Starring: Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Forest Whitaker, Dougray Scott, Famke Janssen, Sam Spruell, Leland Orser, Jon Gries, Jonny Weston
Directed By: Olivier Megaton
So we’re at the third Taken film. Obviously, we’re just going for cash cow status here, and we’re not trying to reinvent the wheel. I think Luc Besson gave up, personally. Olivier Megaton did a pretty decent job with Colombiana, but Taken 2 was crap. Taken 2 was actually the reason I ignored Taken 3 in theatres and caught it on bluray instead. Taken 3 is actually a better, more fun movie than Taken 2. Now, that’s not me endorsing the film. It’s got an obvious plotline that it can’t escape. From the moment you decide to drop Dougray Scott into the franchise, we know something is up. He’s freaking Dougray Scott. He’s usually a bad guy, and he’s a big enough name to not be sidelined the whole film as “the husband”. There are a ton of character actors who would have done “the husband”. No, you wanted “the bad guy”. So when Dougray Scott turns out to be a bad guy, I wasn’t surprised. Sorry.
Maggie Grace is getting a little old too. She’s still in college? She’s 31. She looks pretty old for a college student. Not many college’s have lockers either. It immediately made me think she was in high school, which made it feel even sillier. Giving her a boyfriend played by an actor five years younger than her didn’t help. It just made her look older than her boyfriend. I don’t know why she needed the college subplot anyway. Can’t she be getting her shit together? Can’t she be working in a career now? I don’t think the movie would have really changed if she had a job instead of a class schedule.
Neeson’s getting a little old too. I’m hoping this is the last Taken. We don’t need anymore. Neeson is a tremendous actor, and Taken gave him a huge boost, but we’re done with Bryan Mills. Forest Whitaker… didn’t you win an Oscar? What the hell? I mean, honestly, this was a good sendoff to the Taken franchise we never needed, but it’s still beneath everyone. Yes, we took a small step up, but Taken 2 went so far down it was easy to make a film better than that.
Predictable, everyone feels old, yet mildly entertaining. Liam Neeson is still a star… just hopefully a star of other franchises.
FINAL GRADE: C+