#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – The retired CIA agent Bryan Mills invites his teenage daughter Kim and his ex-wife Lenore, who has separated from her second husband, to spend a couple of days in Istanbul where he is working. Meanwhile, the patriarch of the community of the Albanian gang of human trafficking, Murad Krasniqi, seeks revenge for the death of his son and organizes another gang to kidnap Bryan and his family. Bryan and Lenore are abducted by the Albanians, but Kim escapes and is the only hope that Bryan has to escape and save Lenore.
Plot: In Istanbul, retired CIA operative Bryan Mills and his wife are taken hostage by the father of a kidnapper Mills killed while rescuing his daughter.
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The _Die Hard 3_ of the _Taken_ franchise, except like… Nowhere near as good. Serviceable, but a step down from the first film, and even that one was pretty overrated.
_Final rating:★★½ – Had a lot that appealed to me, didn’t quite work as a whole._
I enjoyed this movie as a no-brainer action/thriller flick. Sure, it has a bunch of illogical and idiotic elements in but I have seen a lot worse. The movie certainly do not deserve the ridiculously low ratings that some people have given it.
It is perhaps not as good as the first movie, mostly due to the silly bits and pieces, but as a plain vanilla action/thriller it is certainly passable. I generally do like Liam Neeson. I did like him in the first Taken movie and I do like him in this one. The other actors with the possible exception of his wife and daughter are mostly there to fill up the scenes.
After a semi-dull beginning which is pretty much just setting up a reason for them all being in Istanbul, Bryan and his wife is, surprise, surprise, taken and that is pretty much when the action starts and from there on it is pretty much action all the way.
As have been mentioned, there are a lot of stupid things happening in the movie. Dropping grenades in the middle of Istanbul seemingly without anyone really reacting for instance. Bryan’s daughter have failed to take a drivers licence in the states several times but still, when thrown into a car with a manual gear stick, she handles the car like a stunt driver. Then we have a violin player that sits in the same spot all the time? Not to mention crashing into the embassy while being fired upon by the embassy marine guards and then they can just sit there in the wrecked car, in front of the embassy, while Bryan calls for help from some guy playing golf in the states.
It is clear that the Luc Besson didn’t really put realism very high on his agenda for this movie. But then this wouldn’t be the first time for him. Overlook the silliness and you have a decent enough action/thriller flick. At least I enjoyed it and I am normally not too forgiving when it comes to stupid and unrealistic stuff in movies.
The 5 Commandments of making a Hollywood Sequel
After watching the very badass Liam Neeson’s new movie, Taken 2, which I was desperately looking forward to because the original was all sorts of fantastic, I have been enlightened in strange ways. There was this bright light, and a tunnel, and it was dark and all of a sudden, my mind was filled with knowledge that helped me figure out the art of making a big-budget hit Hollywood film sequel. Here are five commandments that can come in handy for you too, whenever you make your hit Hollywood movie and are confused about what to do in the sequel:
1. Thou shalt not have any plot, whatsoever
It’s sort of stupid, isn’t it? Because if the studio had a script with a plot or a story of its own, why on earth would it waste it on a sequel? It would much rather make another movie out of it, which could have its own sequel with no plot! Actually, it’s sort of genius, then!
This, of course, is painfully obvious in Taken 2, where the plot is exactly as elaborate as the movie’s poster tagline: They want revenge. They chose the wrong guy. In the original, Taken, the daughter of a retired CIA agent, Bryan Mills (Neeson) is kidnapped by human traffickers and he has to use his “particular set of skills” to save her. In Taken 2, Mills and his wife are kidnapped by the same guys — because they want to kill him for killing their relatives in the first movie. The only thing thinner than this plot is the IQ of the mafia, which brings us to the next point.
2. Thou shalt have stupid bad guys Of course, this is an obsolete argument, because if the bad guy was intelligent, the good guy would die and more than anything else, there would be no more sequels. So it’s important for villains to do daft things like not kill the good guy after they capture him because they want him to feel pain (*cough*, The Dark Knight Rises, *cough*).
But here’s the level of daftness of the bad guys in Taken 2. In a major turning point of the movie (it’s even in the trailer), Mills’ ex-wife is held on gunpoint and he’s asked to give up his arms and be taken, or his ex-wife dies. Like a good estranged husband, Mills gives up his arms, but after making a minute-long phone call to his daughter in front of the bad guys, systematically explaining to her the situation he is in right now and what she needs to do to not get caught, as the understanding, well-intentioned bad guys wait for him to be done, because they probably have daughters too, you know. And after all, the most he could have been doing on the call was call reinforcements, right? Wait, what?
3. Thou shalt have foreign villains It has always made so much more sense to Hollywood to have villains who are not only menacing and evil, but talk in a language, that – HORROR OF HORRORS – they can’t understand! So Hollywood villains are generally outsourced cheap labour from Eastern Europe, Russia, the Middle East and South America (never India, because Indians probably don’t have the time to be evil since they are so busy in taking over US jobs and driving cabs). Also, it’s just creepier when the good guy has no clue if the bad guys are plotting a nuclear strike or discussing Bigg Boss in front of him.
Taken 2 takes this commandment and as a first, turns it uniquely over its head — in the movie, it’s not just the good guy who can’t understand the frightening foreign villains, apparently the hipster foreign villains can’t understand him either (because learning English is so mainstream, yo). Or else why would the bad guys spend approximately 15 minutes of screen time looking for Mills’ daughter — after he called her in front of them and told her to hide in the closet?
4. Thou shalt have fiery dialogue exchanges sort of Every mainstream Hollywood movie depends as much on its big-budget special effects and action as it does on its dialog . *chokes with laughter*. Sorry, I couldn’t get through with that sentence with a straight face. Here’s an example of the exact dialogue exchange the main bearded baddie has with Mills, after he has caught him and his wife, and is torturing them — with his accent, that is — rather than, you know, killing him:
Bad guy: I will kill you because you killed my sons Mills: But they kidnapped my daughter first! Bad guy: I don’t care, they were my sons! Mills: But they sell young girls to Arabs!! Bad guy: BUT THEY WERE MY SONS. Mills: You know what, just kill me. Before your accent or logic do.
Okay, maybe I paraphrased that last bit, just a little bit.
5. Thou shalt substitute intelligence with action
So where do the studios put the money that could have bought them a decent plot, good dialogue writer, and locally-sourced American bad guys that could have helped the unemployment rate too? Answer: In LOTS of unapologetic, in-your-face action and kickass action. Taken 2 has a lot of those, and that’s always, always a good thing.
There’s also a sixth, secret commandment here, which really isn’t that much of a secret, or much of a commandment, for that matter. No matter how badly you do, if the audience liked the first movie, it will watch the sequel and then wait for the threequel to buy the DVD box-set (guilty, as charged). And where Taken 2 is concerned, plot or no plot, watching Liam Neeson kick butt is always going to be worth it!
* Nikhil Taneja (Firstpost.com) www.twitter.com/tanejamainhoon
For more reviews: http://www.firstpost.com/author/nikhil
Liam does what he can with a bad script
I know movies aren’t real – they’re make believe. But can’t we inject just a little realism in here for a second. I loved Taken. It was a fun thrill ride with realistic characters and plot lines. I walked away with a good feeling. Taken 2 was a different story. I just walked away. Let’s pretend that September 11th never happened and you can fly into any airport in the world carrying a case willed with guns and explosives no questions asked. Let’s pretend that wealthy Arabs in Turkey have to hire retired Americans for security because there is no one local who can fill this purpose. Let’s pretend that a teenage girl who had the living sh** scare out of her in the first movie and can’t be relied upon to even answer her phone is going to be cool-headed and responsible enough to fight terrorist and rescue her parents. Let’s pretend that said teenage girl can throw a hand grenade all the way across a street and onto a parking structure blowing up the only car that’s parked there because the explosion from the grenade alone wouldn’t be heard 4.5 kilometers away. Let’s pretend that hotel security investigating a shooting inside the hotel won’t react to a grenade blowing up a car right across the street. That was about the point where I walked out. But hey, if none of this sounds implausible to you then go see the movie.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 32 min (92 min), 1 hr 38 min (98 min) (Extended Version)
Genre Action, Thriller
Director Olivier Megaton
Writer Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen, Luc Besson (based on characters created by), Robert Mark Kamen (based on characters created by)
Actors Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen, Leland Orser
Country France, USA, Turkey, UK
Awards 1 win & 3 nominations.
Production Company EuropaCorp, Grive Productions, M6 Films Production
Sound Mix Dolby Digital, SDDS, DTS, Dolby Atmos, Dolby Surround 7.1, Auro 11.1
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Arricam LT, Angenieux Optimo Lenses, Arriflex 235, Angenieux Optimo Lenses, Arriflex 435 Xtreme, Angenieux Optimo Lenses, Panavision Panaflex Millennium XL2, Panavision G-Series Lenses
Laboratory DeLuxe (laboratory services), EFILM Digital Laboratories, Hollywood (CA), USA (Cinemascan digital dailies), Laboratoires Éclair, Paris, France
Film Length 2,511 m (Portugal, 35 mm)
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision3 250D 5207, Vision3 500T 5219)
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), Panavision (anamorphic) (source format) (some scenes), Super 35 (3-perf) (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (Fuji Eterna-CP 3514DI), D-Cinema