Taken-2 – Movie Review
Posted by FATEMA H.KAGALWALA on October 14, 2012 | No Comments
PRODUCER – Luc Besson
DIRECTOR – Olivier Megaton
WRITER – Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen
CAST – Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen, Rade Sherbedgia
MUSIC – Nathaniel Méchaly
An old spy knows it all; he has the edge of experience. And if he is a patriarch, then an added spur of protective love to take on challenges with super-human talent. Liam Neeson does something similar in Taken – 2, second part to the franchise of the successful 2008 film, Taken. Plot, characters and action drama all remain the same with the same actors of the earlier film reprising their roles here. However, Taken-2 is slicker, faster and more exotic than its predecessor.
Essentially a revenge-n-escape drama, it revolves around Bryan Mills and his estranged wife Lenore taken as hostages by Albanian mafia head Murad Krasniqi (Rade Sherbedgia) whose son Mills killed in the earlier film. Murad seeks retribution but for Mills it is more than saving his own life. The lives of his wife, with whom he wishes to reunite, and daughter Kim (Maggie Grace), whom he dotes on, are in danger and the spy, husband and father in Mills all rise upto the challenge of the moment in an ecstatic hyper-drive.
Set in Istanbul, the film is a consummate action thriller with Neeson as the central hero. Tough, unbreakable and immensely resourceful, his character single-handedly takes his family safely through mortal dangers. No obstacle is too big, no challenge too confounding and in dire straits he is even willing to guide the daughter he is overly-possessive about, through several perils, most of which he guides her through serial tele-communication.
Taken-2 is that sort of an action film that unabashedly celebrates the will and invincibility of a hero who is a one-man army. Hence, Neeson can do everything – a super-man without super-powers. And Liam Neeson, at 60 becomes an enthralling superman to root for. Instead of coming in the way, his age provides the character with a maturity that helps us take it seriously. Besides Neeson’s grave and soft demeanour naturally lends itself to inform his character as someone we instantly applaud and relate to. Swifter than wind he performs chases, fights and more (of course helped largely by a smart editing hand) and we are satisfied to see him win it all. Famke Janssen, on her part has little to do as the helpless wife but her performance holds attention as does that of Maggie Grace in what is a Neeson caper all-through.
Mounted on an exotic scale, Taken-2 boasts of innumerable action sequences crafted for pure visceral delight. It is all very fast and smart without blood and gore but has enough thrills in the chases and one-up-manship of the mind combats. It never rises beyond the conventional, never delves deeper into family dynamics or characters and neither does it aspire to. It is an action film that the writer-director prefer to keep it on-the-surface entertainment. Like its predecessor, it also aims to provide mere 2 hours of chills and thrills and celebration of a dynamic hero we all love to love. And that quite suffices.