In Istanbul, retired CIA operative Bryan Mills and his wife are taken hostage by the father of a kidnapper Mills killed while rescuing his daughter.
The funerals of the Albanian mobsters killed by Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) in the prior film are held in Tropojë, Albania. Murad (Rade Šerbedžija), the terrorist leader of the gang and father of Marko, whom Bryan had killed by electrocution, vows to capture Bryan, bring him to the graves, and avenge their loved ones. Murad’s men track down the corrupt French Intelligence officer,Jean-Claude Pitrel (Olivier Rabourdin), also Bryan’s friend, and torture him to try to learn Bryan’s location, breaking Jean-Claude’s testicles during torture. Afterwards, they end up bribing an official for the information.
Kim (Maggie Grace) and her mother Lenore (Famke Janssen), who is currently having marital problems, surprise Bryan by joining him in Istanbul, Turkey, where he has just finished a three-day security job and has been payed a large amount for it. The next day, Lenore and Bryan go out for lunch while Kim hangs out by the pool. Returning back, Lenore and Bryan discuss their former marriage, and Lenore is happy that Bryan changed and became friendly, and Bryan offers his help to Lenore if she needs it.. However, as they pass the bridge, Bryan notices that they are being followed. He explains it to Lenore and gives her specific information on where to go, following a route, and then tells her to leave the car.