Taken 3: Movie Review

"Taken 3" feels eerily familiar with the sequel a couple of years ago - warts and all. It is really hard to decide which is worse but the definite reality is that the "Taken" franchise has definitely lost its luster to the point that even Liam Neeson's charisma had a hard time saving a film that lacks clear direction and carries a stale plot.

Bryan Mills’ (Liam Neeson) long-awaited reconciliation with his ex-wife Lenore (Famke Janssen) is tragically cut short when she is unexpectedly murdered inside his bedroom. Someone wants to frame Mills for the murder. Overtaken with anger, Mills goes on the run from the authorities to prove his innocence and trace the mastermind behind his ex-wife’s murder. With the police all in hot pursuit, he channels his rage to protect the one remaining important thing left in his life - his daughter, Kim (Maggie Grace).

There's very little to love with "Taken 3". The most obvious would be Liam Neeson. He's action hero aura still impeccable even in his third outing as Bryan Mills. It is also easy to commend the supporting cast. Notably Forest Whitaker had a very solid performance. Sadly, the film botches its effort on other key areas. The plot was stale, forced and simply running in circles. The action sequences were so-so. Most of them ineffective as the director, Olivier Megaton, opted to use hyper-cuts and extreme angles to showcase fights and car chases. Worse, this is how he actually shot and presented the whole film. Even talking scenes are composed of numerous cuts that just take you literally out of the moment. Overall, "Taken 3" is a disappointment and is a huge telling sign that this franchise is really ending for good.

Rating: 2 and half reels

Why you should watch it:
- Liam Neeson is still perfect as Bryan Mills
- solid work from the supporting cast

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- the story was stale
- action sequences were just ineffective
- bad direction literally destroys "Taken 3"

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