If you are one of the many, many action buffs who contributed to the $49.5 million opening weekend of "Taken 2," here's some great news: You might not have to wait much longer for another dose of gun-wielding Liam Neeson. In an interview with Hollywood.com, "Taken 2" producer Luc Besson and writer Robert Mark Kamen hinted that it may be the time for more "Taken."
"We didn't start talking about [Taken 3] until we saw the numbers," Kamen said. "But then we said, 'Oh, okay. I think we should do a third one.' And Fox wants us to do a third one."
Still, don't expect more of the same. "We've taken everyone we can take -- it's going to go in another direction," Kamen said. "[It] should be interesting."
That should make Neeson happy. The "Taken" star recently told Collider.com that "Taken 3" probably wouldn't happen because conceit has been stretched thin.
"How many times can she be taken?" he said when asked about the possibility of a third film. "I mean, it’s bad parenthood, really, after that."
The original "Taken" film shocked critics when it opened with a $24.7 million weekend in 2008. Both films follow Neeson's character Bryan Mills, a retired CIA operative who is fighting to protect his family (played by Maggie Grace and Famke Janssen).
For more on the project, head over to the Hollywood.com.
James Berardinelli wasn't a fan of the film: <a href="http://www.reelviews.net/php_review_template.php?identifier=2531">"Two hours of nausea-inducing shaky cam footage that fails to tell a coherent or engrossing central story."</a>
Cher Lloyd - 'Sticks and Stones'
<em>NME</em> was unimpressed with Lloyd's debut album: <a href="http://www.nme.com/reviews/cher-lloyd/12428">"Cowell’s juggernaut may be stalling, and on this showing, Cher’s not proved herself nimble enough to be more than roadkill beneath its wheels." </a>
The waste of the movie's star power left Chris Foran uninterested: <a href="http://www.jsonline.com/entertainment/movies/satire-in-butter-spread-a-little-too-thin-9e7405i-172753461.html">The movie is larded up with distracting subplots and poorly used stars (Hugh Jackman as an Iowa City car dealer? Really?). </a>
Sitting through the film was torturous for Alonso Duralde: <a href="http://www.thewrap.com/movies/column-post/taken-2-review-shoddy-sequel-has-particular-set-stupid-59121">"Less a movie than it is a cinematic waterboarding." </a>
'The Paper Boy'
James Rocchi described his distaste in great detail: <a href="http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/cannes-review-lee-daniels-the-paperboy-matthew-mcconaughey-nicole-kidman-zac-efron-john-cusack-terrible-disaster-20120524">"The Paperboy," though, is something else entirely -- a lurid, florid, humid, flaccid and insipid waste of time and money for the audience and for everyone who made it." </a>
The Vaccines - 'Come of Age'
Ian Cohen was frustrated that the album seemed to focus solely on lead singer Justin Young: <a href="http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/16991-come-of-age/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+PitchforkAlbumReviews+%28Pitchfork%3A+Album+Reviews%29">"[Come of Age] is even more of a dystopian nightmare than Kid A or an El-P record: The Vaccines draw us into a universe that revolves entirely around Young, and if he's got nothing to say, his only possible conclusion is that nobody does."</a>
Miguel - 'Kaleidoscope Dream'
MIguel might not be as soulful as he thinks, according to <em>The Boston Globe</em>: <a href="http://articles.boston.com/2012-10-02/music/34171873_1_true-soul-singer-miguel-songs">"He's at his best when he slips into his expressive falsetto, but Miguel frequently comes off too remote for a true soul singer."</a>
Muse - "The 2nd Law"
The lack of risk taking didn't sit well with <em>Pitchfork</em>: <a href="http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/17281-the-2nd-law/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+PitchforkAlbumReviews+%28Pitchfork%3A+Album+Reviews%29">Having seemingly mastered all modes of excess, you'd think The 2nd Law would be Muse's unimpeachable triumph. It's not, and the problem isn't that Muse have gone too far... they haven't gone far enough.</a>