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(NECN: Erick Weber) - 'Taken' was the film that made Liam Neeson a bankable movie star.
In fact, the 2009 thriller went on to haul in over $200 million worldwide, and with that kind of success, a sequel was inevitable. But is "Taken 2" worth opening your wallet for?
Neeson returns as Bryan Mills, the ex-CIA operative who mowed down scores of thugs to save his daughter from becoming a sex slave.
Well, this time around one of the those thugs' father wants to settle the score with a nasty dose of revenge.
The bad guys capture Mills and his ex-wife, leaving Mills' daughter, played again by Maggie Grace, to save her dad - oh the irony.
The film bills itself as a thriller, but scores some of the biggest laughs of 2012 with a script that's littered with more absurdities than the entire Naked Gun franchise - combined.
When Grace begins throwing live grenades around town to find her dad via his echolocation skills, I simply lost it.
Now I must apologize to the folks who were sitting near me during the screening, since I simply could not control my outbursts of laughter.
For those hearty chuckles, I'm dishing out a general Final Cut score of 65 percent.
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