‘Taken 2′ Trailer: Liam Neeson is Back Doing What He Does Best

Published 3 years ago by , Updated July 18th, 2013 at 9:38 am,

Liam Neeson officially became an onscreen action movie badass with the slow-burn success of the 2008/2009 film, Taken. Starring as Bryan Mills, an ex-CIA operative who comes crashing into the European sex-trafficking underworld to save his abducted daughter, the actor (who was in his late ’50s at the time) opened up a whole new lane for his acclaimed career.

With Taken 2, Neeson will be pushing age sixty, but that fact is seemingly irrelevant, as the official Taken 2 trailer proves that Mr. Neeson is as badass as ever.

Unlike the Taken 2 international trailers which provided a first taste of the sequel’s flavor, this domestic trailer starts things off on a happy note (rather than an ominous one). We see Mills and his (estranged?) family – ex-wife Lenore (Famke Janssen) and daughter Kim (Maggie Grace) – meeting up in Istanbul for an impromptu vacation, never realizing that the proverbial Sword of Damocles is dangling overhead. Every action provokes an equal and opposite reaction, and the ass-kicking that Mills did in the first film has left relatives of the dispatched Albanian sex-traffickers very sore, indeed. When the crooks come looking for payback, they try to use Bryan’s family as bait – a plan that is only partially successful.

The beauty of Taken 2 is that – unlike, say, Die Hard 2 - there is no major contrivance at work to put the main character in circumstances similar to what he experienced in the first film. Instead, screenwriter/producer Luc Besson and his frequent collaborator Robert Mark Kamen (The Fifth Element, The Transporter) have created a logical and organic way to continue the story. There’s even a great moment in the trailer where we can see the possiblity of Taken 3, as Mills – on the phone with his enemy – makes the observation that even he kills this new wave of baddies, their kin will inevitably rise up for vengeance…and will be promptly killed as well.

 Taken 2 Trailer: Liam Neeson is Back Doing What He Does Best

On the whole, things look promising for Taken 2, which will see a new director in the form of Olivier Megaton (Colombiana, Transporter 3). If there is one criticism to make in regards to this initial footage: the idea of Kim suddenly developing super-soldier skills like her hard-as-nails daddy does seem a little far-fetched. Then again, female warrior types are a popular trend at the moment, and Megaton has featured such characters in both of his aforementioned projects. While there’s a strong possibility that this sequel could turn out to be much more over-the-top than its predecessor, that should, yet and still, ensure a reasonably good time for audiences.

Taken 2 will be in theaters on October 5, 2012.

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  1. Stupid idea

  2. A lot of people looked passed taken when it first came out. I expect this one to be big at the box office

  3. Looks very entertaining and plausible! Glad it looks like there’s actually a good story for this follow-up and it won’t be going the Hangover Part 2 route…

    On another note, I wonder how Finding Nemo 2 will be, what with the same issue of the original movie’s structure and title not lending themselves to much variation….

  4. Formulaic but the formula works. The magic ingredient being Liam Neeson.

  5. I still find it strange that Liam’s been turned into an action star. But he does it well, so I’m not complaining. I’m also happy to see Rade playing the baddie here. He’s such a great actor.

  6. I loved the first one and this one looks promising. I just hope the daughter isn’t in this much, she was very annoying the first time round.

  7. Looks very good.

  8. “The beauty of Taken 2 is that – unlike, say, Die Hard 2 - there is no major contrivance at work to put the main character in circumstances similar to what he experienced in the first film”

    But that’s exactly what it is. A contrivance in every sense if the word. The situation has barely changed, he and his wife are ‘taken’ and is time his daughter must free them. Taken was a classic film, it came out of nowhere and was suddenly engrained in our concsiousnesses. The telephone call is now a piece of cinematic history.

    But it was a contained film. Absolutely no need for a sequel.

  9. I had this same feeling when they announced Home Alone 2 – really? Again?

    That said, Liam Neeson is a bad mutha and I will watch him kill a bunch of gypsies. Plus opportunity for Famke to be nekkid – yessir, I’ll be there.

  10. That last line in the trailer gave me chills. Almost as powerful and the “I will find you and kill you” line from the first. That man can sure deliver a death threat.

  11. will wait for reviews b/c it seems very ‘been there done that’. what made the 1st one so good is that it was different with a realistic hero (he got hurt, felt tired etc which made him feel real and not just an actor in a movie), this seems to be milking the franchise (more like actor) with the addition of ‘bigger and better’ action scenes.

    for general action fans, this year is shaping up to have one big explosion of action movies, which ones will actually be worth the money is yet to be decided.

  12. I hope Liam Neeson can make more Taken sequels… Taken 3, 4, 5 to 10 …
    He’s so bad ass on doing action films like this that you can’t get enough watching it over and over.

  13. I loved the first movie and look forward to seeing Taken 2! Liam Neeson is my favourite Irish actor and he has made some great movies including The A-Team and Unknown. Earlier this year a man from Derry acted out the phone call scene as an audition for Britain’s Got Talent. His name, Paul Curran and this is it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54dQ7UNBFl4

  14. Your mother will be taken….two. *looks at camera*

  15. Wasn’t the daughter the same girl that was in Lockdown or am I thinking of another one?

    • yes it’s her ofcourse..

  16. I think “Taken 2” looks promising as far as a sequel is concerned, especially after watching the first film earlier this week with my co-worker from Dish. This is not the first review where I’ve read Neeson’s age brought up; is this really a concern? I would hope for the sake of our country in which a retired father, who formerly worked in the field for the CIA, would be just like Liam Neeson’s character. Since my co-worker and I have been friends a long time and we are both away from our families this week, it was nice to have an alternative way to watch a movie using Dish Online. I hope that we get to the theaters for “Taken 2”, regardless I’m sure it will be awesome!

  17. The best part of this trailer is when his ex-wife almost calls him Liam and then corrects herself and says Brian. Check it out, at 0:17

  18. DOes anyone think that Neeson is going to die in this one? I get that feeling.

  19. Liam Neeson is just awesome !!