Taken 2

When the sequel business takes on a humdrum quality
Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen and Maggie Grace
Directed by Olivier Megaton

Liam Neeson provides for one of the few real gruff everyman action heroes but “Taken 2,” unlike the first “Taken,” is more of the Neeson that I want to see less of, namely the "Clash of the Titans-Battleship" Neeson who’s in it for the paycheck. Neeson reprises his role as ex-CIA agent Brian Mills, who after the business in Paris from the first film can now add helicopter-parenting his teenage ... more >


Space / Prison / Year 2079
Guy Pearce, Maggie Grace and Vincent Regan
Directed by James Mather

There’s a famous Hollywood joke about how you can describe any action movie over the past twenty years as something like ”Die Hard in an orbital maximum-security prison.” That would be the one that applies to the very entertaining Lockout, a movie that is Die Hard by way of Star Wars by way of Blade Runner by way of La Femme Nikita by way of The Fifth Element by way of Escape from New York by way ... more >