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Taken 2

action & adventure, thrillers

Liam Neeson returns as Bryan Mills, the ex-CIA operative who stopped at nothing to rescue his daughter from sadistic kidnappers.

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common sense

ON for kids age 15
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
2 out of 5
4 out of 5

Less violent, more sympathetic sequel delivers the thrills.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Taken 2 is the sequel to the 2009's hit thriller Taken, but it's less mean and vicious than the original, with more sympathetic characters and a more anti-revenge stance. Still, there are plenty of fights, chases, and shootouts, as well as torture scenes, though most of the really brutal stuff occurs off screen. A teen girl is shown making out with her boyfriend, with the boyfriend working at the buttons on her dress, but they're interrupted. Another kiss is shown, as well as the girl wearing a bikini. Language is very infrequent but includes about four uses of "s--t" (three of them during an intense chase scene).

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about Taken 2's violence. How much is shown, and how much is kept off screen? How does that affect its impact? Is the movie still thrilling?
  • Is revenge considered a wise and appropriate thing to do in this story, or is it frowned upon? How does that compare to the original movie?
  • Talk about the ethical and moral lines that characters cross in the movie. Are Bryan's actions justified?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: The one thing that comes across is Neeson's character really likes fighting Albanians.

- Adam Graham, Detroit News, Friday, October 5, 2012

Rotten: A meta-American movie, a Godardian spoof of the whole genre, an attempt to see how stupid and insulting a motion picture can be and still be a big hit.

- Andrew O'Hehir,, Sunday, October 7, 2012

Rotten: A sequel every bit as clumsy, ham-handed, outlandish and laughable as the original was sleek, tough and efficient.

- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Friday, October 5, 2012

Audience Reviews

3 stars

its surprising me that Liam Nelson who kidnapped. but the 1st movie much better than this. btw, I like the ending.

- fb1019018362, Monday, February 4, 2013

3 stars

A very enjoyable sequel with plenty of action. It's missing a certain something second time round though, maybe the detective work to track his daughter down added more suspense in the first. Good to see the daughter and ex-wife have larger roles this time though. Unfortunately though I got a bad feeling there could be a 3rd, which really would stretch the franchise too far.

- Deano78, Friday, October 19, 2012

3 stars

First they took his daughter. Now they're coming for him. Took me away again It's very hard that I can actually watch a hollywood action film and enjoy it. Infact the last time that happened was probably in 2008 when Taken came out. However, I was able to fully enjoy Taken 2 too. "When the father of one of the villains Bryan killed swears revenge, and takes Bryan and his wife hostage in Istanbul, Bryan enlists Kim to help them escape." Alright the movie is repetitive, but if it worked the first time than it worked this time too, obviously not to the same level, but it was able to fully keep me entertained and rooting for some Mills action. Like mentioned Im not a huge fan of action films when it is made in the famous hollywood explosion manner. However, the Taken franchise has able to add something new on screen that really is able to catch my attention. Maybe it is Neeson's wonderful acting of the pacing of the movie. Whatever it is they are doing it's working, at least for me. I really enjoyed this movie. Bryan Mills: I killed your son because he kidnapped my daughter!

- PedroPauloA, Sunday, October 14, 2012