Year: 2015 Director: Olivier Megaton
You wouldn’t say the original Taken was great, but it had its moments, most of them in the first thirty minutes. Liam Neeson simultaneously essaying twitchy, nervous parent and special forces badass was cool, and his ‘particular set of skills’ speech can still tingle the spine.
However, the film went downhill from there. For all his talk, Neeson’s skills weren’t especially particular. If you were looking for spycraft you’d come to the wrong place. He was all brawn and no Bourne. Things continued in the same direction for Taken 2 (more of the same, only with shit action scenes) and they pretty much reach rock bottom in number three.
The one thing to recommend Taken 3 is that it doesn’t simply rehash a kidnapped-family-member plotline. No, one of them is dead this time, and murder-suspect Neeson is trying to escape capture (by dogged cop Forest Whitaker, the only good thing in this mess) while simultaneously investigating/avenging the death. As stories go, it’s not exactly original and it only nods at what was appealing about the original jittery-parent-badass » Continue Reading.