Taken 3 – Review

If you felt Taken 2 was “Lather, Rinse & Repeat” then Taken 3 is “Someone Forgot To Turn On The Washing Machine”. What should’ve been a one-off, Taken becomes a Straight-to-TV trilogy.

It ends here? I sure hope so.
It ends here?
I sure hope so.

Synopsis
When an ex-covert operative (Liam Neeson) is framed for the murder of his wife (Famke Janssen), he not only has to find who murdered her but do so while evading the pursuit of the CIA, FBI and the Police (Forest Whitaker). With only revenge and his daughter (Maggie Grace) on his mind, can he make his wife’s killers pay and clear his name?

Stereotypical Good Guy Ex-Super Spy meet Stereotypical Good Guy Detective
Stereotypical Good Guy Ex-Super Spy meet Stereotypical Good Guy Detective

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Well, I’ll try to start with the “good” since there’s barely any “good” in this movie to be honest. The acting was as good as it possibly could be given the stereo-typically written characters.

There, that’s “good” done. Really, that’s it. Now on to the bad.

Taken 3’s scenes felt rather choppy, as if they had a deadline and editing had to be completed in the final 30 minutes. I’m not gonna get into any details as those would be spoilers but there is gonna be a tight situation for the protagonist and he’d get out of it with zero explanation as if they forgot to film a scene or something. Besides that, there’s the cheesy cliche of flipping stuff across your fingers if you’re in deep thought like the baddie in Casino Royale and his love for poker chips. The movie is written by Luc Besson, who makes pretty entertaining French movies but is pretty rubbish when it comes to English movies except for Leon the Professional, that was a good movie.

Olivier Megaton (Taken 3's director) saying to his audience, "I don't know who you are. I don't know what you want. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career. If you watch Taken 3, I will not only take your money but I will waste an hour and a half of your life as well."
Olivier Megaton (Taken 3’s director) saying to his audience,
“I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career. If you watch Taken 3, I will not only take your money but I will waste an hour and a half of your life as well.”

Rating (3/10)

Should’ve been a “straight-to-Cinemax” type of movie. The cast’s acting ability is limited by cliche filled characters. Bad directing, generic plot. You’d probably forget about Taken 3 a week after watching it.

Unfortunately, not boss enough to save this movie.
Unfortunately, not boss enough to save this movie.

– Dev

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