Friday, January 13, 2012

'Taken 2' - Take No Prisoners

There often comes a time when you find a movie that you can watch over and over and never grow tired of it. That movie for me is the jam packed action thriller, Taken (2008) starring Liam Neeson. Now, Neeson alone is the kind of actor with presence and acting chops who demands your attention when he is on screen. Taken  gave him the opportunity to apply those acting chops to some kick butt moves as his character, Bryan Mills - a retired, highly trained CIA field agent, leaves a trail of bad guys in his wake as he searches for his kidnapped daughter.

(Think 24 on the big screen without the countdown clock, but with the same amount of aggression, violence, and use of one's angry 'outside voice'.)

After around my 14th viewing I would even close my eyes and envision Aslan (whom Neeson voiced) from The Chronicles of Narnia movie series taking on bad guys and saving the day. You should try it sometime. The trailer played during 2008's Superbowl contained the classic scene following the capture of Bryan Mills' daughter, where he calmly delivers the chilling lines seen below. If you've seen the film, welcome back the memories; if not, enjoy!

I don't know who you are. I don't know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don't have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now, that'll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don't, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you.

Taken 2 will be coming out this year in October with the same cast from before and even more action, I'm sure. I don't know how Neeson will be able to top that line from the first movie though, but I can't wait to find out!