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MOVIE REVIEWS: TAKEN

October 5, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Most critics are clearly not taken with Taken 2. Some, in fact, are downright derisive. “There’s no need to wait for the “Mad” magazine parody of Taken 2, writes Peter Howell in the Toronto Globe and Mail. “It’s already hilariously up there on the screen.” Wesley Morris in the Boston Globe is a little kinder, but not much. “It’s a stupid movie by smart people who aren’t smart enough to realize it’s stupid. The absurdity grows like mold in the dank, dark of seriousness,” he writes. Some critics suggest that there’s very little “2” up there on the screen and a lot of copying of “1.” “It’s an interesting thing about Hollywood, ” John Anderson remarks in the Wall Street Journal, “If something works, copy it slavishly, right down to the flaws.” Kenneth Turan in the Los Angeles Times also judges it to be pretty much “the same story all over again.” But Roger Ebert in the Chicago Sun-Times says the film delivers “slick, professional action” by a cast that is “uniformly capable and dead serious.” And Claudia Puig in USA Today makes a similar call. The film she says is “a serviceable action flick.”