Entertainment Hive 2017

Taken 3

Reviewed by Honey B

Director: Olivier Megaton Cast: Liam Neeson, Forest Whitaker, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen Plot: Liam Neeson returns as ex-covert operative Bryan Mills, whose reconciliation with his ex-wife is tragically cut short when she is brutally murdered. Consumed with rage, and framed for the crime, he goes on the run to evade the relentless pursuit of the CIA, FBI and the police. For one last time, Mills must use his "particular set of skills", to track down the real killers, exact his unique brand of justice, and protect the only thing that matters to him now - his daughter. Verdict: Either the Taken franchise of movies is getting better or this reviewer is getting used to the over-the-top big screen action and Neeson's laidback style of taking multiple bad guys down. It's lucky that Bryan Mills (Neeson) has a "particular set of skills'' as the ex-CIA agent first had to use them when his daughter, Kim (Maggie Grace), was kidnapped by Albanian sex-slave traders in France. The 2012 instalment saw Mills, his ex-wife Lenore (Famke Janssen) and Kim take an overseas holiday only to be hunted down and taken hostage by the dead gang members family. Talk about revenge! Taken 3 is supposed to be the final instalment in this highly popular franchise - it's yet to be seen if it will be with the box office cash registers ringing up a storm. Audiences don't seem to mind that these movies have glaring plot holes - yes this latest instalment certainly does - that Neeson's character is blandly predictable and he has a weary way about him or that the frenetic action often feels like loud noise. Luc Beeson and Robert Mark Kamen have concocted a plot that is much like Harrison Ford's The Fugitive. Still, these movies are a guilty pleasure and Neeson's Bryan Mills and his "particular set of skills" are now ingrained in pop culture. Janssen as Mills' wife is as annoying as ever and it's great to see her killed off, Grace as his daughter seems to have grown up and lost a bit of her naivety. Still she doesn't seem that clued into life. This movie is another big popcorn hit of testosterone and don't worry too much about the storyline - just go along for the ride. (Films are rated out of five stars)
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