After his ex-wife is mysteriously murdered, Bryan Mills is back in action, but he's the one being hunted this time. The FBI are one step behind Mills as he looks for the real killer.
In the unnecessary sequel to the unnecessary sequel, we again catch up with Bryan Mills and all is well, that is until all hell breaks lose when yet another group of terrorists threaten the lives of Bryan's family, this time Bryan's ex-wife pulls the short straw and is bumped off in the first half of the film, setting into motion a cat and mouse chase that will almost definitely remind you of a certain Harrison Ford thriller from the 90's.
Taken was the movie that rejuvenated and redefined Liam Neeson's career, transforming him into this rugged action hero. The second Taken film just repeated the plot of the first film, so the filmmakers have decided to mix it up here and deliver a new story with Bryan on the run from the FBI.
Taken 3 is essentially a remake of the excellent 90's thriller "The Fugitive", a cat and mouse thriller with a man wrongly convicted and a detective who's just doing his job. The problem with Taken 3 is that it's just not as good as "The Fugitive".
When Richard Kimble.....I mean Bryan Mills arrives at his apartment to meet his ex-wife, he walks in on a truly surprising scene, his ex-wife again played by Famke Janssen lies still on the bed with a slashed throat and no pulse. He is quickly encountered by the police but puts his "special set of skills" to use and escapes through a sewer. What follows is a poorly edited, poorly shot action thriller that just feels all too familiar to be entertaining.
The tables have turned for our mysterious hero and he is now the one being hunted and he also faces a new task, solving a murder.....and I'll say it now, you'll immediately guess who's to blame.
When Bryan finally starts to chop some throat, we can't see who's hitting who. Olivier Megaton is clearly a director who is unable to shoot action, because he and the cameraman just seem to be having a whale of a time shaking the camera rapidly in an effort to create any actual excitement. There are two car chases in the film that feel completely out of place and also completely ridiculous. In Bryan's escape attempts he actually causes extreme damage to his surroundings and presumably puts innocent people's lives at stake when doing so, a metal crate hurtling down a freeway and a 5 story parking lot exploding into flames just to name a couple of instances. This lack of care for the people around him made Bryan a less compelling character, and removed all of my connection to the story.
Forest Whitaker is the detective in charge of the man hunt and he's good in the film as is Neeson, the two have a good back and forth with each other on several phone calls even if they dialogue they have to deliver isn't all that good.
Taken was a simple story of a man who'll do anything to protect his daughter, it was visceral and quite a frightening film, but its two unnecessary and inferior sequels are complete misfires. What was once a sophisticated and well told story has ventured into the realm of ridiculous. The posters claim that "It Ends Here".....lets hope they're right.