‘Taken 2′ Images: Liam Neeson Snaps Necks, Aims Guns, Rides Trains

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Liam Neeson will soon have made major appearances in three films released this year (The Grey, Wrath of the Titans and this week’s Battleship). However, the fan-fave Irishman’s most-anticipated vehicle, Taken 2, has yet to hit the scene.

Taken co-writers Luc Beeson and Robert Mark Kamen joined forces yet again on the script for Taken 2; directorial duties on the sequel were handed over to Olivier Megaton, another alum of House Besson – who previously helmed Transporter 3 and Colombiana. Also returning alongside Neeson as members of the Taken 2 cast are Famke Janssen and Maggie Grace, plus new additions like popular character actor Rade Sherbedgia.

In an interview with EW, Neeson shed light on where Bryan Mills is at in life (following the events of Taken):

“I’ve [as Bryan Mills] taken a job over in Istanbul looking after a sheik who is there, and afterward I discover that my wife’s going through a very bad time with her new husband. So I suggest she and my daughter come over for a few days and hang out with me in this amazing city. And then… [laughs] all this s—t happens, of course.”

We recently spoke with Grace about her empowering roles in Besson productions – a trend which continues with the Taken sequel, wherein her character, Kim Mills, has to help rescue her father, after the latter is kidnapped by vengeful criminals (something Neeson also addressed):

“I’m taken — let’s put it that way. They kidnap him to humiliate him, torture him, and ultimately bring him back to the village in Albania where the boys from the original film came from. With the help of my daughter… she wants to help me escape from where these bad guys have me.”

That’s not to say the man with “a particular set of skills” is going to take his kidnapping lying down – as evidenced by the first photos of Neeson back in action as Mills, from Taken 2:

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The original Taken being such a pleasant surprise – coupled with the disappointing nature of previous Besson-written films overseen by Megaton – have left many people skeptical that Taken 2 can bottle lightning once again. On the other hand: not only does Neeson remain as fiery an onscreen presence as ever, but even the weaker Besson-backed action/thrillers generally offer some memorable entertainment.

As demonstrated by this year’s Lockout - sometimes, a great lead is all a Besson action movie needs to avoid being a disaster. If nothing else, Taken 2 certainly has that working in its favor.

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

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Source: Entertainment Weekly

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  1. Not convinced by the plot. But still…

    • I agree. If he is “Taken” that strips him of the bad*ssery he developed in the first movie, IMO. Hope I’m wrong.

      • Making him the one who is “taken” is about the worst idea I have ever heard for a sequel. So what, now he has to be rescued by a daughter who didn’t look strong to hold a gun let alone rescue both parents.

        However… This pictures suggest that Neeson still has plenty of cool stuff to do in this movie and that is all I need to know.

        • @Sam

          Probably a good idea to wait for the movie to be out before we make assumptions. Also keep in mind how this movie was described before. He’s “Taken” but then he escapes and hunts down his kidnappers. Based on that, I think the part of him being captured will only be in the beginning. I think the majority of the movie is him hunting down his captors and killing them one by one. That would make this movie all kinds of awesome… Most people would be happy to have escaped. Him? Nah, that’s just the beginning, now they have to pay, lol. I’m pretty sure by the middle of the movie the bad guys would realize that it was a bad idea to mess with him…

          • I have to tell you…

            I’m making a meme out of this quote right now:

            “That would make this movie all kinds of awesome… Most people would be happy to have escaped. Him? Nah, that’s just the beginning, now they have to pay, lol.” __Ken J

            Hilarious, Ken.

          • Here is the link Ken.

            Lol! Hope you enjoy it!

            http://cheezburger.com/6242591744

            • Oh geez, I don’t even want to know… LOL

              But you have to admit, when you first read the bried synopsis that basically say that he escapes and then hunts down those responsible, didn’t you at least grin to yourself? I literally laughed out loud, because it’s something you can only believe when you put into context that they are talking about Bryan Mills from Taken… Most movies, escaping would have been the ultimate goal, for this bad-ass, escaping is just a means to enable him to kill everyone, lol.

  2. Well the first one was bad ass, can’t see how a sequel could work but fingers crossed…

  3. I’m I the only one that thought the first one sucked? Yeah, plenty of action, but that’s it! He basically runs in a straight line with no resistance. Apparently, no one in France knows how to fight!?
    He just lands in France and takes off running. That’s the whole plot. Its like they threw in the “daughter getting kidnapped” afterwards, just to justify his killing streak.

    But dammit, the action was good and Liam makes it cool & real. I’ll see pt2

    • i enjoyed the first movie for this exact reasons why i think it annoyed you!

      haha personally i was traveling through europe when i first watched it, so the idea of an american taking care of business was just great to me.

      but yes, the movie was a little silly in how he meets very little resistance from the kidnappers, but it was humorous to me how the movie was like 35 mins of talking then an hour and 15 of just straight to business neck snapping and killing and wife shooting.

      i’ll watch the sequel but doubt it will be as good as the first.

      • Guess preventing people from being taken isn’t in his “special set of skills”

    • “Apparently, no one in France knows how to fight!?”

      That was apparent 70 years ago.

      • @Mike

        LOL!! So wrong, but so right!! :-D

      • This is why the comments section on Screenrant needs a ‘Like’ button. :D

    • @cranium

      I think you are kind of missing a few important aspects of the film. He was supposed to be some CIA spook who have been trained to be a formidable fighter. Pair him against some thugs or common criminals and I wouldn’t expect anything different from what we got. Also, he pretty much surprised them. They expect people to try to go through law enforcement, which they had paid off. They didn’t expect someone to take matters into their own hands, especially someone physically and mentally equipped to do so. Lastly, he worked so fast that pretty much one group didn’t have time to react to what happened to the last group. They ephasized this in the tight timeline they set in the beginning of the movie.

      I’m not saying it’s a completely realistic movie, but at the same time, it’s not completely unbelievable. Especially when you watch the fighting closely you notice that he actually does go for the “soft spots” on the human body, none of this fair fight business, he goes for the throat, groin, kidneys, anything that will put someone down quickly so he can move on to the next victim.

  4. I really hope this does well. The original is one of my favorite movies and I wanna see Bryan Mills kick some more Albanian ass

  5. I watch every movie that Luc Besson is attached to, especially since he was the writer for Unleashed; My favorite movie.

  6. Ooooooo… I loved the first one. As a dad, I could empathize with his fury throughout the movie.

    I like Liam as well. Can’t wait for this!

    • @Nautius

      I’m not a parent, but I’ve always had a soft spot for situations where a parent fights for his/her child. I could imagine if I had a daughter and she was kidnapped, I would do everything in my power to get her back. And if I had the skills and the resources of his character, I would totally risk going to prison and will take matters into my own hands to save her.

      That’s why I love the unrated or international version of the movie. The PG-13 version they showed here actually cut out a lot of the brutality of his confrontations. A lot of these “beat downs” were a lot more extensive and brutal in the unrated version than in the American PG-13 version. It really showed his rage and that made me root for him even more.

  7. An excellent first film…which apparently makes it franchise worthy until the darker, grittier reboot.

  8. I think that Liam Neeson looks like Jeremy Renner in that first picture. LOL.

    If this movie is 1/2 as good as the first one, it should be an entertaining night at the theater.

  9. Liam is one of my favorite actors

  10. Liam Neeson is just an awesome actor, but i can’t say the same for some the movies he’s been in. He’s like Morgan Freeman, his voice is always noticeable. I hope he’s in the TDK Rises (Nolan hidden secret).

  11. I’ve been waiting for this sequel to happen. Liam Neeson rocks!

  12. to be honest I’d pretty much expect Neeson to be kidnapped in a sequel just due to the way he made the apparently “Dangerous Gang” look like a bunch of choir boys

    as long as the film isn’t all personal life then 5 minutes of action of after being kidnapped then it should be worth watching, although, the only way can think of them making the film have just as Much action as the 1st would be to have Neeson completely separated from his wife once kidnapped. and his daughter help Neeson escape 1st …

  13. to be honest I’d pretty much expect Neeson to be kidnapped in a sequel just due to the way he made the apparently “Dangerous Gang” look like a bunch of choir boys

    as long as the film isn’t all personal life then 5 minutes of action of after being kidnapped then it should be worth watching, although, the only way can think of them making the film have just as Much action as the 1st would be to have Neeson completely separated from his wife once kidnapped. and his daughter help Neeson escape 1st.

  14. to be honest I’d pretty much expect Neeson to be kidnapped in a sequel just due to the way he made the apparently “Dangerous Gang” look like a bunch of choir boys

    the only way can think of them making the film have just as much action as the 1st would be to have Neeson completely separated from his wife once kidnapped. and his daughter help Neeson escape 1st. etc.

  15. to be honest I’d pretty much expect Neeson to be kidnapped in a sequel just due to the way he made the apparently “Dangerous Gang” look like a bunch of choir boys the only way can think of them making the film have just as much action as the 1st would be to have Neeson completely separated from his wife once kidnapped. and his daughter help Neeson escape 1st. etc.

  16. to be honest I’d pretty much expect Neeson to be kidnapped in a sequel just due to the way he made the apparently Dangerous Gang look like a bunch of choir boys the only way can think of them making the film have just as much action as the 1st would be to have Neeson completely separated from his wife once kidnapped. and his daughter help Neeson escape 1st. etc.

    • Yeah. We got that the first time.

  17. Dang, they took his daughter again?!?!? she needs to stay home!!!
    I was a huge fan of Neeson, but after that weak performance in Wrath of the Titans (Zeus), i dont know.

  18. I honestly don’t the whole premise for this movie won’t seem forced, and you would think Mills would’ve learned how to avoid getting his family members kidnapped.

  19. *don’t see how

    my bad

  20. I think Liam Neeson did a really good job in the first movie. All of the moves was flawless, like a highly trained CIA Agent he should be. And the Story was really tight, but still entertaining. Everyone who will watch the first sequel will be entertained.

    I’m still hoping for the story of the 2nd sequel to be better or (much better.) to be changed.

    Liam Neeson FTW! :D