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Four years ago Luc Besson took us to Paris in the action-packed thriller Taken, in which CIA agent Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) hunts down his daughter after she is kidnapped by a gang of thugs who are in the business of sex trafficking. After tracking them down, killing every single one of them and transporting his daughter back to the land of the free (where bad things supposedly never happen), Neeson is in trouble again as the big boss and father of a gang member murdered by Mills seeks revenge.
After developing a cult following and making a bona fide action man out of Neeson with the first movie, Besson gives us another dose of the same medicine with this sequel, but this time Istanbul is the playground and a more serious first foray is now a not-so-sweet clichéd ride. It’s entertaining enough, but a little more effort wouldn’t have gone a miss. We ultimately know how the film is going to end but it wouldn’t have hurt Besson to create a more plausible, surprising and thrilling journey - even though he does (unintentionally, I’m sure) humour us: “your mother and I are about to be TAKEN’!
Bad dialogue aside, though, we are treated to some nice helicopter shots of Istanbul and, while the script is lazy, Neeson and Co. are enjoyable to watch. They're clearly in on the joke so why not play along too for a couple of hours?
More of the same. No harm in watching it if you liked the first one.