Written February 08, 2016
Good, but not as good as the first. Some of the same lines were used....which was kind of corny ("Focus, I need you to focus"). Neeson's particular set of skills were once again displayed in an entertaining way, but unoriginal. Over-rated, but worth seeing.
Written September 26, 2016
I LOVED the first Taken movie, and also very much enjoyed Taken 2. Even though the first was better -- Taken 2 is still lots of fun to watch. Taken 2 is totally driven by its predecessor movie, so it helps to have seen the prior movie. I thought Liam Neeson was great as the devoted dad (Bryan) who still wants to get back with his ex-wife. I thought the Istanbul scenes were very good and authentic. Maggie Grace was cute again as Kim. She is a little edgier now with her new boyfriend, so at least she is a little more mature in this new movie. The only part I didn't like was the final fight scene against a pudgy, short bad guy -- Bryan and this guy had no running animosity or ongoing issue so I don't understand why the director would have Bryan's final fight scene against this pudgy guy. Other than that, I enjoyed the movie very much.
Written May 05, 2016
Another nail biter. This is one of the rare times that a sequel is as good or better than the 1st movie. I would definitely see it again.
Written April 30, 2016
The first one was better only because you can't do the same thing in 2 movies and expect the second one to get rated as high as the first.
The plot was not the best. His ex wife should have been killed.
Since Bourne everybody has their own one man gang taking on the bad guys.
At least in Man on Fire the main character died. I know it was based on a true story.
Stop making all these super human one man gang movies.
You've seen one you practically seen them all.
Written January 18, 2017
This movie just goes from one amazing scene to the next! One of the best car chases I've ever seen and overall photography of Istanbul is excellent! As you probably know from the first Taken, there are some REALLY GRITTY scenes, so think very hard about whether to take a female friend or spouse!