The Last Days of American Crime (dir. Olivier Megaton, 2020) – As a final response to rampant crime in the country, the US government plans to broadcast a signal that makes unlawful acts impossible to commit.
Set in the near future, the US government plans to implement the American Peace Initiative nationwide. The fancily named API is essentially a neural blocker, which will send a signal to the brain of any citizen attempting to commit a crime.
Picture A Clockwork Orange, but scrap any intent for social commentary. In fact, scrap logic, wit and plot till there is nothing left but the bare bones of the sci-fi concept. Now, the stage is set. Enter the villains.
Out to game the system is Kevin Cash (Michael Pitt), the unstable son of a crime lord. He has in mind America’s final heist before API comes into play – for the sole sake of proving his worth to his father. Career criminal Graham Bricke (Édgar Ramírez) jumps in to help despite the absence of a real plan, not before falling in love with Cash’s fiancé Shelby Dupree (Anna Brewster).
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Taken 2 (dir. Olivier Megaton, 2012) – Retired CIA operative Bryan Mills reunites with his daughter. But their family vacation is cut short when the families of his victims return for vengeance.
How many times can a family be abducted? Three, if Taken 2 doesn’t stop clinging on to the box office.
Kidnappers are people too. That is even if retired CIA operative Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) barely blinked when he killed a dozen to save one life – that of his daughter. So it makes sense that the families of his victims will return to exact vengeance on his reckless acts. Sadly, everything that follows does not.
Trouble continues to brew from where it left off. Liam Neeson settles into his brooding self with ease. His dulled expression somehow seems appropriate in face of his kidnappers’ sheer incompetence. Proving themselves to be nothing more than mere punching bags, they readily present him with consecutive opportunities to make a clean run.
In one scene, the kidnappers leave the known skilled agent unguarded, giving him sufficient time to devise a plan over a phone call. That’s right. They left him a bloody phone.
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