“I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don’t have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now, that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you.”
That has to be one of the best movie lines ever. It’s from the movie Taken, staring Liam Neeson. I had never even heard of the movie before watching it on TV one day. The movie had my husband and I riveted to our seats.
I had never thought of Liam Neeson as an action hero. Not only that – someone who can totally kick a$$! Up until I saw Taken I just saw Liam as a great actor. He did an amazing job as Oskar Schindler in Schindler’s List. I also loved him in the movie Nell that he stared in along side is wife, the late Natasha Richardson. He did kick-butt as Qui-Gon Jinn in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, but nothing like he did in the movie Taken.
If you have not seen Taken I would highly recommend it.
The the film Taken, Liam plays the part of Bryan Mills. He is a retired CIA agent who is trying to maintain a relationship with his only child, Kim, who resides with her mother and step-father.
Against Bryan’s better judgement he allows his ex-wife Leonore and Kim to talk him into letting Kim to Paris with a friend. Once in Paris Kim and her friend are abducted, but not before Kim is able to get one quick phone call into her father. Now it’s up to Bryan to locate his daughter before it’s too late. Thankfully he succeeds, but not without leaving a bloody mess in his wrath.
The follow up to Taken, Taken 2, is now available in Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download. Taken 2 is a sequel to the first film, however it’s a great story on it’s own so if you didn’t see the first film you can still enjoy Taken 2.
Taken 2 picks up some time after the first movie. Bryan is enjoying a closer relationship with his daughter, as well as a better relationship with his ex-wife, who is now divorced. Bryan invites the women with him on a trip to Turkey where he has some work to do. Unbeknown to Bryan he has been tracked down by men who seek revenge on him for killing their family members in Paris – most especially the father of one of the men. He promised his village that he will find Bryan and make him pay for what he has done to so many families (killing a loved one while in Paris).
Bryan and Lenore ends up being abducted and taken hostage by the men who seek revenge. This time it’s up to Bryan’s teenage daughter to come to his rescue. She does succeed, however the men have now disappeared with Bryan’s ex-wife. Time it ticking and they must find Lenore before it’s too late.
Will they succeed? Or will justice be served by the men who are out to destroy Bryan’s life the way he destroyed theirs?
To find out you need to pick up a copy of Taken 2, now available where ever movies are sold.
I liked Taken 2. It was a great follow up to the original story. I don’t think it was as good as the original, but it certainly kept me well entertained and on the edge of my seat the entire time. It’s just one more film that makes Liam Neeson a certified action hero.
There are plenty of bonus features on the Blu-ray disc.
You have the choice of watching the theater version (rated PG-13) or the uncut, unrated edition (still PG-13 if you ask my opinion). The uncut, unedited version is just a few minutes longer. I really didn’t notice much of a difference between the two versions. I saw the film in the theater and watched the uncut version at home.
There are five deleted scenes in the bonus section. Most are not really exciting, but I do wish the scene in the hotel room between Lenore and Kim would have been kept in the film.
There is an interesting alternate ending which shows Bryan taking out revenge on the man who tried to destroy him and his family, rather then just try and end it in the theater cut. The ending also has Bryan rescue of Lenore a bit different then in the theater version.
Sam’s Tools of the Trade in an interactive look inside that metal suitcase Bryan carries around with him when he goes on assignments. You can either click on the items individually to learn more about them, or just let the whole sequence run on it’s own. I must say there are are few items in his suitcase I wouldn’t mind having.
I rather unique special feature is called Black Ops Field Manual. It allows you to watch the film while getting pop-ups that keep track of the number of people that are killed or wounded. It also tells you more about the characters and throughout the film various trivia questions pop up. It was interesting but I rather not see pop ups when I’m watching a movie. I rather focus on the movie and not have to read what the pop ups say. However if you have seen the movie a few times and know what is going on, then this bonus feature would be pretty cool.
Also included in the bonus section is the movie trailer as well as a brief interview with Liam Neeson.
If you are looking for some action and adventure this weekend be sure to pick up a copy of Taken 2 where ever movies are sold.
*I received a free screener copy in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and are not influenced in any way.