“Taken 2″

October 13th, 2012 at 10:16 am by under A Look at the Movies

Rated PG-13
1 hour 50 minutes

Starring: Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace

I’m always complaining about sequels that are never as good as the original. Liam Neeson must have known that the relatives of the Albanian goons he killed in “Taken” would come looking for payback in “Taken 2”.

Neeson is as violently skillful as ever. But, the movie’s a tiresome retread; we’ve seen it all before. If you expected anything fresh and original or even a stylish facsimile, you’re the one being “Taken”.

Neeson’s been so well trained by the CIA, that even in captivity he can still supervise his spoiled, knuckleheaded daughter Maggie Grace.

“Taken 2” is done strictly by the number, an uninspired rehash that never comes close to capturing the lightning in a bottle that existed the first time. The producers counted on fans blindly rushing off to see the movie without first checking the reviews before realizing they’ve seen it all before.

Now that Neeson’s decimated the entire Albanian population, it’s time to put a stop to the series. Since “Taken 2” is only goof for 2 stars. Yes, another sequel bites the dust.

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