Taken 2

I heard the following phrase the other day which I’ll try to paraphrase for you as best as I can to keep the effect, ‘Rage is a very strong force, but guilt stays with you for a long time’.

A picture of a hurricane that passes by for a few minutes or hours but leaves utter destruction in its path came to my mind when I heard this so I then coined my own phrase:

‘Rage is a very strong & enticing force, but living with the consequences can make your whole life weary’

From experience I know rage makes people think that giving in to the emotion is the only solution to the problem at the time and that any other solution will be ineffective.

I’m of the opinion that giving in to rage can never give a person peace of mind about the decision they eventually make even if it yields the result they want, and may I point out that Taken is just a movie so don’t get any ideas whenever rage wants to take over.


[toggle title=”Plot/Production“]I just could not understand the justification for revenge on the part of the Albanians, it was absolutely funny to me but then one thing jumped right out at me: ‘Everybody has the right to rage’.

Where Taken was exciting to watch and seemed believable, Taken 2 seems a little over stretched, under thought and lacks a good degree of ‘believability’.

There were too many instances I could ask myself why or why didn’t and that just robbed me of much of my excitement at watching.

For some reason it just felt like they were trying to patch up bits and pieces to develop a movie that made as much sense as possible.[/toggle]

[toggle title=”Cast“]Bryan Mills played by Liam Neeson

I must admit this, even though I had watched a couple of movies by Liam Neeson, I really didn’t take notice of him until Taken so I was excited to see him in Taken 2. Well even with all his gimmicks and his good performance my conclusion is that he should have said no.

The role is just a re-vamp of taken, nothing excitingly new.


Kim Mills played by Maggie Grace

For some reason, the roles are switched up and Kim has to do the rescuing. I think the character was adjusting very well given what happened to her in part 1. I have one question for her though: Why on earth did you not ask your father if he was insane?

For some reason, the producers of this movie thought throwing grenades all around a habited city made sense and Mr GPS brain thought it was a great way for his daughter to locate him, I was half expecting the daughter to ask at a point ‘Say What?’ but that didn’t happen.

Well as I said earlier it’s just a movie so asking for a ‘safe place’ to toss a grenade seemed like it would suffice for them.


Lenore played by Famke Janssen

For those of you who may not know, Famke played Jean Grey in the X-Men series. I remember one of my twitter followers saying they took away all her powers in Taken 2 & while obviously the movie has no affiliation to mutant powers, it did seem like he hit the nail on the head.

Why on earth did they have to zap all the courage out of the character & make her such a damsel in distress? I just didn’t feel the character although I’m still of the opinion Famke should act more.


Murad played by Rade Serbedzija

For some reason this guy played the unreasonable tyrant quite believably. I’m sure there was nothing anyone could say to him to make him think he was doing something wrong, to him all his actions were justified even if all that happened was on his clan in the first place.

I have seen cycles like this go on in people’s lives a lot but I know that quality reasoning is the enemy of rage so if per chance you find yourself wanting to carry out some questionable actions out of rage just spend a few minutes thinking back on the deepest roots of the situation and the consequences of your actions and I’m sure there would be a different outcome.

This particular guy didn’t do that and his choices led to his death.[/toggle]

[toggle title=”Supporting Cast“]Almost not worth mentioning as they just played cameo roles and none stuck out not even the boyfriend who seemed not to be afraid of getting some quality thrashing from Bryan.[/toggle]


No matter how much I enjoyed this film, I still think it could have gone in a better direction with some more quality plot, acting and directing. I wonder why they have decided to make part 3 but as I’ll put it, ‘numbers are a great motivation for doing things at times’.



  1. tywo

    3rd November 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Hey, sorry, but when was Taken released? Don’t usually feel like watchin a sequel to a movie unless I’ve watched the first one.

  2. MoviePencil

    3rd November 2012 at 10:33 pm

    Taken was released in 2008. It was a very unexpected film that became big once people saw it in the Cinema. That movie was awesome. This bit was just nothing compared to that. If you can get your hand on Taken, I recommend it.

  3. toonna

    13th November 2012 at 7:15 am

    Hollywood rarely succeeds with it’s sequels, this movie just further proves that. More about the money making business than the actual art of movie making/story-telling. And as always, some there are still audiences willing to pay so Hollywood continues to churn them. Oh well, onto the next one then.

    • MoviePencil

      13th November 2012 at 10:37 am

      Tell me about it! But would I say rarely, maybe not cos there have been really cool sequels out (sometimes better than the original). I think its those not thoroughly thought out with money as the incentive that spoil the pot! Those tend to ride on the success of the former.

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