Taken 3

by | Feb 6, 2015 | 0 comments

An Unnecessary Film Which Disrespects the Original

Could it be avoided? Taken was a very good action film. It had its flaws, but it surprised the audience and introduced Liam Neeson as an action star. When seeing the great success of the film at the box office, 20th Century Fox decided to stretch out the story and gave a green light to a more mediocre Taken 2. At this point the churn of films was beginning to feel forced. Taken 3 sounded so stretched before the trailer was even showcased. The quality in this last film deteriorated completely and the actual magic from the first Taken film was completely absent.

Taken 3 becomes too obsessed with trying to seem unexpected that it ends up being extremely predictable. The film begins with ex-CIA agent Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) living happily, golfing with his ex-CIA friends, visiting his daughter Kim (Maggie Grace) who began as a high schooler in Taken and is now studying at UCLA, and we have the annoying ex-wife, Leonor (Famke Janssen), who is having marriage problems with her second husband and is falling for Bryan again. However, the state of affairs is shaken up with a main character’s murder, which is framed on Bryan. Bryan thus must employ his “particular set of skills” in order to protect his family, evade the police headed by a detective Franck Dotzler (Forrest Whitaker), and track down the people who framed him.

The biggest problem of the film is the script. The dialogue seems to be that of a first draft, where lots of ideas were jotted down chronologically, but which some still sound off and don’t fit the character at all. This was surprising, due that one of the screenwriters was Luc Blesson the writer/director, which is far from his great films such as The Fifth Element and Leon: The Professional and is now doing blockbustery films such as Lucy and now Taken 3. His ideas in the Taken 3 script were good, but again they felt as if it had been done in one sitting with no proofreading whatsoever. The story itself takes a disappointing step to a more police-chase genre than the spy father going after his daughter awesomeness. In fact, no one is actually taken in this end to the trilogy, and this made it seem as if it we weren’t watching the characters of the first two films, but a blunt and uninteresting police story.

The film’s actual expectation of being different from other action films dissipates, and the awesome lines you expect out of Neeson from the first two films never comes out. In fact the film is so focused on ‘surprising’ you that it leaves huge plot holes in its midst and it becomes a non-credible film. You don’t buy Mills’ quick improvisation and Dotzler’s incredibly fast tracking.

The explosions and choreography end up being the most enjoyable aspects. Liam Neeson keeps the same face as he did with Non-Stop, Among the Tombstones, and any of his other action flicks. The only actress that surprised me again was Maggie Grace. Grace is a good actress and she showed this by keeping a straight face during this Taken trilogy and with her role as Shannon in the TV Show Lost. But unfortunately she’s buried her career in forgettable projects, which saddens me, as worse actresses get better but undeserved roles.

  • OVERALL MOVIE RATING 34% 34%

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