At this point in his career, Liam Neeson is practically the patron saint of killing as many bad guys as it takes to protect your family, so it makes perfect sense that he's in negotiations to star in 'The All Nighter.' Boiled down to its basic elements, the film sounds like another entry in the "older badass kills countless people after they threaten his family" subgenre. Throw in a few tense cell phone conversations and you have classic Neeson.
The fictional family at the center of the ‘Taken’ movies joins the Freelings (‘Poltergeist’), the Brodys (‘Jaws’), the Connors (‘The Terminator’) and the McClanes (‘Die Hard’) as those which will never be free of their respective threats. Sharks and Grubers and robot assassins and cult leader ghosts just don’t rest as long as their and Hollywood’s objectives remain unfulfilled, and the same goes for the vengeful Albanians who will just keep coming after Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) and his ex-wife and daughter (Famke Jansen and Maggie Grace) until they’re satisfied.
But will there be a ‘Taken 3’ to depict the next step in this ongoing family feud, which we saw in ‘Taken 2’ is focused primarily between the Millses and the clan of kidnapping kingpin Murad Krasniqi (Rade Serbedzija)?
Inhuman monsters who kidnap young women for the purposes of human trafficking have families too. And, it turns out, they're just as inhuman and monstrous. In 'Taken 2,' the father of one of the many (MANY!) men Liam Neeson killed in the pursuit of his daughter in 'Taken' swears vengeance. "I don't care what he did," he tells Neeson's Brian Mills when they finally meet. "I'll never see his face again, or hear his voice again." Yes, that sweet angelic voice, no doubt cooing something about how he wants that new sex slaves' manacles tightened before she tries to escape again.
In preparation for 'Taken 2,' hitting theaters tomorrow, we decided to re-watch a couple of Liam Neeson's masterpieces -- 'Clash of the Titans' and 'Wrath of the Titans.' (Okay, so they're not exactly American treasures.) The first time around, we were incredibly impressed with Neeson's stamina and willingness to take on two roles, (Zeus and Hades) but then the second time through took all that reverence away when we realized the actor and his co-star Ralph Fiennes were not the same person.
Gotta love a trailer that opens with Liam Neeson threatening to kick your ass if you don't watch it. But by now you pretty much know what you're going to get in an ad for 'Taken 2': Liam Neeson making a threat, then carrying out said threat with his fists. It's any wonder this new "internet exclusive" trailer doesn't end with your face being punched in.