Trailer Tuesday: Taken 2

bill bodkin and logan j. fowler get abducted…

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Theater, Rent, No Thanks, Undecided? Rent. Let the movie gods bring fire down upon me for this, but I’ve never seen the original Taken. I know, I know, it’s probably a crime. Liam Neeson playing a bad ass dad who saves his daughter by completely owning her kidnappers by proving he’s a force to be reckoned with. The sequel is the same idea, only with Neeson’s wife (Famke Janssen) being the one kidnapped. I would like to see both of these honestly but maybe I’ll just wait for Taken 2 to hit the DVD market so I can double up on this series for a stay at home Friday or Saturday night. –LJF

Theater, Rent, No Thanks, Undecided? Theater. The original Taken was seriously badass. Was it an amazingly well-crafted film…no, but it was pure escapist fun. In Taken 2, we see Liam Neeson returning to kick even more ass including that of Rade Serbedzija AKA the best Russian/Eastern European villain character actor of the past 20 years. Now, I’m a bit concerned that Maggie Grace, who plays Neeson’s daughter, is going to be a bit out of place in aiding her pops in ass-kicking. I don’t think she’s going to be very believable, however, I think Neeson’s sheer presence can mask her faults. It’s a trait the actor has had well before his foray into action flicks — he’s always been to elevate or at least overshadow poor performances by his co-stars. So in closing, Taken 2, yes please. –BB

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