Wow, ok so I guess what we have here is just one crazy step in the wrong direction—literally. Luc Besson again proves that he has absolutely zero talent in writing and producing for other filmmakers—despite his own genius as director.
This has got to be the worst movie of the year so far, next to Lockout which was also produced by Besson. Taken 2 was directed by Olivier Megaton?, a Frenchman, whom also brought us vertiginous masterpieces such as Transporter 3 and Columbiana. It is no surprise that this movie was just one banal scene of atrocity after another. The movie started poorly with ridiculous editing and mise en scéne. Liam Neeson looks disheveled and uncool for most of his time onscreen and really just becomes his own fatuous caricature. I feel that his voiced track was raised to an obscene level so that we, the audience, could bask in his gritty ferociousness. Effing Daft.
This film was so bad that it might one day become a cult favorite. That is to say, it actually was enjoyable—jocular in the extreme. My favorite part has to be when Neeson's daughter roams around the streets of Istanbul launching grenades with relative abandon to give him an idea of her location—classic just classic. The lines are delivered so poorly and abstractly, even in normal dialogue scenes, that it makes one wonder how this director has survived till now. It's films like this that make you appreciate good direction, like the first Taken (however silly), and how it can make all the difference. Taken 2 was plain sloppy, amateur detritus.
Recommended Viewing: Taken - The Next Three Days - The A-Team (Yes I enjoyed this)
Bob Scale: The Critic: 3.0 - The Fan: 5.5
Rotten Tomatoes: 19
IMDB: 7.4!!!-holy crap