Taken 2 Review

Taken 2Title: Taken 2 (Unrated Cut) [Blu-ray]

Release Date: January 15, 2013

About the Movie:

Brace yourself for the Unrated Cut of Taken 2, with even more unstoppable action and thrilling suspense – plus in-depth extras that take you deep behind the front lines of a one-man war. Liam Neeson returns as Bryan Mills, an ex-CIA operative, who finds himself “taken” hostage along with his wife. To survive, Bryan must enlist the help of an unlikely ally and use his brutally efficient skills to take out his kidnappers.

Blu-ray Includes:

  • Taken 2 (Unrated Cut and Theatrical Version) in High Definition
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Alternate Endings
  • Black Ops Field Manual
  • Sam’s Tools of the Trade
  • FX Movie Channel Presents: In Character with Liam Neeson

My Review:

I was a huge fan of Taken and was anxiously anticipating watching its sequel, Taken 2. Unfortunately, this movie did not live up to my expectations and I found it rather disappointing. I had a hard time getting into the movie and was ready to turn it off halfway through. Even the scenes that should have been exciting and thrilling to watch like when the bad guys kidnapped Liam Neeson’s character, Bryan and his ex-wife, Lenore, did not make me sit on the edge of my seat in anticipation. 

Basically how it all goes down is Bryan and his ex-wife, Lenore are kidnapped while on a trip to Turkey by the same group of people who took his daughter, Kim, in the first movie. The father of the kidnapper who Bryan killed wants revenge and has plans to capture the whole family. The kidnappers were unsuccessful at getting Kim as she hid in a closet in a hotel room. After being captured and hung up on chains, Bryan manages to call Kim with a cell phone he still has on him. He tells her to draw circles on a map using co-ordinates that he somehow figured out while he was stuck in the trunk of his kidnapper’s car. Then he tells Kim to set off grenades and then draw another circle on the map. He gives her an address and tells her to go there and wait for his call. More grenades at this location too and then Kim drops a gun down a steam shaft to give to her father. It just goes on from there.

I don’t know much about Turkey, but wouldn’t it be strange and warrant swarms of police if a person was throwing grenades in city limits? Kim was throwing them to help pinpoint her dad and I kept thinking wow what if she hits someone? 

When Kim finally does rescue her dad, they take off in a car in the winding back alleyways of Istanbul with Kim at the wheel. In America, Kim was just learning to drive, but in Turkey she could drive a stick shift like a race car driver navigating the narrow roads like an expert. I guess that’s why it’s a movie because in real life, she would have crashed the car for sure. There was just a lot about this movie that did not make sense to me.

The one good thing I can say about Taken 2 is that Liam Neeson is a wonderful actor and did what he could with the script. I enjoy his movies and will watch anything he does, BUT I just hope there won’t be a Taken 3. I probably won’t be watching it!

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.


  1. Maureen says

    I find that often a sequel is not as good as the original. I have not seen the original though so I will look for that.

  2. Pamela Halligan says

    I really enjoyed Taken, but I haven’t seen te sequel. I was looking forward to seeing it, but figured it wasn’t as good as the first one. I like Liam Neeson. He really played that role well. Thanks for the review.

  3. Carole Ingram says

    I saw it at the Drive In movie , it wasn’t as good as the first movie but it wasn’t the worse movie he has made either…it wasn’t horrible but it wasn’t his best either. 😛 I’d watch #3 if there was one.

  4. says

    ohh..i can’t wait to watch this, liam neeson is awesome! even thought it’s not as good as the first, i’ll still watch it! i watched the first one and that had me on the edge of my seat

  5. Tania B says

    I’ve been wondering about this sequel. I keep wondering why Liam Neeson has suddenly made such poor movie role choices! Such a shame

  6. Tammy S says

    I can’t wait to see this movie. I loved the first one! I know sometimes sequels aren’t as good as the original. That is why we waited to rent it.

  7. Jo-Ann Brightman says

    I enjoyed Taken and I am sorry that you did not like the sequel as much. Unfortunately it happens too often that producers try to make money off the first money with a second rate second one.

  8. Holly S. says

    I felt the same way. I loved the first one and Liam Neeson is such an awesome actor, but for some reason I could not bring myself to want to watch this. Maybe because it has “2” in the title of a movie that was nicely wrapped-up in the first place?
    An even better plot for this if they were going to make a sequel is him being so pissed about the whole thing that after his daughter is safe, he goes after the human-trafficking trade and bad-a$$es his way to saving other women and girls too. I’d watch that.

  9. Karen Hand says

    Thanks for the review. Think I will wait until Taken 2 comes out on DVD before I make a point to see the movie.

  10. Kate F. says

    I loved the first Taken, but the second one was kind of disappointing. There was plenty of action and it was entertaining, but it wasn’t a great movie. And I agree with your statement about several things not making sense.

  11. Margie Young says

    I too heard that this one wasn’t as good, thats too bad I was looking forward to seeing it. Thank you for the honest review !

  12. Susan Johnson says

    I’m really glad I didn’t spend money to see this in the theater… There are always people who will say the lousiest movies are great, which is what I had heard from a couple of people, but was suspicious simply from the title. Why they didn’t call it Taken Again is beyond me, it would have made more sense. The idea of a rehash didn’t sit well with me, so I figured I’d wait til it was on video. Now, I’ll wait til it’s on tv, and may still not watch it! Thanks for the honest review!!

  13. Stacey Roberson says

    Great review! I haven’t seen this one yet, but I did see the first movie, and I loved it! Looking forward to watching part 2.

  14. Kelley Lambert says

    I thought 3 thoughts about the movie. 1- I should have waited for the rental & closed caption because Liam Neeson is such a quiet actor I couldn’t hear what he was growling half the time. 2- All the cars are Mercedes or other foreign cars, but I swear one of the police detectives rolled up in a Chevy, or at least a car with a Chevy logo. And 3- If you have a date in Constantinople she’ll be waiting in Istanbul (my music choices are showing).

  15. Andrea Perra Hadfield says

    I could have easily guessed what your review would be. Unfortunately sequels are never (ok almost never) as good as the first. The original taken was a great movie. I too love Liam Neeson!

  16. cheri says

    I loved the first Taken as much as everyone and I thought the second movie was just as good. I thought it was great how they made it the same storyline and a continuation from the first. I went and exchanged one of my movies I got in the mail from my Blockbuster @Home service through DISH at a local Blockbuster store to watch this movie. I was working my shift at DISH and one of my co-workers reminded me it was out on DVD. With this service I can go exchange any movies I get in the mail at a local store with no additional cost. I love that I can do that, because I don’t have to wait to see a movie I really want to see.

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