Lee and I had both been looking forward to this one after enjoying the first film and despite the fact that sequels can often be a disappointment, the trailer looked great and things looked promising!
The premise of the sequel is that Liam Neeson’s character has to do some work in Istanbul and he’s invited his ex-wife and daughter to join him when the work finishes because the ex-wife and her current husband are separating and she wants to do something with her daughter for spring break.
In the mean time the families of the bad guys (who ran the prostitution ring) from the first film have decided to seek revenge on Liam and have hunted him down to Istanbul (having also found out that his ex wife and daughter are with him) and manage to ‘take’ him and his wife before he’s able to stop them. His daughter wasn’t with them at the time and basically the film is how they get out of another sticky situation with the daughter taking on a bit more of a pro-active role!
In all honesty, the premise of the film worked well so I wasn’t surprised that this was more or less like for like because it’s clever and very watchable. It felt like there wasn’t a moment to breathe during the entire film and poor Lee’s hand must have lost all feeling because I was gripping it so tightly! I like my action movies with a lot of action and this certainly served it up well because one of the aspects of the Taken films is normally various time-pressures to get to the people who need rescuing so things get intense! The aspect of Liam’s character’s abilities and knowledge also proved as entertaining in this film as it did in the first so well worth seeing for those bits alone!
Lots of thrills and adrenaline, moderately good acting and constant entertainment – despite being a sequel, I’d say it’s as good as the first, great viewing!