- RatedPG13 /GenreAction, Adventure, Thriller
Liam Neeson returns as ex-CIA killing machine Bryan Mills, who goes on the run for suspected murder after his ex-wife Lenore (Famke Janssen) turns up dead in his apartment. On his trail is Franck Dotzler (Forest Whitaker), who heads the investigation.
Returning director Oliver Megaton's uninspired direction fails to recapture the magic of the original movie.
In Pierre Morel’s ‘Taken’ (2008), Bryan, "with his special set of skills", went after Albanian slave traders who kidnapped his 17-year-old daughter. With its brisk action set pieces featuring stunts and bare-knuckled fights, the movie was a surprise hit. It was a revival for leading man Neeson as the aging action-hero.
The 2012 sequel, ‘Taken 2’, by Oliver Megaton reversed the roles – with Bryan and his ex-wife taken by the Albanians' vengeful relatives, while his daughter Kim (Maggie Grace) goes out to save the couple.
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In ‘Taken 3’, no one gets "taken", in what is presumably last instalment of the action franchise.
Neeson, the consummate actor, despite the insipid storyline, doesn't give it any less than he gave to 'Michael Collins' (1996) or 'Schindler's List' (1993).
The movie will have you at the edge of your seat as he fights off the police and the various gangsters simultaneously and constantly.
But if you were expecting the same wanton destruction that Bryan brought to Paris and Istanbul for the first two movies, you will be disappointed.
'Taken 3' offers little more than a guy running around Los Angeles with the occasional fight scene or car chase thrown in between, even if it still retains the gutsy realism of the original.
'Taken 3' opens 8 January 2015