Reviews: Taken 2 (2012)

Reviews for this film from our members:

  • Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
    • Excerpt: Compared to the balletic savagery of the first Taken, what we see here is far less intense, or creative.
  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: “Taken 2” was exactly what I expected and wanted from the experience. It has the similar action elements, gunplay and fighting, and it’s fun to watch this imposing 60-year-old kick butt.
  • Stephen Carty @ Flix Capacitor
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: After the setup, the movie’s scenarios alternate between routine and ridiculous.
  • Kimberly Gadette @ doddle
    • Excerpt: Idiotic lines abound, such as during a car chase the father exhorts his daughter to, “Go faster, go faster!” “I can’t, I can’t!” she cries in response. Perhaps the family is hoping to bore the killers to death with redundancy.
  • Susan Granger @
    • Excerpt: Generic and mind-numbing, it leaves the door open for another, perhaps inevitable, installment.
  • Richard Gray @ The Reel Bits
    • Excerpt: A disappointingly hollow second outing that might raise the body count, but is also lighter on the fun.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @
    • Excerpt: If this is any indication, Taken 3 will be nothing but Liam Neeson running around whatever European city ponies up the biggest tax credits, growling and beating up random swarthy passersby who look at him askew. It would be only a tiny step below this.
  • Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer
  • Matt Looker @
    • Excerpt: When Liam Neeson uses his particular set of skills – y’know, the ones that he has acquired over a very long career – to hunt you down, it turns out that what he’ll do to you is nothing compared to the butchering you’ll receive in the editing suite afterwards.
  • [New – 1/17] | Matthew Lucas @ From the Front Row
    • Excerpt: Made me long for the relative subtlety of Dirty Harry.
  • Jason McKiernan @ Next Projection
    • Excerpt: If CBS optioned a crappy TV adaptation called “Taken: The Series,” Taken 2 resembles what a pointless midseason episode might look like.
  • Brent McKnight @ Beyond Hollywood
    • Excerpt: Simple, predictable to the point where any tension evaporates, “Taken 2” resembles a cinematic slap fight.
  • Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: While the movie works efficiently when Mills is driving the plot, it suffers from its decision to saddle him with more of his family this time around, with both the movie and the character almost weighed down.
  • Jason Pirodsky @
    • Excerpt: Toned-down and dumbed down, with incoherent action scenes and a nonsensical plot, Taken 2 is a huge disappointment that lacks everything that made the first film fun.
  • Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: Slightly better than the original maybe because it doesn’t try as hard.
  • Márcio Sallem @ Cinema com Crítica [Portuguese]
    • Excerpt: (…) se Busca Implacável 2 serve para provar algo é que Luc Besson tornou-se o Adam Sandler do cinema de ação.
  • Tom Santilli @
    • Excerpt: At one point in the film, Neeson’s character even says that he’s done. That he’s tired of all of this. I couldn’t agree more.
  • Amir Siregar @ Flick Magazine [Indonesian]
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guy’s Opinion
    • Excerpt: Strangely unexciting despite its ferocity.
  • Ed Whitfield @ The Ooh Tray
    • Excerpt: An early review of Olivier Megaton’s redundant sequel.
  • George Zervopoulos @ Movies Ltd [Greek]

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