Warning: possible spoiler alert.
Okay, so firstly the whole concept of Taken 2 is a bit worrying. In the first film, Liam Neeson’s daughter, played by Maggie Grace (from Lost), is kidnapped in Paris to be sold for prostitution. Liam Neeson’s character Bryan is a retired CIA agent. When he receives a phone call from Kim (Maggie Grace), he rushed to her aid, tracking her down and killing her abductors.
When I heard there was to be a Taken 2, I was dubious. Surely the girl had learnt her lesson by now? The film begins with Bryan taking his daughter and ex-wife with him to Istanbul. Here, the father of one of the kidnappers from the first film tracks him down. He manages to capture Bryan and his ex-wife, but luckily Kim manages to evade capture.
It is at this point in the film where it went downhill for me. Kim is in her hotel room, and Bryan calls her from a tiny phone/pager he just happens to have in his shoe. Thus he is able to advise her how to hide from the abductors. He then tells her to go to his room, unlock a suitcase full of weapons (which he managed to get to Istanbul how?), where there also ‘happens’ to be a local map. She then uses shoelaces (?!) to locate him on the map by drawing circles depending on how many miles he has calculated to have travelled. She then tales a grenade and throws it onto a car park across from the hotel, so that he can hear the explosion on the phone and decipher how far away he is. There are so many questions derived from this; how did he get the weapons over the US and Istanbul borders, why no one ever raises an alarm to a grenade and how she is able to locate him from a map and shoelaces. The grenade madness continues, when she travels to his supposed location, and keeps setting off grenades until he can notice the destruction.
Eventually they are reunited, but Bryan has to leave his unconscious ex-wife to ensure he gets Kim to safety. When he goes back for her, she is just leaving in a car. He then escorts Kim to the American Embassy, and goes looking for Kim’s mother. Somehow he manages to track her by recognising one of the men outside a building, even though he did not get the numberplate, and they were in the middle of the city.
I know the films were probably creating for the action/violence, but I just felt the plot and so many holes, too many lucky chances for it to be believable. Hopefully they have learned their lesson and will not make a Taken 3!