BY JENNA SIMPSON
Before seeing Taken, I had no idea that Liam Neeson could play a tough guy (I was late to see Batman Begins, and was not a Star Wars or British Isles historical fiction fan). Now, I pretty much love seeing Liam Neeson beat people up. It’s awesome. It sort of makes sense, since he’s a pretty big man, broad and solid. But it also doesn’t make sense. I mean, he’s Schindler. He’s Daniel, the heartbroken widower raising his stepson alone in Love Actually. He’s freaking Alfred Kinsey. He’s only three years younger than my dad.
But you know what? He kicks ass. In a serious, really-means-it kind of way. In a believable way, unlike so many other actors his age who attempt fight scenes. I believe that if Liam Neeson’s daughter was kidnapped, he would search the ends of the earth for her and severely harm the man responsible. I believe that “Liam Neeson Kicking Ass” should be its own genre.
In Taken 2, Neeson is himself kidnapped, along with his wife, as revenge for allllllllll the killing he did in Taken. He once again uses his old Spycraft techniques to facilitate his escape, only this time he relies on his daughter to help him out and be his saviour, which is a nice little twist of inspiration for teenage girls everywhere. And once again, he kicks everybody’s ass.
There’s nothing particularly flashy or amazingly-clever about this movie. It’s a movie in which Liam Neeson beats people up. If you like that kind of thing, as I do, then you’ll probably be down with this flick. If you’re expecting anything else, you’ll likely be disappointed. So, take it for what it is, know your stance on the issue of Liam Neeson beating people up, and either see it, or don’t.
(Also, Maggie Grace doesn’t age. Seriously, she’s almost 30 and she pretty convincingly plays a 16-17 year old here. I want the name of her skin care regimen.)