While Liam Neeson had certainly done action-type roles before (Darkman, anybody?), it will always be 2009’s Taken that will be seen as the start of his “Badass My Way Around The World” tour, which eventually culminated in him getting into a fistfight with a few Arctic wolves not too long ago.
But now Neeson will be returning to the role that catapulted him into action hero status, despite being old enough to be a grandfather. And judging by these three first-look images from Taken 2, this is still one mean ou toppie.
Look at his grim-set face in that final picture. Want to take a gander at how many craps he gives about the fact that he is currently sending Unnamed Terrorist #1 to an early grave, depriving Mrs Unnamed Terrorist #1 of a husband? I’d hazard it to be somewhere between zero and zilch.
My only concern is that Oliver Megaton, who replaces Pierre Morel in the director’s chair, will seriously need to up his game. His Transporter 3 was an overyly stylized mess, and while Colombiana was a step in the right direction it was a slightly above average stride at best. By contrast, the first Taken was not only universally praised but was also a massive commercial hit as well. Having a budget of only $25 million it eventually went on to make $226.8 million globally. Talk about some big shoes to fill.
Liam Neeson returns as Bryan Mills, the retired CIA agent with a particular set of skills who stopped at nothing to save his daughter Kim (Maggie Grace) from Albanian kidnappers. When the father of one of the kidnappers swears revenge and takes Bryan and his wife (Famke Janssen) hostage during their family vacation in Istanbul, Bryan enlists Kim to help them escape, and uses the same advanced level of special forces tactics to get his family to safety and systematically take out the kidnappers one by one.
(Source: Entertainment Weekly)
Last Updated: May 18, 2012