Sequel's 'skills' don't cut it


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The slain sons and brothers of the Albanian mafia are seeking revenge on former CIA agent Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) and his "very particular set of skills" in action thriller Taken 2. For those unfamiliar with the first episode, Mills' skill set saved his daughter, Kim (Maggie Grace), and in the process wiped out a gang of baddies.

In the sequel, Mills, his daughter and ex-wife Lenore (Famke Janssen) are on holiday in Istanbul, Turkey. Mills and Lenore are captured, but the former manages to phone Kim and coaches her on how to set them free. Then it's up to Mills to wipe out the few remaining villains and end this saga once and for all.

There's a potentially awesome scene involving the speed of sound and calculating distance, but it's just not well executed. Besides, unleashing grenades on the streets of Istanbul would attract police attention, but here the cops are nowhere to be seen.

Neeson is an older, wiser, more prudent version of Matt Damon's Jason Bourne. Yes, the Bourne series has always been about the cool spy tactics, as is Taken. But with Bourne, you're pulled into the character and want to stick around to get the details of his grisly history. But Taken 2 is less satisfying: by the end you're wishing the whole kidnap-revenge saga will hurry up and end.

YP Rating: 2/5

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