Written April 29, 2016
We love Liam Neeson, but this movie was lacking in believability. A lot of action, but the movie seemed rushed. Good concept, but fell short for us. Not as good as the first by a long shot. Would not have this one in my collection.
Written October 07, 2012
If you appreciate cuts that are too short, a horribly written script, a reliance on the former movie, rampant discrepancies, and an extreme waste of actors' talent: this movie is for you!
Written February 28, 2015
The movie was good. However, I could have waited to see it On Demand or DVD. I feel it wasn't as good as the original, like most sequels. It was typical Taken perdicaments and crazy ways on how Brian uses "his skills" to get out of them. Not as much action as I hoped, but good enough for me to see again outside of the theatre.
Written May 31, 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 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.