The Roles Have Been Reversed
Coming to theaters this October is the sequel to the 2008 French thriller, Taken 2. In the newly released international trailer, it seems retired CIA operative Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) and his wife (Famke Janssen) are now the target for some pissed off Albanian men.
In the first film, Taken, Mills’ daughter (Maggie Grace) is kidnapped along with her friend while staying at a beautiful apartment in Paris. In natural Liam Neeson fashion, her father is pissed, and has to turn up his ass-kicking abilities in order to track and find his daughter before it’s too late. To make matters worse, Mills finds out that his daughter was abducted by the Albanian mafia who just so happen to specialize in selling teens into sex slavery. Directed by French cinematographer Pierre Morel, Taken is a fast-paced, action packed, full throttle thriller that made over $200 million at the box office.
While the concept of the film wasn’t exactly unique, especially for a Liam Neeson film, it was the realism and heart-felt father-daughter relationship that kept audiences captivated. The film brought to life the bonds of family, and showed the lengths that a father would go to in order to save his own kin.
So as for the next chapter in the Taken saga, French director Oliver Megaton, famous for other films like Transporter 3 and Columbiana, will step up to the plate. While I’m usually not a fan of switching directors for sequels, as it can drastically change the feel of a film, that might be just what Taken 2 needs.
In the first film, we follow Mills on his journey to save his taken daughter, it seems the tables might be turned as Mills is taken, and mustrely on his daughter for saving. Usually the benefits of having Liam Neeson in your film is that, at worst, he’s a badass fighter, but in this film, I wonder how much fighting he’ll be doing, and how much he’ll have outsourced onto his daughter. Given, if she was trained by her father, then audiences desiring the action-packed punch offered by the last Taken, have little to fret over.
It’s been nearly four years since the release of Taken but it appears Taken 2 will pick up right where it left off. Check back with ReelMovieNation.com for more information about the international release of Taken 2.This film hits theaters October 5th, 2012.
2nd International Movie Trailer for ‘Taken 2′