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Taken 2 Trailer Escapes Online
'We will have our revenge...'

22 June 2012  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Yahoo Australia

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While he was understandably miffed that slave traders kidnapped his daughter back in 2008’s Taken, Liam Neeson is now learning that his stabby / shooty reaction had consequences. Here comes the trailer for Taken 2, which finds his heroic Bryan Mills in a spot of trouble thanks to Rade Serbedzija’s Murad and his need for revenge for the deaths last time. Take a look below.

After a pleasant surprise visit from daughter Kim (Maggie Grace) and wife Lenore (Famke Janssen) in Istanbul, Bryan gets a less enjoyable shock when Lenore is targeted and he’s threatened. Guess what he’s going to do? Yup, he’s going to use his particular set of skills to try to save his family (and himself) once more.

Olivier Megaton takes over directing duties this time around and delivers almost exactly what you’d expect, judging by this footage. We know Neeson can deliver the action goods, so the only real question is, will this live up to the original?

Taken 2 will hit our screens on October 5.


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

Posted by dakes69 at 18:18 on 26 June 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Taken only got 1 star?!! Poor Liam
I will look for that extra star. I will find that extra star. And... Oh you know the rest! More

Posted by chris kilby at 16:28 on 26 June 2012 | Report This Post

Taken only got 1 star?!! Poor Liam
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?! More

Posted by AwlriteBOB at 14:28 on 26 June 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Jeez
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. More

Posted by warren7355 at 12:37 on 26 June 2012 | Report This Post

Jeez
You mean live up to the one star review? More

Posted by familyguy91 at 10:24 on 26 June 2012 | Report This Post

Jeez
You mean live up to the one star review? More

Posted by familyguy91 at 10:24 on 26 June 2012 | Report This Post

Jeez
You mean live up to the one star review? More

Posted by familyguy91 at 10:23 on 26 June 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Come on guys
Oh, look it's Rade "dial-a-russian" Serbedzija as the bad guy. More

Posted by grucl at 08:50 on 26 June 2012 | Report This Post

Come on guys
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! More

Posted by Miikesmama at 19:40 on 24 June 2012 | Report This Post

$226 mil Worldwide from a $25 mil budget
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. More

Posted by John Hancocks at 12:48 on 23 June 2012 | Report This Post

His ex-wife...
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... More

Posted by Handyman at 22:26 on 22 June 2012 | Report This Post

His ex-wife...
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... More

Posted by Handyman at 22:21 on 22 June 2012 | Report This Post

RE: How can the same shit happen to the same guy twice
L: petethejakey They must be NUTS to ever leave US soil again think you've just hit on something. i] was clearly xenophobic propaganda funded by the isolationist US tourist industry to ensure Americans i] holiday abroad again! More

Posted by chris kilby at 21:51 on 22 June 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Neeson In The Balls For Baddies
L: 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. e did his "stand up" routine from Too ShortNeeson - deadpan comic genius. Who knew? More

Posted by chris kilby at 21:45 on 22 June 2012 | Report This Post

RE:
L: Sellingstraws I love it when a horseshit sequel to a bag of wank original comes together... e pities the fool. More

Posted by chris kilby at 21:40 on 22 June 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Cant wait
L: SwedishDave86 Is Brian Mills the 21st century John Mclane o, he's the 21st century trixer how I promised to look for you, find you and kill you last? I LIED!" More

Posted by chris kilby at 21:38 on 22 June 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Empire is fickle
L: 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. ren't people allowed to change their minds? I thought that's what separated us from the lower animals. And, you know, fanboys... More

Posted by chris kilby at 21:36 on 22 June 2012 | Report This Post

RE: his wife
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 ppened into the right people ALL THE TIME. He arrives at the airport in Paris andappens into the guy who kidnapped his daughter. He goes to the brothel and ppensterally) 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 More

Posted by chris kilby at 21:33 on 22 June 2012 | Report This Post

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

Posted by Handyman at 20:28 on 22 June 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Taken 2 Trailer Escapes Online
ive just done a love wee in my pants More

Posted by Dannybohy at 19:25 on 22 June 2012 | Report This Post

How can the same shit happen to the same guy twice
They must be NUTS to ever leave US soil again after the last movie, especially so soon after. The guy from Snatch is out to get revenge...yawn. The bad guys this time should have come to his turf I reckon, but America won't want to show "baddies" being let into US. Better to kick their ass in their own country, hell yeah! More

Posted by petethejakey at 14:19 on 22 June 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Reviews
But if one person gives if 5 stars, one person gives it 1 star - I'm not sure what basis you use to choose a take? Whichever fits your existing view of the film formed from your anticipation raised from other information? It seems to be making the review kind of redundant. And scores are really blunt instruments, which pretty much all reviewers seem to agree with. If it's a balance of reviews then perhaps the Metacritic score for the film might be a way to go? It will look at reviews from More

Posted by elab49 at 14:01 on 22 June 2012 | Report This Post

Reviews
I always thought it might be worth having the feature reviewer's stars at the foot of the article coupled with stars by an alternative reviewer; that way you could choose a take on it before deciding to part with cash. More

Posted by bradcam72 at 13:39 on 22 June 2012 | Report This Post

RE:
L: Sellingstraws I love it when a horseshit sequel to a bag of wank original comes together... ord indeed. The first one was forgettable nonsense that didn't need a sequel, but they went ahead and made it anyway; this looks like more of the same. Oh for some originality! More

Posted by Filmfan 2 at 13:23 on 22 June 2012 | Report This Post

RE:
Reviewer of Taken - Dan Jolin, 1 star, man of sense and taste Writer of article on Taken 2 - James White, man with apparent fondness for shit films. James White is not a known alias of Dan Jolin. Conclusion - Empire is not a single person. It features different reviewers with different opinions. This is why the reviews have individual names attached and don't come under the committee heading of 'Empire'. More

Posted by elab49 at 11:50 on 22 June 2012 | Report This Post

"live up to the original"? The original that you, Empire, gave 2 stars to? At times you're so hypocritical. More

Posted by hunterrific at 11:33 on 22 June 2012 | Report This Post

RE: On my own........
My views on the b] sequel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLyxmD_UAK4 More

Posted by OPEN YOUR EYES at 11:24 on 22 June 2012 | Report This Post

On my own........
I must be the only person on the planet who didn't like the first one. I enjoyed it more the second time but I really don't get the hype. With regards to the second one, I think ill just wait and see what the hoards have to say and maybe give it a go, More

Posted by guysalisbury at 10:53 on 22 June 2012 | Report This Post

On my own........
I must be the only person on the planet who didn't like the first one. I enjoyed it more the second time but I really don't get the hype. With regards to the second one, I think ill just wait and see what the hoards have to say and maybe give it a go, More

Posted by guysalisbury at 10:53 on 22 June 2012 | Report This Post

Empire is fickle
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. More

Posted by echoalpha92 at 09:31 on 22 June 2012 | Report This Post

Re: Empire is fickle
@echoalpha92 ... Couldn't have said it better...Empire's credibility has taken a few hits in my opinion. Their reviews have been all over the place for my liking. It's getting to the stage where I don't even take their reviews into account anymore...they need to sort it out. More

Posted by ronniem at 09:26 on 22 June 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Empire is fickle
Different reviewers may review the film or DVD release. And people change their minds about films. More

Posted by elab49 at 09:25 on 22 June 2012 | Report This Post

Empire is fickle
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. More

Posted by echoalpha92 at 09:09 on 22 June 2012 | Report This Post

Looks the same
But with no Holly Valance, she looks missed. Perhaps Kylie will make a cameo. More

Posted by Aticus at 08:41 on 22 June 2012 | Report This Post

Looks the same
But with no Holly Valance, she looks missed. Perhaps Kylie will make a cameo. More

Posted by Aticus at 08:40 on 22 June 2012 | Report This Post

"I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you."
The first one was great, once i watched that i had everyone i know watch it, they enjoyed it. Really looking forward to this one as well. More

Posted by Easy Rider at 07:52 on 22 June 2012 | Report This Post

Neeson In The Balls For Baddies
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. More

Posted by BenTramer at 03:54 on 22 June 2012 | Report This Post

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

Posted by Sellingstraws at 23:14 on 21 June 2012 | Report This Post

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

Posted by Sellingstraws at 23:13 on 21 June 2012 | Report This Post

Empire, what?
"Will this live up to the original" Oh yeah that 1 star movie you pretty much said was absolute bobbins. More

Posted by dsysa06 at 22:20 on 21 June 2012 | Report This Post

Brian Mills is the new John Matrix !
Let's party! More

Posted by GALLYMOO at 21:31 on 21 June 2012 | Report This Post

Looks BAD ASS!
Now THATS a trailer! Cant wait to see this.Looks like it will be even better and more hard edged than the first.Is it me or does it look like Mills wife is going to die? if that is what happens, Mills will be opening up a serioius can of whup ass! The only thing missing was footage of Maggie Grace running funny. More

Posted by Cool Breeze at 21:16 on 21 June 2012 | Report This Post

Very clever. This proves that what we might have considered to be throwaway action scenes, gratuituous violence and gruesome deaths actually have consequences that will revisit the main character. I'm glad this approach has taken. More

Posted by Dave Oz at 20:50 on 21 June 2012 | Report This Post

Cant wait
Is Brian Mills the 21st century John Mclane More

Posted by SwedishDave86 at 20:31 on 21 June 2012 | Report This Post

Looks awesome!
I think this will equal, if not surpass the original. All the ingredients are still there, including Neeson's excellent presence, plus more exotic locations and bombastic action! More

Posted by dannyfletch at 20:19 on 21 June 2012 | Report This Post

"will this live up to the original?"
Beat me too it, would not take much after the review of the first. I loved Taken, was a great surprise hit, looking forward to this. Empire really need to do an article on top ten reviews we got massively wrong! I agree with you most of the time, but every now and again you have a howler! Not often though! More

Posted by murchison21 at 19:37 on 21 June 2012 | Report This Post

"will this live up to the original?"
It's impossible for it not to really... given that you gave the original 1 Star. More

Posted by nucleargibbon at 19:28 on 21 June 2012 | Report This Post

I wish I had Brian Mills particular set of skills....
...he's so blatant, he gives the sick bastards no other option than death! Roll on Taken 3! More

Posted by GALLYMOO at 19:00 on 21 June 2012 | Report This Post


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