When the dismal ‘Taken 2’ became France’s biggest ever global hit, a third instalment was inevitable. The only question was: would writer-producer Luc Besson and director Olivier Megaton be happy just to coast along, offering audiences another brainless cavalcade of shakycam action and growling macho nonsense?
We catch up with ex-CIA operative Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) in yet another emotional tangle. Daughter Kim (Maggie Grace) is unexpectedly pregnant, while ex-wife Lenore (Famke Janssen) is falling out of love with her second husband (Dougray Scott) and slipping back into Bryan’s rugged orbit. Then a body is discovered, Bryan is framed, and the chase is on.
‘Taken 3’ scores over its predecessor on almost every level: the stakes are higher, the LA locations are nicely photographed and, best of all, there’s an actual plot, with twists and everything. The characters feel more rounded too. Neeson is still going through the motions, but he’s backed up by a solid crew of returning regulars and newcomers including Forest Whitaker as a likeably crumpled cop.
Megaton‘s epileptic, herky-jerky action sequences are still frustratingly hard to follow, and there’s never a pretence that this is anything more than easy product for an undemanding audience. But in this series, average is an improvement.
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Capable action thriller. Ending a cinematic week in which I was bored rigid by much of Birdman and Foxcatcher, it was a pleasure to exit a movie house feeling I had actually been entertained.
"The LA Locations were nicely photographed."
It was actually filmed mostly in Atlanta and Paris. We did 10 days in LA for exteriors and the freeway stunt. I give it 5 stars because the LA locations looked awesome. And Megaton is a great guy.
The plot was moving, but the action looked fake. Did not find any mouth shape issue with Bryan. Good movie overall; really liked the beginning.
I dropped my wallet during this and whilst scrabbling around on the floor looking for it I was heard to mutter, "I will find you, and I will kill you!" This impromptu homage to the original film was the highlight of my evening. Far better than actually having to watch this.
After the lashing of Raif Badawi today my vote is that Taken 4 goes to Kickstarter to raise money for it to be filmed in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Meanwhile back in Taken3land, this is just more of the Taken xenophobic formula being rehashed as routine stuff. It's delightfully politically incorrect and we do need Liam to go find the Wahhabis.
You must have seen a different film, Tom, this was irredeemable rubbish of the lowest quality. I enjoyed the first film a lot and didn't care for the second film, but this makes Taken 2 look like a 5-star classic. Do not waste your money on this film, it's a disgrace.
Tom Huddleston you sure didn't see the first Taken. You have no idea what you just wrote. In no way you can compare this mess of a third part to the first Taken, nor the ill-fated second part. Admit it. You have no idea.