Monday, October 22, 2012
Taken 2 review
Taken was released in 2008, and was never expected to become the international hit that it did. In fact, it was supposed to be released straight to DVD at one point. Luckily for all of us, it wasn't and we all got to experience Pierre Morel direct Liam Neeson in a great action film. Luc Beeson is back, as writer and producer of Taken 2. Liam Neeson returns, this time directed by Olivier Megaton. Famke Janssen also returns as Neeson's ex-wife; and Maggie Grace (who was taken in the first film), returns to play his daughter. In this sequel, the father of a man Neeson kills in the first film, seeks revenge for his death. The villain is played by Rade Serbedzija. Let's go!
What I liked about the film:
Fast Paced Storytelling
Megaton definitely gets the credit here. He keeps the story going. Even when the main characters are in just one location, the story is constantly moving forward. That's as vague as it gets without giving anything away. But I can tell you that the camera angles, swooping shots, and choice of lighting, show Istanbul in a way we've never seen it before on film. The past paced storytelling is solidified when we realize most of the movie takes place over the course of just one day.
Neeson and Janssen must escape their captors, and they need Grace to help them do so. Using a spy sized phone, Neeson gives her very simple, step by step instructions to Grace. In my opinion, this was a clever way to include Grace in the action. Ignoring how absurd it is of course.
What I didn't like about the film:
No character arcs
There is absolutely no arc to these characters. Minus a romantic element to the main characters, there are the same people at the end of the film, that they were at the beginning of the film. The same goes for the villain, just an empty, lame duck bad guy. Serbedzija is a great actor too, it's too bad there wasn't better material written for him. He's reduced to nothing more than a statue in a penthouse awaiting updates from his henchmen.
Same movie, just with a high gloss finish
Still a fun movie