Bryan Mills is back, and he hasn’t changed. He’s a strong jawed, obsessive-compulsive ex-CIA samurai who insists on dry wiping his own car at the car wash, who arrives on the button at appointments, and who, if you threaten his family, will find you and separate you from existence with extreme prejudice. That’s a given. Here is what else is given:

Bad guys never forget or forgive, and that goes double for Albanians. I’ve never actually met an Albanian, but apparently they don’t come to America to go to school, open restaurants or do lawn work.

As you remember, when Bryan went to rescue his daughter (Maggie Grace, “Smallville,” “Taken” Shannon Rutherford on “Lost”) from white slavery Albanians back in “Taken,” he killed a lot of home boys.

Now, some years later, the patriarch (the ultimate bad Albanian Rade Sherbedlgia) has been seething his days away in his remote village. This is not your average poor chickens-in-the-street village, these villagers have the latest iPhone 5 with Siris, and Siris knows exactly where Liam is. They have state-of-the-art weapons and never leave home without American Express cards.

So Murad the Evil One, asks Siris where his arch enemy is, and sends his men to Istanbul to kill him. Why is Liam in Istanbul? He’s on the freelance job protecting an Arab sheik. This time, he has brought his ex-wife (the smoky Famke Janssen, she of the hotel bedroom eyes) and daughter Lenore along for a quick vacation.

The rest is all listed under predictable on the Google page. The ill-shaven Albanians, who are on leave from chasing Jason Bourne in Paris or Berlin, kidnap Liam and Famke and take them to a hideout, where they torture them while they’re waiting for the auxiliary Albanians to find the daughter at the hotel.

But with the help of a tiny iPhone hidden in his boot, Liam warns Kim and then sets in motion a scheme to help find mom and dad and rescue them. This time, daughter has daddy’s weapon suitcase and of course, she has inherited his particular set of skills, and she will find them and she will rescue them.

It’s all a little corny, but for director Olivier Megaton (“Colombiana” and Luc Besson “The Professional”) fans, it’s a thrill-a-minute ride through the streets of what appears to be Istanbul, full of folks who have learned by watching Bourne movies, to get the hell out of the way when American girls driving cars come tearing through the streets.

It comes down to this. You like the “dark services,” Jason Bourne and car chases, hand-to-hand samurai combat, gunfire and hair-curling action, plus Liam Neeson. Then this is your bag of popcorn. There are attempts at action films of this kind that truly suck (“Salt,” for example) and then there are expertly and skillfully put together films like this. A hint: It’s all about the editing and here, that would be Camille Delamarre and Vincent Taballon.

No, it’s not the “Third Man,” or ” Vertigo.” They’re on Turner Classics now. Those days are gone, get over it. This is a movie in the time-honored tradition of white-hat, black-hat action with hissable villains and cheerable heroes. It is what it is until it isn’t anymore. Go hiss.

J.P. Devine is a former stage and screen actor.

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