Having watched the first Taken several times, which was stimulatingly brilliant, I have to admit that Taken 2 was an utter disappointment. It consisted of a predictable storyline, lazy script and had quite a few errors.
The film follows the CIA Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) who takes his daughter and wife on a family holiday to Istanbul. Unfortunately, things don’t go to plan, as the kidnapper’s father (from the first Taken) plots revenge on Mills by taking them hostage.
The film begins very slow and takes very long to get into the actual story. In terms of the story, the writers gave us nothing new. In fact, the whole film was simply based on how the villains take the victims to hostage who try ultimately retaliate and defeat them. It’s as simple as that.
Fatal errors. Indeed there were many errors, I mean if grenades were fired from a 5* hotel onto other balconies, I’m sure there would be instant police cars if not helicopters. Moreover, how can a person who is just learning to drive, drive a stick shift superbly. Personally, I have never been to Istanbul, and the film didn’t quite show me the whole beautiful side of the city. Yes, maybe the director intentionally wanted to develop the antagonists, but I still thought they tried to cover up, by showing too many slums, alleyways and gully’s. Lets blame it on the small budget.
Having said that, on a lighter note, Neeson didn’t fail to impress. He is a respectable actor and no doubt did his best to fulfil the role. His expressions, actions and short dialogue were very seriously approached. But this still was not enough to beat the first film.
Overall, I have to say that the film seemed like it was rushed into, where the climax wasn’t fully developed nor entertaining. Some action scenes were undeniably great, yet still some scenes were identical to the first Taken.
Written by: Meera Darji