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Taken 2 Review Critics


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  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 50

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    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    You know what happens in Taken 2, don't you? The same thing that happened four years ago in Taken, but different. (But the same.)

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  • 60

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    Wall Street Journal John Anderson

    Less magical is the blind adherence to formula evident in most of Taken 2. As they might say in the advertising department, it's an adrenaline-fueled thrill ride. But it could have been much more.

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  • 63

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    USA Today Scott Bowles

    The first half of Taken 2 is a serviceable action flick, but the second half descends into cliches.

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  • 70

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    The Hollywood Reporter

    Moviegoers who liked Taken and want more of the same will get precisely that.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 13 & under

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).

  • 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?

The good stuff
  • message true1

    Messages: Compared to the first movie, Taken 2 has a more anti-revenge stance. The main character takes the law into his own hands, but he's also a supreme problem-solver, using his head and the resources at his disposal. During this process, he learns how to better communicate with and trust his daughter, and they work together well. Additionally, through patience and understanding, he re-connects with his ex-wife. Love of family is a powerful theme.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: The main character is resourceful, tough, brave, kind, and a problem-solver. He resorts to violence, but mainly as a last resort. Though divorced, he tries his best to be involved in being a good role model for his daughter. She, likewise, demonstrates bravery and strength over the course of the movie, though she's not as cool and collected as her father.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Lots of shooting, fighting, chasing, and explosions, though much of the blood and death occurs off screen. The main character's ex-wife is kidnapped and tortured, though not extensively or gruesomely. (Potential spoiler alert: The bad guys cut a slit in her throat and hang her upside down so that she'll die slowly, but this gives the hero plenty of time to rescue her.) Other medium-level torture scenes (some in flashback); stabbing with scissors takes place off screen. One villain makes a vague threat of rape in regards to the daughter ("Your daughter will be abused by so many men, she will be like a piece of meat").

  • sex false2

    Sex: Kim is shown making out with her boyfriend on a couch. He fumbles with the buttons of her dress, but they're interrupted. She's later shown wearing a bikini. (The actress playing Kim is 29, but it's suggested that the character could be as young as 17 or 18.) Otherwise, an ex-husband and wife appear to be considering getting back together. The ex-wife kisses the husband in one scene.

  • language false2

    Language: Infrequent language includes a few uses of of "s--t," plus "bastard," "goddamn," and a couple of uses of "oh my God."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Many Mercedes-Benz vehicles are seen, particularly in a key chase scene.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: The main character and his ex-wife share a glass of wine in one scene. The bad guys drink and smoke.