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"I don't know who you are but if you don't let my daughter go, I will find you, I will kill you."
On October 12, one of 2009's cult action movie hits' sequel will hit the ground running and we're intrigued to see how it has shaped up. Of course, given our insatiable appetite for films, we'd like to think we have a pretty good idea of what gets audiences' goats and what doesn't so here's our take (no pun intended) on Taken 2 and whether we should expect box office gold at all.
Before we set about preordaining the doom of this poor film, let's take a small stroll down memory lane. The first Taken didn't exactly have a script penned by some genius. Really, it seemed like the writers of 24 had simply spat out an older Jack Bauer, given him less screen time and made the entire plot unfold in 24 days rather than 24 hours. Sure the relentlessly quick pace, blowout action sequences and somewhat rivetting story (Neeson is a retired CIA agent who is determined to save his estranged daughter from being sold into prostitution after she was kidnapped on a trip to Paris) were enough to keep us glued right through but can Hollywood really sell us the same story twice?
From what we can tell from Taken 2's international trailer (watch below) all the people who Neeson managed to piss off in the first film are back for revenge. Which is obviously most easily sought out by taking his family yet again. Only this time, the writers threw his wife into the mix as well. First of all, who would be crazy enough to take another member of one-man-army Neeson's family again and secondly, how many more unbelievable action sequences is it going to take to sell an audience on what is essentially the same story retold?
Still, there's no denying that Hollywood is currently banking on Neeson to get them out of the doldrums they've been experiencing in the last few months. Audience interest definitely seems to be higher given Neeson's new status as a cult action star so here's what we think is going to happen. The film's weekend opening will be reasonably successful, perhaps even crossing the 40 million dollar mark but it's all going to be downhill from there.
Because if we're brutally honest about it, the first Taken film was a complete surprise hit but if the second doesn't bomb at the Box Office it'll be far more than a surprise—it will be a miracle!
Here's the trailer for appetite-whetting purposes:
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