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Saturday, 25 November 2017 08:18 pm

REVIEW: Taken 3 falls short of franchise success

“I DON’T know why, I don’t know how, but I’m gonna find out,” and with that Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) goes off the grid again to find the bad guys.

It seems as if the cycle of revenge premise for the first two Taken films could be prove endless. However the writers missed a key plot, central to the franchise, this time.

Although Taken 3 starts off much the same as it predecessors, things quickly take a different turn. The new twist? No one is ‘taken’. Instead Bryan Mills is framed for murder.

Much of the cast remains the same although they seem to have lost some of their verve and luster for their roles. Their apathetic performance to what is happening around them looks like they too are bored with the franchise.

Forest Whittaker, the newest addition to the cast, plays an extremely clever LAPD detective. He performance is believable enough, if you overlook the actual likelihood of the deductions he is able to make throughout the film, such as eating evidence to discover something is amiss.

As expected, action is a large component of the film but the plot is a little thin this time.

Lots of quick cuts and camera movements were used in rapid succession in an attempt to make the film look action packed. The result is a mess of body parts leading to confusion as to what just happened.

This confusion was usually quickly overcome as something inevitably blew up almost immediately. The budget for explosives was not curtailed while impressive stunts were somewhat lost. That said, the films only redeeming feature in the action department is a car vs plane sequence towards the end.

Fifteen minutes before the end, Mills’ daughter (Maggie Grace) is once again taken. In this film she shows some more vim and vigor, which was nice to see – but so close to the end, who cares?

All in all, I was left disappointed with this third installment to the brilliant Taken original, and a completely viable sequel. Even for the action lover that cares more about gun fights, hand-to-hand combat and car chases, I imagine this one will leave you feeling empty.

TAKEN 3
(M)
(109min)
Starring Liam Neeson, Forest Whitaker, Maggie Grace, Dougray Scott
Directed by Oliver Megaton

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