I started reading. Came to the part that mentioned the watered down certificate of 12a. Yet, at the top the Cert:15a. Hmm. This kind of inconsistency makes me not trust the reviewer.
Taken 2 was reduced from a 15A to a 12A on appeal in Ireland. The film was cut in the UK to get a 12A there, so 20th Century Fox wanted a 12A here as well (we end up with the same cut version too). A really, really dumb thing to do. I had high hopes for this film, but once I saw that it had been dumbed-down for children I knew it would be a sell-out. I mean seriously... 12A?
Yea folks...wait for the uncut Bluray but even at that this was always gonna be a cheap cash-in.
I work in a cinema. I can tell you more adults go to the cinema then children (an adult ticket is age 15+). They will not make more money with a 12a cert. Not only that, this film already has it's Market set out - those who have seen Taken.
Oh and to add, my manager has seen it and said its horrendous :(
Given that entertainment.ie gave the first Taken 2 stars I'll reserve judgement until I see it.
^ It is a 2 star film though, when your observing it by film standards. However, Taken is so cheesy, exciting and enjoyable that it was a huge crowd pleaser. It did not need a sequel though.
Saw Taken 2 this evening and thought it was mediocre. It's clearly a compromised work - Neeson sneaks up behind a baddie and strangles him with a chain, but it all happens very quickly and there's a flashcut to hide any struggling and suffering - a sure enough restriction of the 12A cert. Also, punches and gunfire have been toned down as well. It's not a film for children in the first place, so why tone it down for them?
why does it have to be really violent anyway! Im going to see it as i enjoyed the first one but just as a bit of action it's hardly a throught provoking high brow film it is what it is and so what if it's not 15 i can't believe people are moaning about it being 12a use your imagination!
If we wanted to use our imaginations we wouldn't go to see a movie?
The first Taken was violent, so I expected the sequel to follow in the same vein. Dumbing it down for kids is just plain stupid. Some people, including myself, laughed when the 12A cert came up.
People were probably laughing because of the "on appeal" part under the cert, which really stood out as odd and only served to draw attention to itself. Our showing had a similar reaction. The movie was ok, and more enjoyable than a lot of 1 and a half star films, but you probably won't get the same thing out of it that you got from the first movie. All in all, not a complete waste of time.
I'm with the pro-violence group here. I am sick of films being diluted for a younger audience. I am an adult and like to see adult images/themes in films... I wonder if they would ever release two verions (like they do with 3D and 2D) where one is 18s and then one is 12a's (the 12a being a very strict cut version obviously).
The "two different versions" theory was tested out in the UK a few years ago with Bruno. It got an 18 there, with cinemas reporting that many teenagers were trying to get into it. The studio responded by cutting the film and having a 15 version in cinemas at the same time as the 18 version. It would make a lot of sense, as tampering with the director's vision is not good.
Go see in the cinema - hugely satisfying actioner was what I saw...these high faluttin "critic's" reviews are too cerebral - bear in mind the regular guy who wants a more neanderthal thrill :)
This is a real colour by numbers film. By that I mean that the story and the characters are the same, all we have to do this time round is paint over the numbers. Liam Nesson reminds us again, as if we needed reminding, that the world is not a safe place. He has me convinced of that one anyway. . His daughter Kim is still scared, but she needs to focus, how many times do you have to tell this girl. At least his wife seems a bit more reasonable this time round. She knows now that you just do not get on a plane and go somewhere for a relaxing holiday without being kidnapped by the most dangerous race of people on the planet. I wonder what the Albanian tourist board think about the whole thing, but I can tell them one thing, no amount of dancing girls and beautiful scenery is going to persuade me that the next time I meet someone from Albanian, that I should'nt do anything other than stick a frock in their forehead. Having said all that there is not a lot new in this film, apart from Kim having a boyfriend this time round. We see very little of him, but he turns up at the end eating a chocolate sunday. He needs to be told that the world is nothing like a chocolate sunday.
This film deserves more than one and a half stars, don't let this review put you off. If you like action films and you liked the first one, you probably will like Taken 2. It's not as good as the first movie but sequels rarely are!
I really enjoyed the first movie and was really looking forward to the follow up, alas the story is very similar. Liam Neeson has more lives than a cat , he just can not be killed, so if you like exagerated action ( James Bond Style ) then this is the movie for you.
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I am going to see it for my birthday i kudt want to know how goodit is out of 10
Adnan Ch your a gobs**te.
Apparently the largest cause of death for Albanian males aged 18 - 35 is now Liam Neeson.
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