Film review: Taken 2

If you didn’t catch the first Taken, the opening act of this sequel may not make a whole lot of sense, but as soon as you get more or less up to speed, you’ll be surprised how well such a simple film pulls its act together, despite the narrative elisions that remain.

The film is the brainchild of mega-producer Luc Besson – in whose brand-new studios and film school, La Cité du cinéma, Taken 2 was partly shot. There are enough helicopter shots in this project to make your head spin. However, when the film is anchored on terra firma, including the eye-poppingly rapid-fire sequencing during some of the major action scenes, it is pure entertainment superbly delivered.

In the first film, the daughter of Bryan Mills was kidnapped, and the trained CIA operative played by Liam Neeson ended up taking out Marko, the man responsible for some very tense moments, in very grisly fashion: by electrocution. It was the moral thing to do, as Marko was involved in sex slavery, and besides, who would miss such a creature?

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