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.
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.
Source: Yahoo Movies