'Taken 3' - Movie review

Jan 09, 2015, 11:35 IST | Mihir Fadnavis

Taken 3
A; Action-thriller
Director: Olivier Megaton
Cast: Liam Neeson, Forest Whitaker, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace, Dougray Scott

Liam Neeson may have given you three reasons to watch him hit people in various ways, but whether or not you’re a fan of this series, you’ll have to consider these five reasons to avoid this muddled and painfully generic mess.

1) Taken 3 is an exact copy of Taken 1 and 2. Nobody in the movie makes an effort to differentiate this one from its predecessors. In fact this movie is actually less than the sum of the first two parts. Perhaps, an easier way to watch it is by watching the first Taken three times.

2) As it was pointed out multiple times, Liam Neeson has trained the Batman, Obi wan Kanobi and Darth Vader. So the fact that baddies still keep trying to mess with him and his family is supposed to be funny. Except that the joke has worn off thanks to Taken 3 and baddies trying to frame him over and over again and murder his family has now gone over to tiresome territory. There’s only so much repetition one can take as an audience member, even though the lead actor is the guy from Schindler’s List firing guns at Jews.

3) The worst offense of the film is that the action itself is a snooze. The one thing that we expect from a Taken movie is entertainment, and the film falls completely flat in this regard. There is a ton of machine gun fire, chase sequences, punching, dodging, pushing, hitting, kicking but not a single beat feels fresh or impactful. It’s like nothing is at stake, because you know for sure that the bad guy is going to get the rough end of the stick from Neeson.

4) The film yet again takes itself too seriously. There are about one hundred thousand instances of human stupidity and plot holes as big as Russia in the movie, yet Neeson prances around the film with dignity. He can barely conceal the contentment of scoring a really fat pay cheque for this one.

5) The film also makes the mistake of main villain duping the hero in a dramatic twist. That would have been fine had the attempt not been so utterly ham fisted. It takes precisely three seconds for the audiences to figure out who the bad guy is, yet the movie drags the mystery on for way too long. Unintentional hilarity is the only thing that Taken 3 has going for itself, and it’s really the only reason why you should consider giving it a shot.

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