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‘Taken 2’ wins over viewers with thrilling action scenes

By Jonathan M. Gornet ’14

“Taken 2” starring Liam Neeson
8 out of 10

When I first decided to watch “Taken 2,” I did not know what to expect.

I thought it would be a movie about the same girl getting kidnapped, and the whole storyline starts over just like the first “Taken.”

After watching through the film, I thought it was a success.  Instead of following the same plot of the first movie, it had a twist to it.

This movie takes place in Istanbul with the same captors of Bryan Wills’ (Liam Neeson) daughter, Kim (Maggie Grace).  This time they are vowing revenge over Bryan for killing all of Kim’s abductors.

But while the abductors are vowing revenge, Bryan heads to Istanbul with his family for a vacation.  Then everything goes in disarray soon after.

This film had many rising action scenes, each bigger than the preceding one. It was very fascinating to see how the first movie connected with the second one through the original antagonists being presented again.

My recommendation though for watching “Taken 2” is to watch the first “Taken.” There are many references to the original movie and this is especially important for understanding the plot in the new movie.

For those who love action movies, this one is a great one to watch.

One negative part about the movie was even though the movie’s plot worked perfectly with the first movie, it was still somewhat complicated.

Also I felt like the director was too soft when the family in the end live happily ever after and everything is going to be great when obviously there is still more abductors out there vowing revenge.

All in all, I thought that the movie was very interesting, and appreciated how the plot was set up was quite different to the original one.  I loved the action especially and how the movie is presented.

I would give this movie 8 out of 10.

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