Taken 2 (2012) - Rotten Tomatoes

Taken 2 (2012)



Critic Consensus: Taken 2 is largely bereft of the kinetic thrills -- and surprises -- that made the original a hit.

Movie Info

Liam Neeson returns as Bryan Mills, the retired CIA agent with a "particular set of skills" who stopped at nothing to save his daughter Kim from kidnappers. When the father of one of the villains Bryan killed swears revenge, and takes Bryan and his wife hostage in Istanbul, Bryan enlists Kim to help them escape. Bryan then employs his unique tactics to get his family to safety and systematically take out the kidnappers, one by one. -- (C) Official Sitemore
Rating: PG-13 (for intense sequences of violence and action, and some sensuality)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 15, 2013
Box Office: $139.9M
20th Century Fox - Official Site


Liam Neeson
as Bryan Mills
Maggie Grace
as Kim Mills
Kevork Malikyan
as Inspector Durmaz
Frank Alvarez
as Car Wash Attendant
Murat Tuncelli
as Custom Officer Alban...
Cengiz Bozkurt
as Border Guard #1
Hakan Karaman
as Reception Clerk
Aclan Buyukturkoglu
as Cheikh's Aide
Mehmet Polat
as Hotel Driver
Yilmaz Kovan
as Hotel Thug #1
Erdogan Yavuz
as Hotel Thug #2
Luran Ahmeti
as Hotel Thug #3
Cengiz Daner
as Hotel Duty Officer
Melis Erman
as Maid Lockers
Ugur Ugural
as Man in Street
Olivier Rabourdin
as Jean-Claude
Michael Vander-Meire...
as Jean-Claude's Driver
Rochelle Gregorie
as Jean-Claude's Concie...
as Driving Instructor
Emre Melemez
as Hammam Attendant
Ilkay Akdagli
as Albanian Intelligenc...
Nathan Rippy
as Newsreader
Atilla Pekoz
as Border Guard #2
Serdar Okten
as Custom Officer #1
Mesut Makul
as Custom Officer #3
Mustafa Akin
as Custom Officer #3
Murat Karatas
as Police Man Car #1
Cuneyt Yanar
as Police Man Car #2
Baris Adem
as Police Man Antique #...
Hasan Karagulle
as Police Man Antique #...
Ahmet Orhan Ozcam
as Taxi Driver Kim
Melike Acar
as Pool Attendant
Yasemin Yeltekin
as Pool Waiter
Baris Aydin
as Pool Man Newspaper
Adil Sak
as Coffin Puller
Bekir Aslantas
as Coffin Puller
Ercan Kurt
as Coffin Puller
Cetin Arik
as Coffin Puller
Tamer Avkapan
as Hammam Cop
Eraslan Saglam
as Antique Shop #1
Mohamed Mouh
as Antique Shop #2 Phot...
Erdinc Durul Atkaya
as Bryan Photo Db/Stand...
Cheyenne Core
as Kim Photo Db/
Luenell Campbell
as Driving Instructor
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Critic Reviews for Taken 2

All Critics (163) | Top Critics (34)

A sloppy, lazy, unintentionally laughable sequel.

Full Review… | October 14, 2012
Richard Roeper.com
Top Critic

More of the same, but what's in its favor, is Neeson's never-failing man's man toughness, which goes a long way in making for an entertaining film.

Full Review… | October 24, 2014
Lyles' Movie Files

The follow-up has less action, less energy, less Liam Neeson awesomeness - in other words less of everything that people liked about the first one.

Full Review… | July 20, 2013

I surrender! I simply cannot absorb another fist, bullet or knife thrust into my atrophying brain by a hyperventilating Liam Neeson in the name of his stupid, twitty movie daughter, Kim.

Full Review… | May 26, 2013
The Patriot Ledger

"Taken 2" is really, really goofy -- it's even goofier because it thinks it's about the futility of vengeance -- but Liam Neeson almost makes you buy it.

Full Review… | February 12, 2013

Taken 2 is content to play out as a familiar and lesser version of its predecessor.

Full Review… | February 4, 2013
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

Audience Reviews for Taken 2

For what it's worth, "Taken 2" it's not a particularly good film, but is it the travesty some people are making it out to be? No. It retreads pretty much the same territory as the original, and for a film that already wasn't original to begin with, that is not saying much. "Taken 2" follows the families of the victims of the first film, seeking vengeance against Bryan's (Liam Neeson) family. He and his wife are taken and he then gives his specific set of skills to his daughter, training her over the phone. It has some pretty intense sequences, but the action is not quite as good, the writing is foamed in, and the editing it's pretty convoluted and kinetic, sometimes working and sometimes not. This film succeeds for what it's worth, which is not much. I call this a cash grab that works. It can be a fun time, but lifeless like the first, and not as good.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer


How can the same shit happen to the same guy twice? get a new line of work maybe. Neeson is back and he's badder than before, well not really but he still kicks ass at his ripe old age and he hasn't forgotten his black leather coat either.

Follow up to the very good original and your first thoughts are is this really needed? The first film was a kind of slick 'Ronin' kick ass machine but can you really do the same again without it being a rehash? well yes and no.

Its a nice idea that we see the aftermath of what the hero did in the last film. He kills all the bad guys and saves the day, but what about those baddie henchmen he bagged? what about their families and friends? no one really wonders how they would feel and its not been explored too much. So this plot about one particular bad guys family (father) wanting revenge on Neeson's character is kinda neat but also kinda stretched. If you think about it the concept could just go on and on, every bad guy killed having one of their family members coming after the hero for revenge.

There are quite a few silly moments in this film I must admit. For a start Neeson's character works out where he is pretty quickly after he's been kidnapped. So before you know it he's contacted his daughter with his trusty batphone thingy hidden in his sock (of course) and well on the way to be rescued, job done, film over then.

The sequence where he instructs his daughter to throw grenades left right n centre so he can listen for the explosion and calculate where he is, is also rather daft. Surely live grenades going off in downtown Istanbul might raise some alerts? wouldn't anyone hear this? if Mills can hear it in his dank prison surely other folk at street level can hear it no?

That also leads to the fact that when Mills is kidnapped it appears that he and his wife are driven quite a long distance away, possibly out of the city. We then learn through the grenade throwing sequence that he is in fact not very far away a tall, almost around the corner actually. His daughter can virtually see where he's been taken from the rooftop for gods sake!

Then there is the car chase which again is very 'Ronin' like in style and visuals. Now this chase is actually very good and very well done, I enjoyed it a lot, kudos. Thing is, Mills daughter can't drive, we know this from earlier in the film. Americans tend to drive automatic cars, the Merc they both escape in is a manual, but somehow this doesn't stop Mills daughter managing to drive this Euro manual like a rally driver through the narrow bustling streets of Istanbul.

Oh and Mills manages to find his wife pretty quickly and easily towards the end too, just a stroll in the park, blip! your dead. Unfortunately we also discover that the main bad guy Murad has two sons who will come after Mills if he is killed, so I guess that's 'Taken 3' then.

Despite all the silly bits and the fact the whole plot is weak and not really important, I did actually enjoy this film quite a bit. The visuals are glossy with good editing, sound and camera work, score does the trick nicely and of course the acting isn't too shabby either. I have read a lot of negative reviews for this film but I can't see why really. Sure its not as good or original as the first film but you get what you pay for.

Neeson bitch slapping balding unshaven Eastern European bad guys, a slamming car chase and all created with smooth eye popping French (yes French!) va va voom.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

A decent though completely ridiculous sequel concerning a retired CIA agent (Liam Neeson) and how he and his wife are taken hostage by the father of the men he killed when rescuing his daughter from sex slave traders in France. Neeson, as always, is fantastic to watch and completely likable, and even though the story takes some ridiculous liberties, this is an action movie at the end of the day. It does not pretend to break the mold, rather to offer a competent sequel to fans that enjoyed the first movie so much. It does not quite reach that status, there are some points when this movie is completely laughable, but it is still largely entertaining and enjoyable.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

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