there was just one scene that made me squirm in my seat, but aside from that, Taken 2 does nothing else to surpass the original. the movie kind of reminded me of the breakfast club, because all the action took place in just one day. also, i don't think that it was a good idea to use the same plot from the original because it lost the excitement that the first was all about. instead of wondering, "what will Bryan do?", the audience immediately knows that he has something up his sleeve that will solve his current dilemma. even though everyone raged about how awesome this is, i still prefer the original.
Taken 2 wasn't what i was hoping for but it does its job of entertaining and engaging well enough for a sequel.