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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Taken 2: Took Again. Late Movie Review.





Taken 2.


Cast: Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace.


Writers: Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen

Director: Oliver Megaton

* out of Four





If Bryan Mills(Liam Neeson) ever stopped being the best at beating people up or getting out of tough situations.  His next job should be the host of a cooking show on TV .  His use of directions would be priceless.  A typical show would have him be completely stressed out, but still remaining completely calm.



Bryan.  "Allright. We don't have much time and I need you to hurry with this meal before you are taken to visit your Aunt Joan.  You wanna pre-heat the oven to 450 degrees. Next grab  the pan from the bottom of the sink.  Quick turn left and grab the milk and eggs out of the fridge.  Hurry up and grab the free range ones from the bottom shelf.   Now bring the eggs and milk to the counter.  Stop.  Stand on one leg.   Now turn and face the oven to see if it has preheated yet.  If it hasn't spin in a circle until you are dizzy, and then put the turkey in.  Now listen to me very carefully because the next step is important.  Your mother and I are about to be taken to Red Lobster, and you know what that does to me so I need you to make sure the double ply toilet paper is properly installed."


The real crazy thing about his directions is how fast his wife and daughter pick up on it.  I would have at least need a pen to write some of it down, but for whatever reason they get it right away.   His own daughter Kim(Maggie Grace) hasn't even passed her drivers test yet, and she is shown throwing grenades off  rooftops with precise accuracy, and she can evade a group of cops without any problems.  Now some may say the Bryan helped her, but all he really did was just yell directions.  She's the one that actually had to do the driving herself.  I enjoyed the moments when Kim got away from the bad guys and thought it would be kind of cool to have her be the one to help rescue her dad.  It would be exciting because she doesn't have a lot of training but still ends up killing them anyways.  I would of loved that.  Oh one more thing about Maggie Grace.  The girl is damn near 30 and yet she is playing someone who is in high school.  She looks no where near that age.  Her and Famke Janssen could have been sisters instead of mother and daughter.





The bad guys in this really could have used the Snidely Whiplash moustache to really show that they were up to no good.   They did everything to show Bryan their intent without wearing a shirt that says. "I'm the Villain."   When fights break out in this movie, it;'s hard for me to tell who is winning.  The camera moves around so much I have no idea of who the victor is until it is over.   Also we find out that when Bryan has his eyes covered with a sack he has some sort of weird super telepathic powers that help him see things far away.  He can pin point where he is by certain sounds.  Now that's impressive but if that's true he should have seen the attackers coming from miles away, but maybe it's just one of those things that only works when it needs to.

I was a huge fan of the first movie because it surprised me, and I seeing Mr.Neeson fight to get his daughter back was very exciting.  This one lack any tension or excitement the first one had.   It wasn't boring but it wasn't thrilling either.  I did like hearing two songs from the soundtrack to "Drive" in this, so it wasn't that big of a loss.







20 comments:

  1. Didn't know those two songs were from Drive - good hear you have to catch that. I only had a passing interest in the first 'Taken' so the 2nd one really did nothing for me.

    But if you want to see Liam Neeson doing something different, see him do comedy: http://youtu.be/sqA577_IoBk

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    1. I saw that both "Real Hero" by College featuring Electric Youth and Tick of the Clock by Chromatics were listed at the end of the credits.

      That was great a great find for the video, thanks for posting. I loved the improve scene with Ricky Gervais. He makes lists,lol.

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  2. I think camera moved a lot during the fights to conceal that age has caught up with the mighty Liam Neeson. Although his hands are moving fairly quick, you can actually see that he actually stays in the same spot. The camera editing did well to hide things like that. The same when he was running.

    I hope there isn't a 3rd film, like Bryan Mills said at the end: "I'm tired!"

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    1. Liam Neeson has proved he can do action. I hope he can prove that he is a good actor and take on dramatic roles again. Thank you for commenting

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  3. Oh Vern! I just love your blog! I laughed out loud at the end of a terrible day. You are the wind beneath my wings, buddy!

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    1. That is the nicest thing I have heard today. Thank you Rebecca I love your blog as well. Check out JollyBuzz on the side bar people. It's a lot of fun.

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  4. Y'know, I always laugh now every time I see pics of Liam being his bad ass self, but I did enjoy the first TAKEN so I'll probably rent this one. It's getting ridiculous though as Liam doesn't seem interested playing another type of role nowadays.

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    1. It could have done something different with the story and be a really good movie, but it's just another copy of the first one. Thanks for commenting Ruth

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  5. Ya know, I was expecting something bad........but I liked it. I did. I gave it 4/5 because it was just...fun. The story was really stupid, sure. I just liked the action. Same reason why I loved Matrix Reloaded.

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Many people liked that movie and if you did that is awesome. It just suffered from being a sequel. A lot of the things Mr. Neeson did in this one did not match what he did in previous ones. Would you agree it would have worked better without the whole kidnapping element being used again. Go a different route

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    2. Absolutely. I actually think in the long run, and in the action elements it felt like the other. Sure, it felt a little similar in the beginning with the kidnapping, but well...that's who those villains are aren't they? Here was my main issue...these villains from the first film are like red shirts from "Star Trek", there just to die. Neeson's character should have made a big enough impact not to mess with him again, but...ya know...whatever. It's fun.

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