Thursday, 18 October 2012
Taken 2 Commentary
But the thriller was executed very poorly. There are just too many holes and conveniences to make it a realistic story that I can get lost in. the first Taken had that element. It always seemed plausible and portrayed a very nasty situation so vividly that it was almost disturbing (and, if I had daughters, I probably would have been traumatized by watching it). Taken 2 loses all of that element of the movie. Sure, the action (what little there is - it takes a half hour for anything to happen) and fights (fist and gun) are pretty decent but it is overshadowed by things like Kim conveniently finding a whole ensemble of clothes that fit her perfectly in a maid's locker. Or Bryan being able to figure out where he is and where to go later (two different places) using the same information he took in while blindfolded. He also has a very intimate knowledge of Istanbul's slummy areas and then has to recall the sounds he heard in the van? That whole aspect is just too confusing to really explain without a three pint conversation. But the worst hole is just so preposterous; how does a person who has failed a driver's test three times suddenly become able to execute advanced driving maneuvers in a stick shift in unfamiliar, narrow and crowded streets?
It really was a waste of good acting performances and decent directing. There's just too many of those holes combined with an uninspired and predictable story that it really failed as a sequel. They should have just left well enough alone with the first one. Don't see it. Watch the first one again and get chills down your spine.