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Is Taken 2 A Deja Vu?

Don’t take Liam Neeson‘s stuff. It’s a simple concept that earned over a quarter billion dollars worldwide with the film Taken. Now Neeson is back to chew gum and kick ass, and he’s all out of gum. With the worldwide success of the first movie a sequel was inevitable and you have to watch Taken 2 free online and feel the excitement of the previous installment.

The Plot

Retired CIA agent Bryan Mills stopped at nothing to save his daughter Kim (Maggie Grace) from Albanian kidnappers a year ago. During the funeral for the kidnappers Mills killed, Murad Hoxha (Rade Šerbedžija), the employer of the men and father of the victim, Marko Hoxha, vows to find Bryan and avenge the deaths of their loved ones. During their family vacation in Istanbul, Mills and his ex-wife Lenore (Framke Janssen) are hold hostage by Hoxha’s men. Bryan enlists his daughter to help them escape.

Kim (Maggie Grace) talking on the phone

The Good

Over the years, Liam Neeson has saved over 1000 Jews from the Nazis, trained Obi-Wan Kenobi and Batman, led the A-Team, saved Narnia from the White Witch, led the Gods against the Titans, and beat up wolves with his bare hands. He has built a cinematic reputation of being a bad guy, and is one phone call away from being the star of the next Expendables. While you watch Taken 2 online you’ll notice it isn’t the greatest title in Neeson’s career, but he is the highlight of the film. While his acting is the best he could do with the script he was given for free, the real high point was his ability to bring down the bad guys. At 60 years old Liam can still kick ass and look good doing it.

The Bad

The plot was as close to the plot of the first movie as they could get without calling Taken 2 full movie a remake. People get kidnapped, Liam Neeson finds them and leaves a trail of dead bad guys in his wake. While it sounds like this should be a fast-paced and action packed film, sadly it isn’t. To watch the whole first act of the feature, before anyone gets kidnapped, takes forever. Once the story begins to pick up, the plot is stuffed full of every cliché known to man. Uneventful shoot-outs, boring interrogations, and obligatory car chases all lead up to the most anticlimactic final battle in history. The movie seems to be missing the drive and the energy that the original brought to the screen.

The Editing

In action movies, the editing is usually a little fast paced and choppy to show the chaos of a fight. Editors Camille Delamarre and Vincent Tabaillon (I don’t know which one to blame) took this method and made it their own… but in a good way. It felt like they looked on the cutting room floor, found half-second snippets of a scene online and pieced them all together to make an action sequence. I started to get a headache while watching Neeson beat the crap out of a guy from seven different angles in less than two seconds. The full movie seemed to flow that way. I don’t think there was a shot longer than three seconds.

action scene

SPOILERS

When Bryan Mills is kidnapped, he calls his daughter from a hidden cell phone and instructs her to throw a grenade out the window so that he can calculate how far away she is from his location online. As she gets closer to him, she detonates two more grenades so Mills can pinpoint exactly where she is. Now, I admit, I haven’t been to Turkey and I’m pretty clueless when it comes to their local customs. But I’m fairly sure that if I ran around Istanbul lobbing grenades left and right there would be some police interference. Or at the very least, some concerned looks from citizens. Perhaps Taken 2 ( watch online free ) is set in an alternate universe that resembles ours exactly, except you can crash your way through the armed barricades at the American embassy with a stolen taxicab and survive without a scratch.

Verdict

Even though the film is implausible in places and the editing is enough to make you want to watch Taken 2 online free again and again, I still enjoyed watching Liam beat the living snot out of everyone. He is the only redeeming factor. If you’ve had the chance to watch Taken, then you’ve watched Taken 2 too. The only thing different between the films is who gets kidnapped. Everything else has been seen before; someone gets abducted, they get rescued, the kidnappers pay the price, and Liam Neeson is a bad ass with a gun.