When I first heard news that there would be a sequel to Taken I almost immediately smacked myself on the forehead in disbelief. I subsequently heard the echo of several more foreheads getting slapped when the news spread further and further across the internetz. How does one make a sequel to that? Does his daughter get kidnapped again? The movie was a simple standalone story that didn’t seem to leave anything open for a sequel and apparently Liam Neeson felt the same way…
“The first one for me was just a one-off. It was a huge hit, but I thought ‘That’s it.’ Then Luc Besson came back and said, ‘We want to do a sequel.’ I said, ‘Come on, how can you possibly do a sequel? What, she gets taken again? It’s crazy!’”
The trick the producers have pulled to get around this problem is simple: have Bryan Mills (and his wife, Lenore, as played by Famke Janssen) be the ones who are taken, with his daughter, Kim (Maggie Grace), the only one on the outside who can help.
“I’m able to, in a very covert way, instruct her to find out where I am being held because a sack’s been put over my head and I’m in the middle of a fucking dungeon!” explains Neeson. “It’s highly impossible yet equally possible.”
He almost sounds like he believes this is a plausible and believable plot and will work. It’s hard to tell. I still think the idea seems a little far-fetched but if the writing is up to snuff then just about any premise can make for an entertaining film. My only problem with the film is that I am not a Maggie Grace fan. At all. I cheered when Michelle Rodriguez’s character shot her in lost.
I loved Taken and right now I’m apprehensively optimistic about the film and we’ll see where things go from here.