Taken 2 (2012)



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

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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 Site
PG-13 (for intense sequences of violence and action, and some sensuality)
Mystery & Suspense
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Liam Neeson
as Bryan Mills
Maggie Grace
as Kim Mills
Famke Janssen
as Lenore
Luke Grimes
as Jamie
Kevork Malikyan
as Inspector Durmaz
Frank Alvarez
as Car Wash Attendant
Murat Tuncelli
as Custom Officer Albania
Cengiz Bozkurt
as Border Guard #1
Hakan Karaman
as Reception Clerk
Saruhan Sari
as Waiter
Naci Adiguzel
as Cheikh
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
Erkan Ucuncu
as Barber
Ugur Ugural
as Man in Street
Olivier Rabourdin
as Jean-Claude
Michael Vander-Meiren
as Jean-Claude's Driver
Rochelle Gregorie
as Jean-Claude's Concierge
as Driving Instructor
Emre Melemez
as Hammam Attendant
Ilkay Akdagli
as Albanian Intelligence Officer
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 #1
Hasan Karagulle
as Police Man Antique #2
Remzi Sezgin
as Cop #2
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 Photo Db
Erdinc Durul Atkaya
as Bryan Photo Db/Stand-In
Cheyenne Core
as Kim Photo Db/
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Critic Reviews for Taken 2

All Critics (165) | Top Critics (35)

A sloppy, lazy, unintentionally laughable sequel.

Full Review… | October 14, 2012
Richard Roeper.com
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A meta-American movie, a Godardian spoof of the whole genre, an attempt to see how stupid and insulting a motion picture can be and still be a big hit.

Full Review… | October 6, 2012
Top Critic

Taken 2 is more of the same, except a little bigger, a little dumber, and a little less invigorating.

Full Review… | October 6, 2012
Top Critic

So lazily put together that it relies on flashbacks from its predecessor for the majority of its character development.

Full Review… | October 5, 2012
Top Critic

Neeson, despite having turned 60 in June, looks spritely enough in the role, and more than capable of another go-round should Taken 2 match its predecessor's success.

Full Review… | October 5, 2012
Top Critic

As much as this picture is action driven, its greatest delights are grounded in personality, in the fun of having a protagonist who combines homespun values with velociraptor functionality.

Full Review… | October 5, 2012
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Taken 2


Fast, well edited and somewhat entertaining but also entirely underwhelming, unsurprising and occasionally downright ridiculous. Even Liam Neeson can't change that.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer


This cheap sequel is basically a rehash of the first movie, only with a few changes to make it look original - something that not even that previous chapter was. And it is less exciting and even more implausible.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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

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