High-concept action movies are great, but sometimes they strain logic and credibility. For instance, John McClane, Bruce Willis’ character in the Die Hard franchise, has increasingly bad days that should only happen once in a lifetime. The third installment parodies this by having the terrorist plot appear to be personal, but by Live Free or Die Hard, the happenings seem to be random again.
That kind of logical gap appears to be a problem for Liam Neeson, whose action sequel Taken 2 will appear in theaters on Oct. 5. In an interview that took place during the most recent Empire Magazine podcast, the star laments that his character’s daughter can only go missing so many times without audiences starting to question the entire premise. In his own words:
I don’t see it. I don’t think it’s going to happen. I really don’t. I can’t see a possible scenario where audiences wouldn’t go, ‘Oh, come on…! She’s taken again?’
Of course, a flimsy premise has never stopped filmmakers from wringing every prequel they possibly can from a particular plot. The crew from The Fast and the Furious, for instance, has probably stolen every car on the planet a few times over. Still, this might just mean that future Taken films feature a different lead. Maybe Maggie Grace, who stars as Neeson’s daughter in the films, will end up having to rescue kids of her own someday.