Taken 3 (2015)

logoDirector: Olivier Megaton

Writer: Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen (Screenplay) Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen (Characters)

Starring: Liam Neeson, Forest Whitaker, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace, Don Harvey, Dylan Bruno, David Warshofsky, Jon Gries, Sam Spruell, Dougary Scott


Plot: Ex-government operative Bryan Mills is accused of a ruthless murder he never committed or witnessed. As he is tracked and pursued, Mills brings out his particular set of skills to find the true killer and clear his name.


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Someone Took Too Much


Story: Taken 3 starts when Malankov is trying to collect money leaving a message for somebody when he finds nothing in a safe. We finally get to meet Bryan Mills (Neeson) who is still looking after his daughter Kim (Grace) who started to continue her life after the ordeals of the first two ‘Takens’. Bryan is still trying to rebuild his relationship with his wife Lenore (Janssen) whose second marriage isn’t running as smoothly as it once did. Bryan is asked to stay away from Lenore by her new husband and he accepts but after receiving a message from her he goes around only to find her dead and police waiting for him.

Bryan escapes and goes on the run looking for the person or people responsible as well as warning Kim that he will look like the guilty party. Franck (Whitaker) is the lead investigator on the murder case and shows why by picking up on a couple of clues that the other officers missed. Bryan has to use all his certain skills to prove that he is innocent and find out who is responsible while eluding the police who have set out a man hunt for him.

Taken 3 rounds of the trilogy well, it brings the fight back home (well America, not my home) and also ditches all the ties from the previous Taken’s. it does flow the same as the previous ones but decides to tone down the body count as a lot of the people Bryan is running from are actually cops.  The fact it went for the personal side once more showed it need to go that bit further which it did. The fact the twists keep coming kind of ruins it because the final twist doesn’t really make that much sense. The cops are rather stupid because even the lead Franck believes him to be innocent but won’t just say ‘hey I know you’re telling the truth lets work this out together’. In general it is a solid finish to the trilogy but just no more please. (6/10)


Actor Review


Liam Neeson: Bryan Mills our man with a particular set off skills that he likes to use who becomes suspect number one after his ex-wife is murdered. Bryan must go on a one man mission to prove his innocence and find out who is responsible. Liam does give a good performance but his age is starting to show through the film. (7/10)


Forest Whitaker: Franck Dotzler the detective who is after Mills but throughout the investigation he starts to think he could be innocent and also knows that he could be dangerous and should be treated differently to a normal suspect. Forest does give a solid performance but really isn’t too important to anything that happens. (5/10)


Maggie Grace: Kim Mills the daughter of Bryan who knows the innocence of her father and has to continue her normal day while being followed by the police. Maggie gives a solid performance and shows more young adult traits this time around. (6/10)


Support Cast: Taken 3 has a supporting cast that will at some point have Bryan Mills kick their arses but it is the true villain that is the mystery throughout.


Director Review: Olivier Megaton – Olivier does give us a good conclusion but fails to offer anything truly new to the series. (6/10)


Action: Taken 3 has plenty of action be it hand to hand combat, car chases or shoot offs. (9/10)

Thriller: Taken 3 doesn’t pull you in as much as previous encounters. (7/10)

Settings: Taken 3 bring the action back to America works well because Bryan has to play by different rules. (8/10)

Suggestion: Taken 3 is one for the fans of the series to enjoy, action fans will also enjoy but just don’t expect to get tested just enjoy. (Action Fans Watch)


Best Part: Police Escape.

Worst Part: Liquid store fight.

Lessons Learned: Simple don’t mess with Bryan Mills.

Action Scene Of The Film: Final showdown with the car and the plane


Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Hopefully Not

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $92 Million (to Date)

Budget: $48 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 49 Minutes

Trivia: Reportedly, Liam Neeson stipulated to the movie’s producers that he would only do this third instalment if “nobody gets taken”.


Overall: Solid Conclusion to the series

Rating 70


    • it was great but because of Taken 2 the expectations were low to start and it did almost feel like a parody of the first one but simple average action that will be forgotten in a month or two

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