Friday, October 19, 2012

Taken Once More

By Nur Wahidah, Year 2, Diploma in Mass Media Management

Image Credit: 20th Century Fox
“Taken” was such a huge success in 2008 with its $226 million box office taking. It comes as no surprise that a sequel was made.

In this sequel, all the families of those who Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) killed, come together to seek revenge on him for killing their beloved family members. One of those is villain Murad (Rade Serbedzija). If you watched the previous movie, Murad’s son is the one whom Bryan killed.

Murad succeeds in tracking Bryan down to Turkey - where Bryan is working.  When Bryan’s job is done, his daughter Kim (Maggie Grace) and ex-wife Lenore (Famke Janssen) surprise him by showing up at his hotel to spend some family time together.

Things started to turn nasty when Bryan realises he was being followed. He tried to help his ex-wife Lenore to escape but failed. They ended up being kidnapped and held as hostages by Murad’s accomplices. Their daughter Kim managed to escape from being taken by hiding in her hotel room’s closet.

While being held hostage, Bryan sneakily made a call to Kim. Kim, being desperate and motivated to save her parents, made her father tell her what to do. Kim followed her father’s instructions, and managed to help him escape. However, he did not manage to save Lenore.

I probably shouldn’t spoil the ending for those who haven’t watched it yet, but for fans of “Taken”, you’ll be glad to know that this time, Kim is safe.

In my opinion though, the sequel isn’t as exciting as the first movie. This is because in “Taken 2”, everything happened in one day, which makes the movie seem shorter. It was also less believable because everything happened too quickly. However, it is still a must watch because Bryan’s performance as an ex-secret agent is always interesting and the action in this movie is thrilling.

“Taken 2” is currently showing in theatres. So hurry down now to the nearest cinema and catch this movie!

Wahidah is a second year student doing her Diploma in Mass Media Management. She is passionate about writing, travel, food and good music. Her idea of a good time is spending an afternoon with a few friends over a cup of hot chocolate, or watching classic films featuring stars like Audrey Hepburn, Dick Van Dyke, Julie Andrews and so on. Her dream is to travel and have a food adventure around the world.

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