Taken 2


(2012) ★★½

Channel 4: PREMIERE Saturday 27 June, 9pm

Albanian gangster Rade Sherbedgia wants Liam Neeson to pay for killing his sex-trafficking son. As luck would have it, Neeson’s new security job is in Istanbul… and his ex-wife Famke Janssen is with him. This time it’s daughter Maggie Grace initiating a rescue charge, under dad’s brusque guidance. Once the clunky set-up is out of the way, the brutal action in this outlandish sequel is handled extremely slickly by Luc Besson’s Transporter cohort, Olivier Megaton. Neeson’s retired CIA guy – possessive, obsessive and borderline autistic – faces each obstacle with the implacable certainty of Steven Seagal. Not much a role for Famke, mind. And even worse was in store for her in Taken 3. Which Sky Movies Box Office is showing at 10.15pm. The ‘extended cut’, if you can bear it.

Certificate: 12

Duration: 98min