonna do?
Bryan Mills : What I do best.
Bryan Mills : If I kill you, your other sons will come and seek revenge?
Murad : They will…
Bryan Mills : And I will kill them too.
Kim: Dad, surprise!
Bryan: Baby! Hey, honey
Lenore: Hello Brian
Bryan: I was just leaving you a message.
Kim: We wanted to surprise you.
Bryan: Well, you succeeded
Bryan Mills: When a dog has a bone the last thing you want to do is take it from him.
That’s a wrap folks…
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