By Kate Rodger
It seems kidnappers have become the bane of Liam Neeson's life.
In the original Taken, it was his daughter, and the film spawned one of the most quotable movie scenes of recent times:
"I don't know who you are,” said Neeson in the scene.
“I don't know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don't have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you.
“If you let my daughter go now, that'll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don't, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you.”
Unfortunately you won't find much to quote with this sequel, but I suspect the success of the first will be enough to secure it a decent box office anyway.
Neeson's Bryan Mills takes a security gig in Istanbul, inviting his ex-wife and daughter over to join him for a holiday.
Things go pear-shaped pretty quickly as the bad guys from last time track him down to seek revenge for Bryan’s killing spree of their blood brothers.
Soon Bryan is ‘taken’, along with his ex-flame, and must initiate his daughter into his kick-arse ways in order to save them all.
I can certainly see the action entertainment value in the original Taken but this sequel pales in comparison on almost every level.
Neeson is of course the best thing about it, as he was first time around, but this is an otherwise mostly lacklustre follow-up with a couple of truly jaw-droppingly stupid moments.
:: Director: Olivier Megaton
:: Starring: Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen, Rade Sherbedgia, Luke Grimes
:: Running Time: 94 mins
:: Rating: M - contains violence
:: Release Date: October 11, 2012
:: Trailer: Watch here