Liam Neesen’s new film, Taken II, premiered at the Deauville film festival the other day and the Irish actor was a guest on French news to talk about it. If you saw the 2008 original, you’ll remember that retired CIA operative Bryan Mills rescued his daughter who’d been kidnapped in Paris. This time, the action takes place in Istanbul, when the family of one of the kidnappers wants a little payback.
The $80,000,000 dollar film was directed by Frenchman Olivier Megaton, based on a screenplay by another Frenchman, Luc Besson. (Megaton’s real name is Fontana, he adopted the more colorful name in honor of the fact that he was born on the 20th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima.) The French film is due to be released on October 5, 2012 and it promises to be just as action-packed as the first one.
The word in French for “to kidnap” is either enlever or the anglicism kidnapper. I work at a summer program in Paris. Parents who have seen Taken are easy to spot because they call multiple times on Arrivals Day until they can be assured that their little chick has made it safely to the nest. That’s the power of the movies.