Monday, October 8, 2012

Tractor Tire Award of the Week - Taken 2

Have you ever watched a trailer and had that one scene, that one shot that made you go "Wow, that was cool!"? Or maybe there was something you saw that stuck with you, something that for some reason was in the back of your head and despite how insignificant it was you were waiting for it to show up in the final cut of the film. But when you watched the movie that scene was nowhere to be found or has been altered in a significant way. Well, that is what the Tractor Tire Award of the Week is all about. We try to track down those scenes that didn't make it into the final version of the film and make sense of them. Where in the film was it supposed to be? Why might it have been cut? Why has it been changed? We may not always have the answers for you but at least you will have your piece of mind and know that you aren't crazy. So, this weeks award goes to Taken 2!
Cut Scene #1-A

The creepy mom scene has been removed.

 Cut Scene #1-B
So has the creepy daughter scene.

It's been a while since I have been given the opportunity to do one of these. The majority of trailers out there have been fairly solid when it comes to including deleted scenes (except for the monumental exclusions from The Amazing Spider-man this past summer). But here we are, Taken 2 is out and has given us some new stuff to ponder over. This particular scene is both completely inconsequential and strangely creepy. You have both the mother and daughter checking out their room just after arriving in Instanbul, but where the scene ends in the final cut is where the mother lays down in bed (also seen in the trailer).

The scene continues though with one of the creepiest line deliveries of the year by Famke Janseen where just after the daughter remarks, "Isn't dad the best?", she replies with, "Yes he is". What makes that creepy is that dam evil smile she has and the sort of delictable way she responds that that question to her daughter, it almost sounds sexual in nature. This scene always stuck out to me in the trailer simply because of the creepy undertone to her voice and delivery, but this is by no means a detrimental cut. Seeing how long it takes to get going as it is, the more cuts the better.

Taken 2 trailer:
Cut scene at :29 


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