Taken 2 Extended Version

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6.31 h 38 min201216+
HD. Retired CIA operative Liam Neeson must use every trick in his arsenal after he is 'taken' in this pulse-pounding sequel.
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Olivier Megaton
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Liam NeesonMaggie GraceFamke Janssen
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SuspenseAction
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English [CC]
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on May 9, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Better than your usual sequel
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The start of a franchise along with Liam Neeson being stereotyped as an action hero. The first taken was about Neeson being the angry father tracking down the men who kidnapped his daughter. Now he’s the angry ex-husband tracking down the men who kidnapped his ex-wife Famke Janssen. That would be the formula for all of the films.

On the plus side they didn’t throw everything into the wind to get to the action. The movie actually starts with Neeson’s relationship with his family. The action sequences are good as well topped off by the ending of the climax. I’m not sure I buy Neeson’s know everything persona in this film such as when he directs his daughter to pinpoint his location after he’s been kidnapped. Still it was a better than usual sequel.
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Toucan_ChrisReviewed in the United States on August 2, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
A Still Enjoyable Sequel No One Asked For
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Now I gave the first Taken a 99% as it was one of my favorite movies of all time. And in that review I mentioned how I enjoyed the pacing, character development, action sequences, score, and cinematography. In this movie the characters we know and love go through a similar yet different plot that does well keeping it’s pace but the direction and cinematography is at times nauseating. The camera has too many cuts and moves a lot where it’s hard to see the action. The score also isn’t as memorable as the first one but still a good film to watch if you wanna continue the heart pumping drama the first one was. 85%
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Tom KReviewed in the United States on November 10, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
If your disc won't play, read this
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If you find a disc that will not play — in my case, it just loops at the "Home Entertainment" screen — try first disconnecting your Blu-Ray player from the internet.

After trying four different versions of "Taken 2" (standalone, Taken 3-pack, Taken 1 & 2, etc.) I tried this, and once disconnected the movie was able to start.

The best I can determine is that the copy protection/encryption mechanism is trying to reach a URL that is for some reason invalid.
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Roman85Reviewed in the United States on August 15, 2013
3.0 out of 5 stars
The first film is better!!
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This sequel to "Taken" is more of the same, the first film was so believable & was a real no holds barred suspense thriller about a former CIA operative who knows his way around the world & gets the guys who take his daughter for the purpose of white slavery, he kills many of them in his quest to find her, & rescues her at the end, this follow-up had a good premise, with some family members of the people he killed in the first film wanting revenge, but I feel they really should have had the bad guys coming to Los Angeles to get their revenge rather than have another overseas mishap, some years have passed since the first film's events, & Liam Neeson once again commands the screen as a over protective father, there are some highlights such as him & his ex-wife(Famke Jansen) sort of re-connecting, but then he has a overseas assignment where he is protecting a world leader, once the job is done his ex-wife & daughter make a surprise appearance, this is where you really have to suspend belief, why would a daughter who was kidnapped want to take another overseas trip?, why would her mother want to even take her overseas after what happened in the first film, & why would Neeson even be happy they were there?...knowing the dangers all around them, what follows is more of the same as Neeson & Jansen are taken this time, & the daughter (Maggie Grace) has to help her parents, again there is so much suspension of disbelief here, when what they should have done is have the bad guys come to L.A. & Neeson fight them there, that would have been more believable, this like many sequels suffers from sheer laziness on the part of the filmakers who know they have an audience & do nothing different, this one has its share of action, but it could have been sooo much better!!...& it wasn't.....this one is a mixed bag for me.
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Steven KetchamReviewed in the United States on November 27, 2014
2.0 out of 5 stars
Taken 2 really jumps off a cliff
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Other than having most of the main actors from the original movie Taken 2 is nothing like the original.

In the first movie there are elements of a bumbling dad trying to unite with his wild and young daughter. The ex-wife is believably jaded although still action-movie-helpless and when the daughter is kidnapped then the experienced dad beats up the foolish bad guys. There is at least some attempt at character/plot development.

Taken 2 really jumps off a cliff. The daughter is stupider, the wife is more helpless and "dad" is now super-hero-amazing. An added bonus is that the patriarch of the bad guys is not nearly as smart as the original-foolish-bad guys.

Highlights:
If you are ever lost have your teenage daughter use hand grenades to signal her location. No one will get hurt.
If you want to learn how to pass your permit test go to Istanbul and drive "...faster, faster..." while crashing into cars.
The ultimate way to kill the last bad guy is to use a combination of the Vulcan-death grip and a shower head.

This is not an awful movie but a lot of effort has been made to make it one.
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Cameron PietrafesoReviewed in the United States on February 3, 2013
3.0 out of 5 stars
So-So Story But Not Directing
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The main plot idea was perfectly reasonable if not a little predicable. Shortly after Taken 1 the family of the Albanian mobsters that were previously killed go out for revenge and this time the whole family is involved. It was a mindless action flick, and I wasn't bored while watching it. Unfortunately this sequel lacked a lot of what made the first one good enough to warrant a sequel in the first place.

Firstly, I found the settings very limited. Where the first movie felt like it ranged all over Paris, with LN having to work for every clue, this one just had LN chasing someone down one dirty ally or hallway after another. The action scenes also followed the recent trend of shaking the camera like a martini and shooting disjointed and unrelated things to add a sense of action, then over-using jump cuts to splice the mess back together.

A lot of the plot specifics didn't add up or were too convenient to be believable. I won't ruin it by running them down specifically here. Let's just say that unless you think a teenager can drive a cab though barricades and several 50 caliber machine guns to break into a US embassy, an LA girl struggling for normalcy that just narrowly escaped sex-slavery in France will want to travel to Istanbul to "get away", or villains will always do the cliche "I'm just going to leave you alone now in a locked room by yourself even though I know you've single-handily killed all my previous men" then you might have plot issues with this movie too.

One last nit-pick...who ever directed the lighting of this movie must have thought all of Istanbul uses cheap, dim, green-casting florescent lights inside.

Other than all that LN and FJ were good as always, and it was nice FJ had a bigger role in this one. I just wish I had waiting for the rental to be cheaper or to go free/prime before I watched it, and unlike the first one, I probably won't be watching this one again ever.
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CBlazeReviewed in the United States on February 11, 2013
3.0 out of 5 stars
I will hunt you down (again) and I will kill you (again)
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There are two types of sequels in Hollywood - the ones that get made because there's more story to tell and the ones that get made because the first film made a lot of money. At first Taken seemed like it was getting a sequel because it made a bunch of money - but in fact Taken 2 had a good enough idea behind it that I felt there was easily more good story to be told. With the premise of the families of the bad guys in the first film going on an offensive to get back at Bryan Mills was excellent! This premise gives both sides of the conflict the same motivation of protecting their families - which is universal and pretty cool for an action film premise.

The problem is with Mills' entire family in peril - the director keeps the viewer in touch with the family throughout - so we lose that sense of urgency that the first film provided. In the first film we don't see his daughter after she's kidnapped - and it's intense throughout the film because we don't know what's happening to his daughter. This lack of suspense really takes one of the best elements that made the first film such a hit and replaces it with action sequences which suffer due to the lack of urgency and suspense. It's a big problem - there should've been another element added to replace the lack of suspense problem - as just action cannot fix this.

FYI - This paragraph has nothing to do with the movie itself. I think - the bad guys should've just hired another assassin to get Mills and have it become more of a Die Hard, Bourne film cat and mouse game between Mills and an equally talented bad guy. We would've known Mills could win - but since we hadn't already seen him succeed in this kidnap scenario before the intensity needed to be amped up in a different way by taking Mills out of his element a bit. They need someone who can challenge Bryan Mills' level of preparedness so the viewer could feel like they are seeing something worth the "certain set of skills" Mills has.

Anyway - the action was good (not great) Luc Besson knows how to orchestrate a good action film and Olivier Megaton is a solid director for action films - the pacing felt a little stop-start but it wasn't egregious. Overall the film lacked what could've been a great sequel based on the story needing to be expanded and made it feel like a sequel that was out for more cash.

The bar was set high - by surprisingly excellent action romp that was Taken and Taken 2 (like many Eastern European thugs) got its head bashed into the bar by Liam Neeson.
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Keith DaileyReviewed in the United States on March 4, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Sequel To One of the Best Action Films Ever Made. And Done Well and Believably (At Least To ME Anyway)
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One of the things that you find in some sequels is the Ridiculous premise used to get the movie to happen. Revenge is always a good motivator for engagement:

Murad: I have come to take you to Tropoje to face you to the people whose lives you have ruined. To give them justice.

Bryan Mills: You mean to give them revenge.

Murad: If it gives us peace call it anything you wish.

Having said that, all kinds of Kick Buttery ensues...They Threatened the people he loves and weren't prepared for the consequences! Excellent film, I'd like to think that I don't just buy everything that comes out so the fact that I invested in this film (and the first) actually lends to how good a film I believe this to be. I'll see a movie in the theater, wait a while, see it on HBO or similar and think "Man, that was a really good film!" and then add it to the collection. By then of course the price has dropped Substantially which is an even bigger bonus! Regardless of my methods or reasons, I stand by my assessment - great film.

Spoilers:
Murad: [Bryan has him cornered] What are you waiting for?

Bryan Mills: You have other sons?

Murad: Two.

Bryan Mills: And if I kill you, they will come and seek revenge?

Murad: They will for sure.

Bryan Mills: And I will kill them too. You can change that. You can go home, live your life, enjoy your sons, your grandsons.

Murad: And my other son, Marko: the son you killed... am I just supposed to forget it?

Bryan Mills: No, you'll just have to live with it. Like the parents of all those kidnapped girls. Or you can die here.

Murad: What are you telling me?

Bryan Mills: What I'm saying is: if you give me your word, I will throw down this gun and simply walk away.

Murad: Why?

Bryan Mills: Because I am tired of it all.

Heh. Murad can't say he wasn't given an out! Send in the sons!
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