I am left to wonder how Taken 2 has been screwed at the movie review site rottentomatoes with the movie averaging 21% among professional movie critics. I have disagreed with their reviews before. At least the common people got it more right with a 55% rating. I would give the movie an 80%. I liked Liam Neeson's fight scenes, and I felt the plot moved along nicely. Maggie Grace who plays his daughter also makes for good eye candy. I liked how the movie was not over-the-top, and the action scenes seemed believable. I had low expections going into watching this movie, and I wound up having a good time watching it. I enjoyed it more than my recently watched Looper--although I would rate Looper higher--and I enjoyed it more than Neeson's other 2012 movie The Grey.
Is Taken 2 worth a $4.99 rental? I would say barely, but my video store has a deal where I get rentals for under $1 on certain days.