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 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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