Liam Neeson reprises his role as Bryan Mills the retired CIA operative. Bryan takes a small assignment in Istanbul Turkey. He wraps up the assignment and is ready to return to the USA, but his daughter (Maggie Grace) and her mother Bryan’s ex-wife (Famke Janssen) show up to surprise him. Little does anyone know that the father of one of the kidnappers from the first installment is plotting revenge against Brian. The story unfolds from there…
I really enjoyed the first installment. It’s very difficult to carry over the intrigue and excitement that the 2009 hit “Taken” had. I have to say that while the paid critics were luke-warm about this second installment, they are only half right. The movie has plenty of intrigue and suspense, but the story is weak at best. It lacks the “torture and interrogation scenes that made “Taken” so good.
There isn’t as much action as the first installment, but Liam Neeson is awesome!! He still has the skills of “Jason Borne and MacGyver”.
There is some great cinematography of Istanbul Turkey. I say if you really liked the first installment “Taken” then you should see “Taken 2”.