The thesis statement of Taken 2 seems to hold that once you’ve dipped your toe into the criminal world, you’ve entered a murky swamp with an undercurrent that’s just going to keep pulling you deeper down into depravity. When Liam Neeson’s daughter got snatched up by kidnappers in the first Taken, he didn’t handle things by going to the proper authorities, he handled them by tracking the kidnappers down and brutally murdering them one at a time until he got her back. If you’ll remember, it was completely awesome.
But it turns out all of those people he killed had families – criminal families – and now they’re out for revenge. In this trailer for Olivier Megaton’s Taken 2, it’s not just the daughter that gets taken, it’s the entire family. So Neeson is going to have to fight extra hard, he’s going to have to dig deep into his cache of skills, and he’s going to have to be as steadfastly brutal as he’s ever been on film before…because he’s got a whole lot of people to kill.
This trailer seems to take a reverent, almost Biblical approach the presenting violence and revenge. It’s holding your hand and reassuring you, don’t worry, people will be killed in this movie, their killings will be needlessly brutal, and it will be awesome. This concept sets up something of a conundrum for Neeson’s character though. What happens after he kills all of the bad guys in this film? Will all of their sleazebag friends then come looking for revenge? Yes, and Liam Neeson will kill them too. He’ll probably have to keep killing until there aren’t any more evil-looking, vaguely foreign character actors left in Hollywood. So let it be written, so let it be done.
There hasn’t been a movie franchise this exciting since Charles Bronson was knocking off street punks in Death Wish.
Taken 2 opens on October 5th. [Yahoo! Movies]