TL;DR – What a waste of a movie and a promising franchise
Score 1 out of 5 stars
Oh Taken 3 how far have we fallen that we reached here? Before I get into my review of Taken 3 it is important to look at where we have come from. Taken 1 is great, fantastically great, the casting of Liam Neeson was a master stroke, the setting was visceral and it had a real emotional push behind it. It was so good it made you forget just what a stupid set up the premise was if you know anything about human trafficking.
So Taken 1 was a real surprise hit and it worked really well, so I was really excited to hear that they were making a Taken 2, especially when I heard the basic premise – ‘You know all those nameless goons in the first movie, well they all had families, loved ones etc. who might be pissed that they are dead’, a good set up for a film. Alas Taken 2 really was just a bit of meh strung together with the odd slightly interesting plot piece.
So this brings us to Taken 3 and did they learn from their mistakes, well to sum it up, no, no they did not. The best I can say about Taken 3 is that it is a bit boring, the plot is convoluted, everyone feels like they are just going through the motions, the action is lackluster and the Los Angeles setting just feels barren compared to the last two (at least Taken 2 has the amazing Istanbul as a backdrop to its banality). At points, this movie feels like it was just a generic action flick that someone just swapped out the generic characters with people from the Taken franchise and with a plot that just makes no sense. In the end, I could not recommend Taken 3 instead get the original Taken out on DVD/Digital DL as it is a much better use of your time
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Directed by – Olivier Megaton
Witten by – Luc Besson & Robert Mark Kamen
Starring – Liam Neeson, Forest Whitaker, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace, Dougray Scott, Sam Spruell & Leland Orser