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Skip Taken 2 and Just Watch the Original Twice

The sequel's script lacks the swift punch of the original.

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Andrew Klavan

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March 28, 2013 - 10:00 am

I’ll be traveling over Easter and don’t think I’ll have time to blog, so I’ll leave a few mini-reviews to unroll day by day for your holiday viewing pleasure — or not.

“Sweetheart, get me rewrite! I think I just killed the director.”

Taken 2

— Oh, man, I so wanted to like this. Liam Neeson killing evil Muslims to get his kidnapped wife back? It worked once, why not again? Plus the critics hated it while the public ate it up, so I was all ready to side with the public. But, really, no. The characters are terribly written, the action is poorly choreographed. Poor Neeson looks like he needs to be rescued more than his family. There’s one scene where he’s in a Mexican standoff — evil Muslims have him and his wife at gunpoint; he’s holding a gun on them — and, so help me, he pauses to make a phone call! I was hoping he was calling his agent: “Get me out of here!” No such luck. A few days after I saw this, I was on the elliptical and Taken 1 came on TV. I was struck again by its taut structure, its expert suspense. Take my advice: watch the first one twice and forget 2.

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Cross-posted from Klavan on the Culture

Andrew Klavan’s newest novel is Nightmare City.

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Actually, there is a very good part. Near the end Liam Neeson kills the father of the scum bags, after killing his family. Scum bag bloodline erased.
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Does it even show Istanbul well?
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