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his wife - 22/6/2012 8:28:00 PM   
Handyman

 

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Despite being mighty fine, the way his wife treated him in the first film i'd let the kidnappers hold on to her...

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RE: his wife - 22/6/2012 9:33:27 PM   
chris kilby

 

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I thought the original was HEE-LARIOUS. A (surely deliberate?) parody of how paranoid Americans view foreigners/the outside world. I also loved the linear A-B plotting and how Big Liam oh-so-conveniently just happened to run into the right people ALL THE TIME. He arrives at the airport in Paris and just happens to run into the guy who kidnapped his daughter. He goes to the brothel and just happens to (literally) pick up the one drug-addled girl who just happens to know his daughter. And on and on it goes. It even has Leland Orser (that's Leland. Orser.) as a tough guy! Genius.

(Almost as funny as EMPIRE's po-faced review at the time which took this obvious piss-take way too seriously!)

Pure comedy gold, Taken makes The Transporter look like Die Hard. Heck, it makes The Transporter look like fecking Citizen Kane! I will look for this sequel, I will find this sequel, and I will laugh at this sequel!

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RE: Empire is fickle - 22/6/2012 9:36:34 PM   
chris kilby

 

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quote:

ORIGINAL: echoalpha92

Quote from the review of the original "A venomous little actioner that mistakes bile for adrenaline. "

Couple that with the 2 star rating for phantom menace (which was originally given 5 on its release)

Reviewers...you either like a film or you don't...please don't change your minds when it becomes successful or bombs.


Aren't people allowed to change their minds? I thought that's what separated us from the lower animals. And, you know, fanboys...

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RE: Cant wait - 22/6/2012 9:38:48 PM   
chris kilby

 

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quote:

ORIGINAL: SwedishDave86

Is Brian Mills the 21st century John Mclane


No, he's the 21st century John Matrix:

"Remember how I promised to look for you, find you and kill you last? I LIED!"



< Message edited by chris kilby -- 22/6/2012 9:54:07 PM >

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RE: - 22/6/2012 9:40:53 PM   
chris kilby

 

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quote:

ORIGINAL: Sellingstraws

I love it when a horseshit sequel to a bag of wank original comes together...


He pities the fool.

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RE: Neeson In The Balls For Baddies - 22/6/2012 9:45:02 PM   
chris kilby

 

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quote:

ORIGINAL: BenTramer

Taken was a surprise hit that rebranded Liam Neeson as a hardman hero and it's an interesting direction for his career to take. Neeson has said that the success of that movie had Bruce Willis and Arnie calling his agent asking how he got that script.


He did his "stand up" routine from Life's Too Short! Liam Neeson - deadpan comic genius. Who knew?

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RE: How can the same shit happen to the same guy twice - 22/6/2012 9:51:29 PM   
chris kilby

 

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quote:

ORIGINAL: petethejakey

They must be NUTS to ever leave US soil again


I think you've just hit on something. Taken was clearly xenophobic propaganda funded by the isolationist US tourist industry to ensure Americans never holiday abroad again!

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His ex-wife... - 22/6/2012 10:21:53 PM   
Handyman

 

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As hot as Famke Janssen is, after how her character treated him in the first film I reckon he should just let them keep her...

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His ex-wife... - 22/6/2012 10:26:56 PM   
Handyman

 

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As hot as Famke Janssen is, after how her character treated him in the first film I reckon he should just let them keep her...

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$226 mil Worldwide from a $25 mil budget - 23/6/2012 12:48:59 PM   
John Hancocks

 

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When a film makes ten times its money thats you answer to a sequel. I loved the first film, and still laugh at the 'one star' rating from my trusted mag. Loving a film is like loving someone of the opposite sex, it is in the eyes of the beholder.

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Come on guys - 24/6/2012 7:40:43 PM   
Miikesmama

 

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the only reason the first one was so successful was Liam Neeson. This was a B-Movie at best, with cheesy lines, stereotypic villains, action scenes that we all have seen before, and so on. Imagine Stallone or Statham in that role - that films would have bombed. But Neeson somehow managed to lift this into proper A-territory!

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RE: Come on guys - 26/6/2012 8:50:24 AM   
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Oh, look it's Rade "dial-a-russian" Serbedzija as the bad guy.

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Jeez - 26/6/2012 10:23:55 AM   
familyguy91

 

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You mean live up to the one star review?

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Jeez - 26/6/2012 10:24:03 AM   
familyguy91

 

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You mean live up to the one star review?

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Jeez - 26/6/2012 10:24:16 AM   
familyguy91

 

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You mean live up to the one star review?

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RE: Jeez - 26/6/2012 12:37:14 PM   
warren7355

 

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The first one was terrible, but fun, If this is the same I'll catch it on Bluray/DVD, but won't fork out the cash to see it at the cinema unless it gets some stellar reviews.

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Taken only got 1 star?!! Poor Liam - 26/6/2012 2:28:11 PM   
AwlriteBOB

 

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It has come to my attention that the first Taken film only got 1 star? I instantly start comparing it to the likes of Project X or Top Cat which got the same rating (deservedly). It's clearly better than that surely the fact that Liam Neeson is in it earns the film at least another star on top of that?!

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RE: Taken only got 1 star?!! Poor Liam - 26/6/2012 4:28:55 PM   
chris kilby

 

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I will look for that extra star. I will find that extra star. And... Oh you know the rest!

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Live up to the original - 26/6/2012 6:18:58 PM   
dakes69

 

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EMPIRE trashed the original "A venomous little actioner that mistakes bile for adrenaline." Looking forward to the review of Taken 2. :0)

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