‘Taken 2′ International Trailer #2: Liam Neeson & His Wife Are Taken

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We have a second, shorter, and subtitled international trailer for Taken 2. The Luc Besson sequel picks up with Bryan “Man with a Particular Set of Skills” Mills (Liam Neeson) as he spends some leisure time with his ex-wife (Famke Janssen) and daughter (Maggie Grace) in Istanbul. It turns out that vacationing in Europe is just not something members of the Mills clan should ever do, as the family is tracked down by Albaian criminals seeking vengeance for their slaughtered brothers (from the first film).

This new international promo also includes a pivotal plot point glossed over in the first Taken 2 international trailer: that both Mills and his wife end up being held hostage at some point.

The latest footage compilation from Taken 2 otherwise hits all the action beats you would expect – including, a car chase/shootout where Mills drives backwards, and a moment bound to prompt feelings of déjà vu, where Mills informs his daughter of the dangerous situations (via cell phone). Fans need not fret about the “Mills being taken” setup, though, as Neeson will clearly get his fair share of (onscreen) killing done before the end credits start to role.

Meanwhile, Grace gets to showcase her action heroine chops with an expanded, proactive role in Taken 2 (and not repeat her damsel-in-distress turn from the first movie). The sight of Grace leap-frogging from rooftop to rooftop like Jason Bourne - and teaming up with her old man to kick some serious ass – offers a refreshing contrast to the somewhat too familiar scenarios teased in both of the film’s international promos.

taken 2 liam neeson maggie grace Taken 2 International Trailer #2: Liam Neeson & His Wife Are Taken

Liam Neeson and Maggie Grace in 'Taken 2'

Taken series writers Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen appear to have devised reasonable justification for a sequel with this revenge-driven storyline. On the spectacle side: Taken 2 director Olivier Megaton has demonstrated a knack for staging gritty, high-octane set pieces before (with Transporter 3 and Colombiana) and should deliver in the area of visceral thrills and violence. Add it all up, and it seems that we should be getting an adequate action movie sequel here (and then some, fingers crossed).

It’s very doubtful that Taken 2 will prove to be as much unadulterated fun as its predecessor, if only because the sequel doesn’t have the element of surprise on its side. Then again, crazier things have happened… right?

Taken 2 opens in U.S. theaters on October 5th, 2012.

Source: 20th Century Fox

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  1. I sooooo can’t wait for Taken 2 to come out. It’s going to be awesome.

  2. Yeah,same here ! Just love to see Liam kick Ass !
    Only worry is the Director for me…but still,hope its a Tour de Force !

  3. This looks to be more of a straight-up action thriller than the first.
    Which suits me just fine. I’m onboard. Liam Neeson, nuf’ said.

    I actually liked his film Unknown better than Taken which
    I recall came out the same year but fewer people saw it.

  4. I’m still looking forward to this movie, but I have my doubts with Megaton directing. Transporter 3 was OK, and Colombiana was garbage. Even the action sucked. And if anyone wishes to argue that point, then let me just remind you with this: toothbrush fight.

  5. Guys, for god’s sake please use some other video player! This one doesn’t go without buffering every two seconds, even when I leave it to load for ages.

    • I have never experience any load/play issues with our trailers.

      Vic

    • You may need an update to Flash Player or depending on your browser
      a rollback to an earlier version — buffering problems are being reported.

  6. Not sure who chose the photo, but our hero looks a bit carsick. So does…is that Maggie Grace behind the wheel? Apparently her driving leaves her tummy upset too. Or, better yet, whoever they jacked the car from was listening to some Bieber…explaining their faces completely.

  7. I think Liam will get a franchise rolling with this…long as this one makes money. This could be his Bourne franchise….

    http://seanshumbleopinion.com/2012/07/06/who-knew-liam-neeson-was-such-a-badass/

    Tell me what you think.

  8. Got to love movie villain logic, “Hey remember that crazy American who killed like 50 guys when he kidnapped his daughter and tried to sell her? Well the should kidnap HIM this time and then…..Oh damn he killed more guys…..”

  9. Can someone please tell me at the end of the grey is Liam neeson dead or not

    • There’s actually a post-credits scene, he was laying on the dead alpha wolf. That’s pretty much it

  10. I laughed my head off when a man on Britain’s Got More Talent impersonated Liam Neeson in the Taken phone scene. BGT contestant Paul Curran acted out the threatening speech but the judges weren’t impressed.

    I bet if Neeson auditioned for the talent show he wouldn’t be taken seriously either. However I’m looking forward to Taken 2.