Taken 2 (12A, 90 mins) Action/Thriller/Romance Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen Director: Olivier Megaton Released: Thursday October 4
You’re never too old in Hollywood for a big screen renaissance.
John Travolta’s 40th birthday was very happy indeed - he celebrated an Oscar nomination for Pulp Fiction.
At the tender age of 56, striking Irish actor Liam Neeson unexpectedly reinvigorated his career as a tough-taking action man in the testosterone-fuelled thriller Taken.
The old man with the fists of fury returns in Taken 2, which dispatches the same characters to Istanbul for another explosive game of cat and mouse.
Olivier Megaton sits in the director’s chair for the sequel and he delivers more slam-bang thrills than the first instalment, embracing the preposterousness of a centrepiece car sequence which sees the hero’s daughter, who has failed her driving test, perform high-speed manoeuvres through the winding streets of the bustling Turkish metropolis.
Taken 2 is a blast that doesn’t take itself seriously, from the protracted set-up about Kim’s inability to parallel park to her transformation into a gun-toting chip off the old block.
Neeson growls his lines with suitable menace, physically suffering for his low-brow art as he is beaten to a bloody pulp while protecting his loved ones.
Janssen is the token two-dimensional love interest and Grace embraces the madness.
n Swearing,No sex, Violence n Rating: 6/10