Liam Neeson returns as ex-covert operative Bryan Mills, whose long awaited reconciliation with his ex-wife is tragically cut short when she is brutally murdered. Consumed with rage, and framed for the crime, he goes on the run to evade the relentless pursuit of the CIA, FBI and the police. For one last time, Mills must use his “particular set of skills,” to track down the real killers, exact his unique brand of justice, and protect the only thing that matters to him now – his daughter.
– Written by 20th Century Fox (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2446042/)
Ok so here’s what’s up, 2008’s “Taken” was awesome! I loved it, everyone I talked to loved it, people that reviewed it loved it… you get the picture.
“Taken 2”…MEH! “Taken 2” lacked a lot, climax was rushed; fight scenes weren’t as good and above all me and my mates said exactly was going to happen at the end.
So the question is… Is Taken 3 a repeat of the 2nd or the first? Unfortunately it’s the 2nd one all over again.
So firstly let me say that no one actually gets “Taken” in the film which was a condition that Liam Neeson laid down before agreeing to return for this third and hopefully final instalment.
Action wise, there are plenty of gunshots but no sight of blood. The hand-to-hand combat looked more like a playground braw. Even the torture scene is very tame in comparison with a similar and brutally memorable one in the first movie.
Like the second film I saw the ending coming a mile off. Honestly I think “Taken” should have been left at the first, but instead another 2 was made, trying to milk the success of the first maybe? “Taken 3” plays almost like a parody of the original movie.
Really there’s not much to say about this film, it’s a typical revenge action film with nothing really original about it. Almost everything builds up to a crap climax, there’s a bit of a cat and mouse act going on with Forest Whitaker (LAPD Detective Franck Dotzler) and Liam Neeson but again nothing really exciting comes from it.
Disappointed about this film because by the trailer I thought at least the action will be good seen as they killed his ex-wife, oh how wrong was I.
This was my opinion but I have talked to very few people who actually liked the film, so my advice would be check it out and make your own mind up.
By Fiaz Ali