Walking down the steps of the stadium seating at the end of “Taken 2,” three words popped into my head – Bang, bang, bang! Lots of shooting and car chasing in dirty, crowded, ancient Istanbul, Turkey. Single-handedly, of course, Liam Neeson’s character, Brian Mills, kills about fifteen Albanians bent on revenge.
Mills, former CIA agent turned car washer and security guard, has a gig for the latter in Istanbul. He’s staying in a nice hotel and packing to leave, when his daughter Kim (Maggie Grace) and ex-wife Lenore (Famke Janssen) surprise him. Lenore is divorcing her current husband and Kim tries to get her parents back together.
Meanwhile, back in Albania, the family of the Albanians, who had kidnapped Kim for their human trafficking industry in “Taken,” buries the men Mills had killed and plots to find and kill him and his family. The leader of the revenge squad and father of one of the dead traffickers is Murad Krasniqi (Rade Serbedzija). After discovering where Mills is located, Krasniqi and his cronies drive the approximately 500 miles in a three-vehicle caravan to Istanbul.
After a car chase through densely crowded and narrow streets, Mills and Lenore are captured. When they are left alone, chained in a hideout, Mills manages to call Kim, who remained at the hotel, to warn her and give her instructions. She hides from the kidnappers, retrieves his CIA suitcase, and waits for him to call back, which he does after Lenore has been cut and hung upside down to bleed to death in front of him. Having made sure to remember the sounds and turns of their hooded ride to the abandoned building, he tells Kim how to find them and to bring some grenades and his gun.
While Mills manages to free himself, cut down Lenore, and open a steam pipe, Kim throws grenades from rooftops, avoids more bad guys, and manages to drop the gun down the steam pipe to her dad. Leaving a very weak Lenore behind, he kills all the guys guarding them and escapes with Kim for another car chase in a stolen taxi until they crash through the U.S. Embassy gates. Then he goes back for Lenore and kills the rest of the Albanians. Lots of action but little else.
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars.