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Action -Shoot-em Ups, Taken

Taken 3 (2014)

Duration1h 38m
RatingsUK: 12A, USA: PG13, Denmark: 15,
Source of storyA screenplay using characters from the previous Taken films in a slightly different situation.
DirectorOliver Megaton
Writers/ScriptLuc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen
StarringLiam Neeson, Forest Whitaker, Famke Janssen, Magge Grace, Dougray Scott, Sam Spruell,
RatingsIMDb: 6.0/10 by 196,325 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 12% by 115 reviewers. Review2view: 6/10

Summary: Bryan Mills remains in close contact with his daughter Kim, who we know is pregnant. He also seems to have a developing relationship with his ex-wife, that is until her current husband, Stuart, visits Brian and tells him to keep away. However, Brian gets a message that she wants to meet at his house and to get bagels. It is a trick, and on his return he finds his ex-wife dead in his bedroom, and is immediately approached by two policemen. From that point on he is on the run, and with the help of his ex-CIA friends begins to put together the plot, which involves Lenore’s husband and a Russian gangster. But even though Bryan is getting nearer to solving the puzzle he is still being pursued by the police headed by a detective, Inspector Frank Dotzier. Bryan forces Stuart to help him to attack the Russians, but will that solve his problem?

Content: No sex or nudity, unless you count the Russian gang boss in his underpants. There are multiple scenes when Bryan takes on the police, usually winning, but on at least one occasion, being handcuffed, so forced to escape. One or two car chases which go on a bit. Bryan accesses various systems particularly from the secret base operated by him and is ex-CIA buddies. The police are featured chasing him, and discussing the means of capturing him. So, a lot of hand to hand combat.

A View: This outing was not much liked by the critics but still made some money, even though Liam Neeson’s fee for appearing was $20 million – of the $48 million budget. Despite the fact that I am a bit of a Luc Besson fan, this outing seemed to recycle bits of the previous films as well as a bit of Bourne 3 and No Country for Old Men. But I suppose there is only so much you can do with a guy with super combat powers. So even if you liked the other Taken films this might not be a watch for money. Have it on for nothing while doing your knitting.

Liam Neeson has, in later life, become an action super hero and has a number of films to his credit featuring this persona. Those reviewed on this site include Non-Stop, Taken and Cold Pursuit.

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