Liam Neeson looks tough in the first images from Taken 2

I think I was as surprised as everyone else when I watched TAKEN and actually enjoyed it.  Most shockingly was the fact that Liam Neeson established himself as a bona fide action star.  And with the tremendous success of the original in theaters and on home video, it only made sense that they would move forward with a sequel.  And below we have the first images, courtesy of EW, from the film.  Isn’t it kind of weird thinking of Liam Neeson as an action star?  For so long we associated Liam Neeson with period dramas and now every time I look at him, I want him to go snap someone’s neck.

You’re probably wondering/hoping that they don’t pull a HANGOVER PART II and have his daughter run off to a foreign country and get kidnapped, only to force him to come save her.  I was hoping they would avoid the same plotline as well and it looks like we’re in luck.  This time around, Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) is vacationing with his wife and daughter in Istanbul, when a father of one of the guys he killed in the first film comes looking for revenge.  As you can see from the pictures below, it looks like it doesn’t turn out well for the angry dad.  Whether or not Mills’ wife and daughter get kidnapped remains to be seen.  I doubt the sequel will pave any new roads, but it’s always fun to watch Liam Neeson get angry and then get even with some bad guys.

TAKEN 2 is set to star Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen, Luke Grimes, Rade Serbedzija and Leland Orser.  Olivier Megaton (who did an average job in the below average COLOMBIANA) is directing the sequel from a screenplay by Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen.  Liam Neeson will bust heads again on October 5th.

Liam Neeson in Taken 2

Liam Neeson in Taken 2

Liam Neeson in Taken 2

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