While I enjoyed the movie Taken, I have a bad viewing history with it. It was released just before my friends and I went on a month long backpacking trip across Europe and my parents became convinced Paris was full of criminals trafficking third year university students.
While my parents are pretty cool, they don’t have Mission Impossible skills like Liam Neeson, which added another level of concern. Old Liam NEVER loses his cool in the movie even when the odds are stacked against him. If it was any other parent in the universe they might act differently. This dude, Captain Hippo wanted to investigate what would happen if a real dad was put in that situation. They couldn’t find any, so they used their own. The result is a meatball loving dude who has to decide between watching the next episode of Home Improvement and rescuing his son from the bad guys.
Well, he gives it his best shot.
Watch it here:
I argued with the male (obvs) co-workers in my office that the amount of vengeful misfortune that befalls this one man is highly unlikely. But in the end, who cares if it’s unrealistic because now we get the second instalment of Taken, the franchise that scares the bejuice out of parents everywhere and makes them disuade their offspring from EVER travelling alone.
Anyway, retired CIA operative Bryan Mills travels to Istanbul, where the father of a kidnapper Mills killed while rescuing his daughter seeks revenge. The bedraggled father goes after Mills’ wife and precious daughter, who seems incredibly chipper considering she was recently coerced into a prostitution ring.
When it comes down to it you just don’t mess with Bryan Mills, or really any character played by Liam Neeson. The film, which also stars Maggie Grace and Rade Sherbedgia opens on Oct. 5.
Watch the trailer here: