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Hampered by toothless PG-13 action sequences, incoherent direction, and a hackneyed plot, Taken 3 serves as a clear signal that it's well past time to retire this franchise.
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Forest Whitaker turns in one of his sleepiest performances; no one else seems to be trying very hard either, yet director Olivier Megaton delivers some good chases, fist fights, and shots of Neeson looking glum.
A movie that thinks the way to earn our knuckle-biting is to be as dull as hell for 35 minutes, then send a giant shipping container hurtling along the interstate. But you yawn through that, too.
There's something sluggishly formulaic about the rollout of smackdowns, chase scenes and general mayhem involving wrecked cars. And a plot point involving warm bagels is downright ludicrous.
Nothing gets taken here except your ticket money.
All you need to know about Taken 3 is that Liam Neeson survives an explosive car crash - twice.
The logy screenplay, by Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen, sags under head-clutchingly banal dramatic scenes. Only Mr. Neeson's appeal somehow survives unscathed, perhaps the most impressive stunt of all.
Let's face facts...we all were 'Taken' in by this pseudo punchy action yarn that no longer generates the destructive heat it once punctuated with carefree confidence.
Let's face facts...we all were Taken in by this pseudo punchy action yarn that no longer generates the destructive heat it once punctuated with carefree confidence.
No one gets taken. That's my beef. No one. Gets. Taken. I mean, come on.
[Taken 3] is as clichéd and flawed an action vehicle as I have seen in some time, and when it came to a close I was just glad to finally see it end.
Your jaw will frequently be on the floor gaping in disbelief if it isn't already aching from laughing.
Besson and Megaton have apparently decided that they could come up with any crap to justify another sequel, and so they don't mind insulting our intelligence with a stupid plot full of ridiculous contrivances and awful, chopped-up editing that doesn't let us see anything.
We can only pray that this is the final installment. It is surprising that Kim can even walk out the door without having a mental breakdown!
The only redeeming factor for a 'Taken' film at this point should be the action, but the frenzied editing does not even let you enjoy that.
View my full thoughts here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7Wvcx0IzD0
When a third film in a mediocre franchise comes out, you can only hope it is good, but expect it to be bad. Now when the "Hangover 3" came out, I mildly enjoyed that film, because they brought it full circle and wrapped it in a bow; "Taken 3" however, does not do that in any shape or form. Is the cast good? Sure, but Liam Neeson can make anything work and I did not buy it this time around. This film does exactly the opposite of what you would want it to. There are no full circle moments to tie it in with the first, and the conclusion is so predictable that I just did not care. Mimicking the best parts of the previous two instalments, "Taken 3" just cannot seem to get any of them right anymore. Poorly scripted, kinetically imbalanced, and a script that any fan of the series could have done a better job with, "Taken 3" starts off 2015 on a rousing low note. Low on action and devoid of surprises, this film is utter trash.
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