Liam Neeson’s character as Brian Mills, a former CIA operative is back for the third installment of famous action thriller movie Taken. I’m a huge fan of Taken franchise but this one really disappoints me. The movie posters says “it end here”, it’s a great relief to know that it’s the final installment. Its predecessor movie Taken 1 and 2 were unquestionably great films. The finished product of those 2 films were breathtaking and that didn’t happen in Taken 3. Franchise film performs well primarily because the audience happens to be concern in every character and follow the prolong adventures. Honestly, Taken 3 under no circumstances can line up to the success of first and second installment. The action is so weak plus it is a bad movie that will add together in Taken series.
As usual Liam Neeson returns in his old intimidating self. They offered a little high–caliber action thrills from Liam’s particular set of skills and it’s pretty boring. He is still supported by returning regular cast of this movie and newcomers including g Forest Whitaker as LAPD Inspector Franck Dotzler. Don’t be deceived by the movie title because no characters were taken in this movie. Before watching this almost 2 hour’s action film in the cinema, I anticipated it would be an exhilarating roller coaster ride but it wasn’t.
Taken films are not ever been about the love affair between Bryan and Lenore and Taken 3 invests to describe their ongoing romantically problems. Bryan finds himself framed-up for killing his ex-wife Lenore but earlier in the movie it is established that Lenore is falling out of love with her current husband Stuart (Dougray Scott) and wishes to leave him. You’ll get the feeling that Stuart is somehow involved for her murder and planning something viciously. These days, the bad people are much closer to their home. Bryan is being chased by the police and LAPD Inspector Franck Dotzler leads the manhunt to capture him. He is still going through the motions, going from one place to another. Also, there’s too much family drama.
He spends most of his time in the movie in prevaricate mode. He goes on himself to clear his name and find the person who is in control for the murder of Lenore. He is trying to track down the new killers and protecting his only daughter Kim which is now a college student and unexpectedly pregnant. Maggie Grace as Kim returns to represent a typical daughter in distress.
When it comes to the visual aspect of the film, it presents more of the same that we already saw in Taken 2. The aerial shots, specifically. The film similarly ends with exactly the same Malibu pier shot in the previous film. In contrast to the two preceding Taken movies, this one is more of a mellow-action and mature themed. Go and see it for yourself Lilypads, especially all the Taken series fans! I know I’m not the only one that became upset while watching this film. It is just that Taken 1 and 2 set the standards so high in this series and Taken 3 doesn’t appear to fit well between the 2 of them.
Contributor: Irmina Garcia
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