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posted Oct 13, 2012 - 5:49:30am
These days I’m having a hard time deciding if I like Luc Besson or not as a writer anymore. True, he gave us The Fifth Element and The Professional, but he also gave us the terrible Colombiana. Now he’s decided to follow up his wildly successful flick Taken with an underwhelming effort.
If you've seen the first installment, I know what you’re thinking: “How could there possibly be a sequel to Taken? Didn’t Liam Neeson kill everyone?” Well, yeah, he did. But there are more, and that’s pretty much all you need to know.
Taken 2 is a train wreck of a film, but then again, that seems to be director Oliver Megaton’s trademark. He can’t take all the blame: After all, Besson slapped together one of the most mind-bogglingly awful scripts of the year. The actors fumble around with awkward dialogue that refuses to give their characters any real depth or expansion, making it particularly confusing for moviegoers who haven’t seen the first installment. (And it’s a shame for those who did see it and were looking forward to a good sequel).
Popcorn represents how fun a film is to watch—how funny it is, how exciting the special effects are, and how enjoyable the story is on repeated viewings. The perfect popcorn movie would be one that never got stale regardless of how many times you’ve seen it.
The opening scene with Neeson and Janssen is almost painful in how clumsily the two stumble around the exposition. It’s as if they haven’t spoken in years and suddenly have to catch up, so we hear about Janssen’s difficult divorce from her new husband and the fact that daughter Grace now has a boyfriend. Well, it’s a good thing they fit all that into a two-minute scene; we wouldn’t want to waste time on story structure or character development.
It’s not like there was much to expect from this movie beyond some easy action, but even so it’s disappointing. Everything about it is held together with scotch tape and a prayer. It’s hard even to point out everything that goes wrong in it. The music is awful. There’s no tension. Worst of all, it’s painfully boring. It’s hard to believe anyone in post-production even watched it before it hit theaters.
While there have been some very good movies in 2012, there have also been some very low, low points. Taken 2 is one of the worst films of the year. If you liked Taken, don’t see Taken 2. It will ruin Bryan Mills for you. If you haven’t seen Taken, don’t see Taken 2. It will make you very sad in your heart. Basically, just don’t bother seeing Taken 2. It’s not an adrenaline-fueled thrill ride; it’s a piece of cinematic garbage.
Stars & Popcorn grade: 1 star, 1 popcorn
— Born and raised in the sunshine state, Patrick grew up loving movies. He’s currently attending the University of Central Florida and is a Cinema Studies major. Along with being the president of Stars and Popcorn, he’s a player in the independent comics scene.
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