Over the past several years Liam Neeson has made a name for himself as a big budget action star unhindered by his age. The pinnacle of that action career came in 2008 with the film Taken, in which Neeson plays an ex-CIA operative hell-bent on recovering his kidnapped daughter. This fall, Neeson will be returning to the role that established him as a cinematic tour-de-force in Taken 2.

The newest international trailer for Taken 2 has released and it doesn’t mince words; the trailer sets up the film’s plot perfectly and showcases the important elements from the first film audiences hoped to see return. More importantly it confirms Taken 2 is a sequel through and through, increasing the stakes and upping the action.

As we’d expect the film’s plot is sufficiently set up by the trailer, without too much revealed in regards to the intricacies of Bryan Mills’ (Liam Neeson) plan to recover his kidnapped family member. This time around it’s not Maggie Grace’s character Kim that is “taken” but Famke Janssen’s Lenore, ex-wife to Brian.

Neeson had teased early on that Taken 2 would feature his character being captured along with Janssen’s, but as the trailer shows that doesn’t last long before he’s on a furious search to recover his ex-wife from the father of one of Taken‘s villains, played by Rade Serbedzija.

The trailer ticks all the boxes fans would expect out of a Taken sequel – Neeson giving a fatalistic telephone speech, car chases, and explosions – but it’s surprisingly devoid of the trademark throat punches from the original. Hand-to-hand combat is still present in some scenes, but it appears this sequel favors gunplay over anything else.

Director Olivier Megaton (Colombiana, Transporter 3) brings an eye for action that should fall in line with original director Pierre Morel’s vision. Morel, like Megaton, is a progeny of acclaimed French director Luc Besson. Besson has been out of the action film directing business for quite some time, but has helped foster several young and up-and-coming directors, usually by having them helm his scripts.

The process started first with Louis Leterrier – who has since gone on to direct major Hollywood productions like The Incredible Hulk and Wrath of the Titans – and has continued through Morel and now Megaton. Taken 2‘s box office take won’t necessarily spell a bright future for Olivier, but it would put him on a path to success.

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