So I really enjoyed Taken, quite liked Taken 2, but Taken 3 was…shall we say…a bit of a pooper! We were promised that “it ends here”, but I have a sneaky suspicion a fourth instalment will be next, centred around Bryan Mills’ (played by Liam Neeson) first grandchild.
Poor old Liam is getting on a bit now – his joints aren’t as agile as they used to be and his athletic on-screen sprints are now more of a creaky, Gollum-like run. From the very start, this film does little to grab your attention and when Mills disappears down to the safety of the “rabbit hole” to grab an array of weapons and change into a rather fetching leather jacket, I knew that it was not going to live up to the hype.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m a BIG Liam Neeson fan and the Taken films are known for their predictable plot lines and “tough talk”, but this film just didn’t work…and don’t get me started on Forest Whitaker and his cat and mouse chase with Neeson. You’ll be sick of seeing elastic bands and a loose chess piece which Whitaker carries around with him right up until the end of the film!
Forgettable and lacking in stamina, Taken 3 fails to make an impact with its poor storyline and lazy script. Can I have my money back please? ** (2 out of 5 stars)
The villains were OK, the chase scenes were OK, but the ending was far from OK…what was writer Luc Besson thinking? Besson, who was the brains behind fantastic films such as Leon, could not have been happy with such a sickly sweet, cheesy ending surely?
Oh well, at least there’s a couple more kills to add to the amazing Liam Neeson Kill Map – check it out if you haven’t done so already!