The general response to Taken 2 is negative. I've heard and read mostly bad things. I thought the first one was cool and so I went into part 2 keeping my expectations low. Well, I thought it kicked ass! Picking up almost directly after the events of the previous movie Liam Neeson's character (ex CIA operative Bryan Mills) finds himself the target of a criminal father who's son was killed during the previous events. While visiting Istanbul Mills and his wife are taken and their daughter evades capture. Using his CIA skills Mills turns the tables (of course) and leads a furious rampage to freedom. I don't really understand what people view so negatively. As with almost every Luc Besson production (as writer/producer) it's a fast-paced, violent and taut action/thriller. It delivers bang-for-buck and is exactly what it promises to be! The Turkish backdrop lends a great aesthetic with Besson's flair for alleyway chases and street vendor mayhem. With a short time to reflect on what I've just watched I think I enjoyed it more than the first. Good stuff.... don't take it too seriously!