This action / thriller is a continuation of where # 1 left off 3 years ago. The format is very similar to the first “Taken”. This time the bad guys are out for revenge.
If you liked # 1 you should check this one out.
If you recall Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) the over protective father, in the first episode, raced to Paris to rescue his daughter Kim (Maggie Grace) from the Albanian mobsters, trafficking in the sex slave business. Murad (Rade Sherbedgia) the head honcho of the Albanian mob, knows his son was killed by Mills, now he’s out for revenge…it’s pay-back time, with the help of his entire family. The movie begins with Mills ex-wife Leonore (Framkie Janssen) and teenage daughter, packing to go on a planned vacation. Unfortunately it didn’t happen, to the disappointment of Lenie and Kim. Hearing how disappointed Kim was, missing out on a vacation, Bryan invites his ex and Kim to come join him, for their vacation in Istanbul.
After picking up his family, Bryan notices his car is being followed, he frantically tries to lose them. Dodging in and out of traffic, with great speed, the chase is on, however to no avail. Mills and Lenie get kidnapped by Murad’s men anyway. In an abandoned basement, we see Mills hand cuffed to an overhead pipe. Lenie is also tied up, and has her throat cut. She is hung up side down, to die slowly in front of Mills. The story becomes unbelievable and unrealistic from this
point on. Come on…chained as he was to an overhead pipe, can you honestly believe he succeeds in retrieving his cell phone hidden in his sock? .. without being detected by the man guarding him, and Mills succeeds in getting a lengthy message to Kim.
Another unrealistic scene the director wants us to believe is…teenager Kim, who hadn’t passed her drivers test as yet, is capable of out chasing and out maneuvering, the bad guys, speeding through the congested streets of Istanbul, just by listening to her Dad’s instructions……Riiiiiiiight.
For me parts of # 2 were too unrealistic to be believable. This is not a bad movie, it just relies a bit much on the first one.
2 3/4 popcorn bags
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