The Final Cut: 'Taken 2'

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October 4, 2012, 10:15 pm
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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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Tags: Erick Weber, The Final Cut, Taken 2, Taken, Liam Neeson, opening weekend, box office scores, Maggie Grace
It was many moons ago in a darkened theater that my love of cinema took root as I snuck in to see my first R-rated film, Blade Runner. The futuristic vision that Ridley Scott unleashed on the screen was simply soul-expanding — spiritual even. From that moment, my mission to have that kind of magic strike again began in earnest. My hope is to be able to shine a light on films that may just have that kind of effect on you — films that may be lesser known, but not lesser in impact. 
- Erick Weber

Final Cut Scoring System
99-95% Opening night
94-90% Opening weekend
89-86% In theaters
85-83% On Demand
82-80% Netflix/Redbox
79-75% If desperate
74-70% If dozing off
69-65% If intoxicated
64-60% If comatose
Below 60% If brain dead

Erick's reviews
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