TAKEN 3 (2014) Review (They Need to Can This Franchise)

Taken 3 stars Liam Neeson, Forest Whitaker, a quick bit by Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace.

It's directed by Olivier Megaton, whose resume includes Taken 2, Transporter 3, Colombiana and more.

The film starts out taking about 30 minutes to get going, but within those first 30 minutes, we see bad guys developing motivation, dad's tense relationship with both his daughter and ex-wife, and local law enforcement.

What I didn't get was who the bad guys were and why they did what they did. But of course, it all leads to Bryan (Neeson) going on yet another vendetta.

But this time around, there's a tone to the story that does not feel fluid. At all.

Then there's the distraction for me, that being how Neeson is still doing action films, but if you look carefully, you'll see the liberal use of jumpy action scenes, stunt runners and doubles and scenes of Liam running stiffly.

Sure, he's a great role model for action flicks, but it takes a lot of editing to make it look like he's still doing the action. But they use shaky cam galore and close cut edits on feet and hands to hide that it's not him doing most of the fighting.

The film trudges along, showing us Bryan chasing clues to the event that took place in the beginning of the film.

But it's not that exciting or even interesting. Heck we see the bad guys once at the beginning then then later, after the halfway mark.

If this isn't the last film of the Taken franchise, then someone is smoking dope in some production room!

Rotten Tomatoes gave it 10%, IMDb: 6/10.

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