DVD REVIEW-TAKEN 2

Taken 2 sees Liam Neeson reprise his role as Taken 2 DVD coverBryan Mills, the man with a “certain set of skills”. Taken 2 is not a particularly good film, but it’s not THAT bad either.

The action takes place in Istanbul, Bryan is now back on active duty as a private bodyguard for the rich and famous. His ex-wife and daughter decide to fly out and surprise him. The families of the gangsters of the first film, seeking to avenge the people Bryan killed. He and his wife are taken and he then gives his certain set of skills to his daughter, over a mini-phone he keeps in his sock.



There are some intense sequences, but the action is not quite as good as the first film, the writing is generic and the editing pretty convoluted and kinetic, sometimes working and sometimes not. What really hurts the film is the fact that the studio pushed for a lower rating, so there is a lot of ‘cut to gun firing, cut to a body falling on the floor’ moments. The most laughable death occurs when Liam Neeson breaks someone’s neck, simply by putting his arm under the man’s nose.

There are also some huge logic gaps in the film, Bryan and Kim steal a cab, crash through the US embassy and the US embassy just seemingly let Bryan go back to shoot up Istanbul. Strangely the film succeeds in entertaining, I was never bored. If you’re looking for an engaging action film, stick Taken on. If you’re looking for something to watch at the end of a hard day, stick Taken 2 on. Look out for the inevitable Taken 3, where it turns out Kim’s boyfriend is the gangster’s second son, Marco.

DVD extras

  • Extended and Theatrical Versions

Taken 2 is released on DVD on February 4th, 2013.

Episode 69: The Dark Knight trilogy

In which Martyn and Ash are joined by Martyn’s friend, Chris. The trio is joined by Phil from the who’s he podcast.

They discuss Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. The Dark Knight Series is a set of three Christopher Nolan Batman movies. It includes Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight(2008), and The Dark Knight Rises (2012). Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, and Cillian Murphy appeared in all three movies.

The Trilogy is considered by many to be one of the best of all time. Batman’s grounded portrayal was universally acclaimed.

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Life’s Too Short-Episode One

I wasn’t a fan of the office, I’m still not, now that could be because I have never had an office job, I’ve never been a nine-to-fiver, I’ve ever had to engage in office politics or go to the office Christmas party. I did, however, love Extras. In my late teens and early twenties, I flirted with acting, I did a few stage plays and the odd bit of work as an extra, so I understood the agonising process of casting, I understood the hunger to be respected, to be famous. Extras spoke to me in a way, The Office didn’t.

I’ve been a fan of Gervais and Merchant’s other collaborative work, such as their X-FM radio show, their podcast, An Idiot Abroad and Cemetery Junction. So I was looking forward to Life’s too short. Life’s Too Short sees a return to the mockumentary style sitcom that made Gervais and Merchant’s household names, but instead of the normal person having their fifteen minutes of fame, which was all the rage in the late ’90s, they’ve now taken the format of a z-list celebrity living their life as an open wound.



The celebrity in question is Warwick Davis; Davis plays a fictionalised version of himself. The fictionalised Davis is a cross between the office’s David Brent and Extra’s Andy Millman. Davis is in debt to the Inland Revenue for £250,000, he is going through a messy divorce, hasn’t worked in a while and is desperate for a job. So, he turns to Gervais and Merchant begging them to do more extras or cast him in a new project. They try their best to get rid of him, but he comes back like a bad penny, every time.
Episode one wasn’t as laugh out loud as I was expecting but it was funny and extremely enjoyable. I think people sometimes expect too much from comedy writers, comedy is extremely difficult to get right, which is why I write reviews and not sitcoms.

The highlight of the episode was Liam Neeson trying out improv comedy about aids. His line about being cast in Schindler’s list, because he always makes lists was genius.
Davis shows remarkable comic timing and I see him winnings few awards in 2012. Gervais also pokes fun at himself, by having Neeson ask him how he continually gets away with playing himself.

I’m going to stick with Life’s too short. Yes, episode one was a bit shaky, but Gervais and Merchant on an off day are still better than most things on TV.

Life’s too short airs on Thursdays, at 9:30 pm on BBC2