Sunday, 11 January 2015

Review : Taken 3

Taken 3 : Bryan Mills and his rather unlucky family are back for the ending to end all endings to the Taken story. This time Bryan is framed for a crime that he did not commit and he is being hunted down rather than him doing the hunting.

Ex-government operative Bryan Mills is accused of a ruthless murder he never committed or witnessed. As he is tracked and pursued by the authorities, Mills brings out his particular set of skills and uses them in a different way to find the true killer and clear his name.

The story is nothing spectacular however, what I like about Taken 3 is that no one got taken 'kidnapped' someone did get Taken but in a different way of being departed 'killed'.  Liam Neeson back again to do another cut throat action film which launches adrenaline and thrill into the audiences and there are bits in this third film which are quite fantastic.

Also this film has a great guest cast: Forrest Whitaker and Doughy Scott are prime examples who perform compelling roles and compliment Neeson really well. 

It's by this point that things can start getting a bit tedious, and the possibility of there being a Taken 4? Is really a thought that isn't worth thinking about. I think it finished off nicely and doesn't need to continue. I think Bryan Mills should be left alone now and have his dramatic problems brought to an end. I mean he's going to be granddad for goodness sake... oops, spoilers. Sorry about that.

I won't argue on the fact of the majority that Taken 1 is the best. And of course it was on the popularity of the first film that the other 2 that followed it exist. Taken 2 was all about the consequences of the first film coming into foliation and the Third one is something quite different and sinister. 

I would say on that basis, I prefer the third film to the second, but not the first. I honestly think that the third film has a better story to the second and there's a lot more to loose which adds to the suspense of the over all plot and it has much more to grip to an audience. The second film was a bit lacklustre in delivering that in a compelling way, it was just Bryan Mills deals with the consequence of a problem he himself created. The third was something more refreshing to me, however all the more predictable. 

In hindsight you do get all the suspenseful action, a lot of violence which is off the wall and fight scenes and all of that and you worry about is Bryan Mills going to get out of this one? which of course he does, but there was a moment of uncertainty that I had for this character, he might not make it out of this one. Which was unnerving and something I didn't think about when watching the second film. So that was new.

Overall, Taken 3 is worth going to see if you've seen the other two. Can you go and see Taken 3 having not seen the other 2. Yes you can, but why would you?  7/10.

NEXT : Into the Woods.

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