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News in Brief – Shocking Pictures Emerge As Lovely Cows Competition Takes Centre Stage

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We’ve all seen the shocking pictures posted online in the last week, of Simon Cowell with his shirt undone. At the London premiere of the new blockbuster, One Direction’s film – in which they learn the hand L trick to tell left and right – Simon certainly showed us more than we needed to see, much like the now eponymous “Slane pics”.

In fact, unbeknownst to the popular press, all eyes were on the Lovely Cows this week, no that’s not a typo. The Lovely Cows competition in Cavan is by far superior to The Rose of Tralee, judging, as it does, the loveliest of cows. How do you judge a lovely cow? NIB hears you ask, on “dairyness” and “femininity”. And there’s you thinking it was just about their pretty faces. Oh no. They’re talented bovines, reciting Irish poems and performing traditional dance, it’s a wonder it isn’t televised. Continue reading

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Taken 2

“I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don’t have any money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now, that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you.”

We first met man-of-his-word Bryan Mills (played by our own Liam Neeson) back in 2008 when kidnap drama Taken surpassed all expectation – Neeson himself said he thought the film would go “straight to video” – and became the unexpected hit of the year and now, four years later, the retired CIA officer is back and at his knife wielding, gun toting, bullet proof vest wearing best. Well what do you expect when a movie made for a mere $25 million goes on to rake in over $225 million? A sequel was inevitable folks. If the above quote set the tone for and told us all we needed to know about the first film it actually does the same again, well, sort of. Only this time the tables have turned and it’s the baddies who are throwing around the threats. Taken 2 is all about revenge you see. In the original Mills not only killed but tortured his daughter Kim’s (played by Lost alum, Maggie Grace) captors and now the fathers and brothers of the dead are back and demanding retribution.

This time around the action has shifted from Paris to Istanbul where having just completed a security job for one very rich Sheikh retired CIA officer Mills has invited his daughter and now not-so-estranged wife Lenore (Famke Janssen) to join him for a mini vacation he hopes will make for some good old fashioned family bonding. Whereas it was Kim who was “taken” in the original movie it is now Lenore and Bryan’s turn to be abducted. Certainly, the film opens quite promisingly showing Mills instructing his now miraculously more capable daughter (who can forget just how hapless the poor girl was in the original?) Kim on how to locate him and Lenore using only a map, a shoelace oh and a bunch of grenades – Funny he won’t allow her to indulge in any heavy petting but scaling rooftops and throwing grenades is a-ok with the overprotective father. Sadly from here on the movie takes a turn for the worse. Much much worse.

What we the audience loved about Taken was its ruthlessness. Here we got to follow around a man on a mission who tore around Europe destroying anyone and anything that dared get in his way. And, lets be honest here, the vicious nature of the film gave us a thrill, a thrill which has very unfortunately been “taken” (pun intended) from the sequel. In order to maximise Taken 2’s audience producers opted for a 12A rating in place of the uncut originals 18 which was undoubtedly a smart money making move especially when you consider just how many suckers will spring for the uncut DVD version you just know they’re going to release. As a result, however, moviegoers had to sit through a remarkably watered down and dull action movie jam packed with too fast action sequences and incredibly shaky camera work both of which it seems were partially intended to tone down the violence and make the film suitable for twelve year olds but which ultimately made for surprisingly confusing and humdrum fights and car chases. In fact it was so hard for audience members to work out just what was going on that instead of understanding that one of the very bland baddies had just been impaled on a steel rod many were left with the impression that he had died after suffering a single blow to the face. And no, I’m not exaggerating the editing actually was that confusing!

Ever the professional, a now 61 year old Liam Neeson clearly gave the role just as much as he did Oskar Schindler. As such he remains as convincing as ever as the soft spoken but tough as nails ass kicking father willing to do whatever it takes to protect his family, however, no matter how sorry I am to say it even his potential is wasted here. It’s just so disappointing to see a movie like Taken 2 that has so much promise sell out and ultimately sacrifice everything viewers ever loved about the original simply to make more money. Perhaps I’m being overly harsh here. I know you guys, like me, are curious and I guess if you’re taking a trip to the cinema with the sole intention of indulging in two hours worth of mindless escapism while you crunch popcorn and munch gummy bears Taken 2 really isn’t that bad but for the diehards amongst you I say save your pennies and opt to see this one on Bargain Wednesday.

Warning; The door has been left wide open for Taken 3. Yes, really! Irresponsible really considering Neeson may just have to opt for steroids and a thirty year old Maggie Grace will be forced to pump her face full of botox in order to continue playing his virginal daughter who is just dying to get her drivers license!

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