ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY
Taken 2 ★★★
An unsurprisingly formulaic sequel to phenomenally successful 2007 father-daughter kidnap thriller Taken from French writer/producer Luc Besson, Taken 2 at least flips the plot of the first film on its head. Directed, like Taken 3, by the fabulously stage-named Olivier Megaton, it mines further ore from action dad Liam Neeson, now hitting 60. In the first film, his retired CIA agent with the “very particular set of skills” had to rescue daughter Maggie Grace in Paris. Here, the man himself is abducted by the same Albanian gangsters, but in Istanbul, and he relies on her to find him, so that the pair of them can kill the baddies. The rest is chasing, shooting, leaping and detonating, with some nasty violence along the way. Famke Janssen isn’t given much to do as Neeson’s ex and Grace’s mother, considering the feminist reversal of fortunes, but Taken’s job is to grip and excite, and it does a lot of that in a rather stingy 88 minutes.
I’ll Do Anything ★★★
6.45-9.00pm Movie Mix
Struggling actor Nick Nolte tries juggling career and child-rearing in this unfairly ignored feelgood comedy originally shot as a musical. If you don’t like it, imagine Nolte’s singing scenes, all cut (sadly).
Breaking Dawn Part Two ★★★
Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson do some serious necking in the final part of the wildly popular vampire franchise.
Old Boy ★★★
Josh Brolin sets out for revenge after being held captive for 20 years without reason in Spike Lee’s fairly faithful remake of the Korean jaw-dropper.
Dawn of the Dead ★★★
Zack Snyder’s remake of George Romero’s zombie horror throws Sarah Polley and Ving Rhames together against the undead horde in an entertaining big-budget take on the 1970s horror classic.
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