By Emily Stockham

During a recent trip to the cinema, while watching the endless amount of adverts and trailers, I found myself pretty gripped by the thought of a sequel to the action packed Taken, starring Liam Neeson. As you guys probably know, Taken 2 is set for release this October. However, I’m fully aware that I’m about the only person that is feeling excited about the [admittedly] rather unnecessary sequel. But, my reasoning is plain and simple: I love the first instalment. So I was pleasantly surprised that in the lead up to the release of Taken 2, the first film is being aired much more frequently on TV- compelling viewing, and I always have to watch as I love Neeson’s no nonsense approach in his role as James Bond meets Daddy Danger.

As if I wasn’t enthusiastic enough the teaser trailer for Taken 2 features the infamous tagline from the last film: “I don’t know who you are, I don’t know what you want, but, I will find you and I will kill you”……Stern words huh? No messing with this guy.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that this is the pinnacle of cinematic genius, but it is highly entertaining. As if parents didn’t need another reason to stop their offspring going travelling- in the first film an ex-soldier (Neeson) is reluctant to let his daughter go to Paris- and it seems with good reason-after less than a day [how unlucky?] the girl gets abducted resulting in Neeson travelling through Europe on a frantic quest to rescue his daughter (Maggie Grace) after the young girl is abducted by sex traffickers in District B13- cue Neeson as a one man fighting machine taking down every baddie in sight-who doesn’t want to see that?!

Yet everyone slams this film as being too ‘far-fetched’ for an ordinary [retired] man to be doing all this crime fighting and gun wielding. At which point I’d like to direct your mind to the latest buzz trend making a comeback this year amongst film fanatics: superheroes. Now, I’m not saying Neeson is worthy of Batman status but I think we can align similarities in the fact that they are both just ordinary guys taking down the bad guys in society one punch at a time- it’s what the audience want to see, the good guy winning, the guy whose just like us. Besides, everyone loves a bit of revenge and when family is involved it becomes deeply relatable for all.

Taken 2 promises to be just as thrilling as the last. Bryan Mills [Neeson] is forced to battle against those pesky Albanian gangsters once again as they are a teeny tiny bit angry after his last rampage through the city- now they want revenge. Except this time, rather than just Mill’s precious daughter, the whole family are adducted and it occurs whilst they’re on holiday together, around a year after their last ordeal- making them probably the unluckiest family ever. Luckily for them dearest daddy, Neeson will be there to save the day once again- or so we hope.

Yes, it is a bit ludicrous and sometimes rather hilarious that in the original film Neeson incurs almost no injuries or difficulties locating his daughter and he does literally manage to kill everyone in his path without being killed or arrested but hey who cares, the film packs a punch and is a fast paced adrenaline overload. Besides, let’s not forget that Liam Neeson does a brilliant job in this role. He is the right mix of believable dad figure- in his insanely uncool leather jacket- and action man extraordinaire.

 These films do not stop for melancholy or tears,: In Taken Neeson just gets down to business to find his girl-after all he does only have 96 hours to find her…Hopefully, Taken 2 will provide the same drama and action and maybe, to just mix it up a little, this time Neeson might take on more than he can handle?

 Fingers crossed, he still has his faithful old leather jacket to complete his kick-ass look.


About The Author

Emily is from South London and has a degree in English Literature. Emily is a marketing assistant who writes about films and music in her spare time. Horror and grindhouse are her thing - although she will happily watch anything if it means a trip to the cinema.