Will Taken 2 Be As Good As The First?
In case you haven’t been on Twitter at all this week, yes there is a sequel to one of the most masterfully crafted and performed action/suspense thrillers of our generation, Taken. Of course, the film starred Liam Neeson as a CIA field operative who used his skills to track down and save his naive daughter from a European human trafficking ring.
Neeson’s cold, calculating, and ruthless on-screen exploits developed a whole new fanbase for the actor, who has gone on to make plenty of film appearances in the four years since the movie was released. However, it was recently announced that Neeson, along with Maggie Grace and Famke Janssen will be reprising their roles in a sequel to the first movie.
Of course, that begs the following question: Are some movies too good for sequels? Sequels and other installments (prequels, spinoffs) are taking over the film industry these days, as big film companies seek to continue to capitalize off the characters and universes audiences respond to instead of creating new ones.
Makes sense. It’s worked once, it can work again. However, it seems that bad sequels, or those that don’t live up to the greatness of the original movies they follow, can take away from movies, and ruin one of the greatest concepts of art/entertainment: interpretation. Sometimes its best to allow fans to determine for themselves what happens next.
Regardless, Taken 2 will be released later this year. Will it solidify or detract from the cult status of the original? That has yet to be seen, but here’s what we know.
While on a trip to Istanbul, Bryan Mills (Neeson) gets a surprise visit by his ex-wife Lenore (Janssen) and of course, his daughter Kim (Grace). We’re going to guess that mother and daughter have learned their lessons and that Kim will probably never leave the country alone again for the rest of her days. Anyway, this time Lenore gets kidnapped by the father of one of the guys killed by Bryan in the first film. Clearly, he really wants to kill Bryan to avenge his son’s death. Bryan, of course, has to put his “unique set of skills” to the test once again – and I’m pretty sure we know how things will end up.
The only question is, will this mean a reunion for Bryan and Lenore at the end? She looks pretty affectionate toward him in the trailer. If not, there better be some kind of love interest in it for him. After all the gunshots, foreign lands, and daring rescues involving women, you would think he’s earned himself the admiration of at least one.
From the looks of things, this movie just might be as good as the first.
Taken 2 will be released to theaters on October 5.