Brian Mills (Liam Neeson) has a very particular set of skills, acquired over a very long CIA career. He has skills that make him a nightmare for people who not only try to kidnap his daughter, as done in 2008’s “Taken,” but even more of a nightmare for people who try to kidnap his entire family, as done in the sequel, “Taken 2.”
I honestly enjoyed the first movie when it came out. It was a thriller, it was different, and it was not set up in any way to have a sequel. Or so I thought.
When commercials came out over the summer for this second installment, I was not excited. I mean, what more could you possibly add on to a story that already ended happily? In the first film, the daughter gets kidnapped, Neeson flies to Europe, somehow finds his daughter in a city of 12 million people within 72 hours, single-handedly fights/kills dozens of men, and returns home to America with his daughter. Boom. Great movie.
Although I was not expecting “Taken 2,” directed by Olivier Megaton, to be any better than the first, I now have to say it might just be.
I don’t want to ruin the movie for those of you who have yet to see it, but I will say that Megaton does a fantastic job of making the reason to be “taken” again seem so believable. I was a little skeptical about how the director was going to present the plot, but it worked out very nicely. Usually in action movies we are used to people dying left and right without anything being said about it; it’s just what happens in action movies. But this movie brings to light what happens when those deaths don’t go unnoticed, when the family members seek vengeance on their killer.
Rade Serbedzija, who plays the villain Murad Krasniqi in this movie, is the father of the European sex slave kidnapper, Marko, from the original. Murad wants to not only get Neeson, but his entire family for the death of his son. But when you’re going against Neeson’s character, Brian Mills, winning isn’t an option. Not with his particular set of skills.
I wholeheartedly recommend “Taken 2” for those of you who enjoyed the first one. I promise you won’t be disappointed. For those of you who want to see it without watching the first, that’s OK too. It’s not entirely necessary, since you’re still going to enjoy it.
“But if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you ... ”
Sorry ... I had to throw the famous quote of the franchise in here somewhere!
• Kendyl Comiskey is a senior at West Valley High School and a member of Yakima Herald-Republic’s Unleashed journalism program for high school students.