Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Tuesday’s Top Trailer: Taken 2

Welcome to a weekly feature here at Movies with Abe, Tuesday's Top Trailer. One of my favorite parts about going to see movies is the series of trailers that airs beforehand and, more often than not, the trailer is far better than the actual film. Each week, I'll be sharing a trailer I've recently seen. Please chime in with comments on what you think of the trailer and how you think the movie is going to be.

Taken 2 – Opening October 5, 2012

This trailer was just released a couple of days ago, and while this isn’t going to be the best film of the year, expectations are high for different reasons. Liam Neeson, who was actually a pretty great actor in the 1990s with films like “Schindler’s List,” has found a new career as an action hero with an incomparable cool in the most intense of situations. His last effort, “The Grey,” was more over-the-top than not, but the first “Taken” film was good mainly because of its leading star’s awesomeness. It’s not the kind of movie that demands a sequel, but the box office did, and as a result, here it is. The plot seems decently sensible – someone coming after Neeson’s Bryan Mills and his family as revenge for all of the criminals he took out in the first film – and there’s actually the creation of a little franchise evident in some of the lines from the trailer. Bryan telling his daughter that “Your mother is about to be taken” on the phone evokes a similar scene from the first film, which could easily be replicated in an endless number of sequels to come. The reason to see this movie, however, is to see Neeson kick ass, and lines like “You’ll just have to die” are tailor-made for the actor. While I may not rush out to see this out in theatres, I definitely know its entertainment value and would enjoy seeing it at some point.

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