All I ask of a movie is that it captures my attention. The subject matter does not matter, except in the matter of novelty. I happened to watch Taken 2, with Liam Neeson last night. SPOILER ALERT FOR TAKEN 2 He was in Istanbul with his wife and daughter, when he and his wife were kidnapped by bad people. He managed to get a small, hidden phone into his hands and called his daughter, back at the hotel. He successfully guided his daughter to safety from some bad guys hoping to nab her. Knowing that she was safe, he instructed her to open his special suitcase of weapons, etc. He told her to get two hand grenades and a map. He had her draw a circle on the map, the outer lines estimating where he could be held (he counted time while hooded in the kidnapper's vehicle). He told her to count to three, then pitch the grenade. He heard it, and calculated where he might be, so had her draw another circle. He had her head out in a certain direction, the toss another grenade. He used the timing of the blast to further determine where he was in relation to her. He also managed to break free of his restraints, and went to a furnace and busted a valve or something. He told his daughter to look for steam shooting up. Ta-da! This film, whatever it's other merits, gets the Larry Award for finally doing something in a movie that is cool, shows intelligence, illustrates how well trained he is, and has not ever been done in any movie before, in the entire history of movies. Well done! Now, was that so hard, film-makers of the world? Once the writer came up with the basic idea of counting how far away a sound is, then it's just a matter of doing a little arithmetic. This should serve as an inspiration to film-makers who are interested in making the kind of movies that I want to watch. From the age of childhood, my friends and I would re-tell and re-enact cools scenes from cool movies, which we came to really value and appreciate. Preceding this movie, I had watched part of a two-part movie (made for TV?), that copied almost scene for scene the opening of the first Bourne movie starring Matt Damon. The plot was quite a bit different, but the cool parts, of him having amnesia, but can take down a guy lightning fast with no knowledge of how he knew how to do that, etc, etc. On the one hand, we had a kidnapping scene play out in a highly original way; on the other hand, we had a writer not even try to do something original. When I play blues solos, it has always been critical that I never repeat myself, that I always try something new. Of course, there are a lot of reflexive cliches that are hard for me to shake; and, in fact, I should shake all of those moves, otherwise, I'm not playing blues and expanding on the tradition. How do others feel about originality, non-originality, predictability, being true to tradition, etc.? Bonus question. Surely, the whole toss the grenade and count plot technique must have been done in other ways before in other films. Can anyone point me to something else like that? It was awfully cool.