Bryan Mills (Liam Nesson) is friends with his
(Famke Janssen) who is having problems with her husband Stewart while Bryan’s
daughter Kim (Maggie Grace) finds out she is pregnant. Soon Lennie is
found murdered in Bryan’s
apartment and he is framed for her murder.
Bryan goes on the run as he
looks to clear his name and find out who killed his ex-wife while a thick
headed Los Angeles detective
(Forrest Whitaker) tries to bring Bryan
in. The detective knows how smart Bryan
is and soon Bryan finds out it has
something to do with Russian criminals.
He must to work his certain set
of skills with help from his old buddies as he searches for the ones
responsible for Lenore’s death while on the run from the LAPD (who mostly have
a stick up their butt while wanting to bring him and underestimating him like
TAKEN 3 is an improvement over TAKEN 2. It is almost as good as the first TAKEN.
It brings the saga to a close while
delivering some good action sequences.
The big complaint I have is that some of the shots in the climax are too
tight where they could be farther out to better track the action overall and
keep track of what is happening. The
best shot action sequence in the director’s career is from an early film, RED
SIREN, and I think the director of photography could have taken some cues from
the great hotel shoot out in RED SIREN when they shot and framed some of the
action in the climatic scenes. If you were disappointed by TAKEN 2, this latest
TAKEN does redeem itself even though it still isn’t as fun as the first
film. The box office may make way for
TAKEN 4 (which Liam Nesson is open to).
Go see it if you’re in need of seeing Liam Nesson kick ass and play
detective for the truth, but I hope you don’t expect the cops to be smart
(which most of them in TAKEN 3 aren’t as they are too busy wanting to arrest
Bryan Mills). Rewatching TAKEN 3 has
shown how badly written the story is where the bad guy have a scheme that only
a cartoon character would think of. The
first TAKEN has the best script while TAKEN 2 failed in its execution with
bland bad guys. TAKEN 3 fails in
execution where the action sequences and Liam Nesson (and his old security
crew) are the only saving graces of the movie.
The unrated extended cut is six minutes longer
PG-13 theatrical version, but I really didn’t notice the difference on what
material was put back into the movie.
The deleted scene is a seven minute flashback
scene for a
Russian gangster named Malanknov which would have spoiled many things for the
SAM’S BUNKER A.K.A. THE
RABBIT HOLE is a walkthrough description of ten gadgets that Bryan Mills uses
in the movie
TAKEN TO L.A. is the first of two five minute
featurettes which offers quick interviews, some behind-the-scenes footage,
clips from TAKEN 3, and some info on the making of the sequel (which was shot
in Los Angeles, Atlanta,
Spain, and Paris).
A TAKEN LEGACY is the second five minute promotional
which has more interviews and clips about the TAKEN series.
Promotional photo gallery
Previews for THE MARINE 4, HOMELAND Season 4,
BUSINESS, SONS OF ANARCHY Season 7, and THE
Also a code to download and/pr stream a Digital
Ultraviolet copy of the movie is included.
FINAL ANALYSIS: The action sequences are great
and so is
Liam Nesson, but the script is a total mess for TAKEN 3. If you want a solid
movie in the series,
stick with the first TAKEN.
This review is ©4-23-2015
David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission. Send all comments
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