Taken 3 (4/10)

Taken 3

It Ends Here


Ex-government operative Bryan Mills finds his life is shattered when he's falsely accused of a murder that hits close to home. As he's pursued by a savvy police inspector, Mills employs his particular set of skills to track the real killer and exact his unique brand of justice.

Title Taken 3
Director Olivier Megaton
Director of Photography Eric Kress
Producer Luc Besson
Runtime 1 h 49 min
Certification PG-13
Release Date 9 January 2015
Tagline It Ends Here
IMDb Id tt2446042

I remember Liam Neeson saying a couple of years ago: ‘Taken 3? I don’t think there’ll be a Taken 3. She can’t get taken again, that’s just bad parenting’. But Taken 3 did happen. Kim does get taken again. And it is bad parenting indeed.

It is also a bad movie unfortunately. The plot is not very interesting but that is not necessarily a big issue in a movie like this. But the acting is also lacking – it is mainly just lazy, with in particular Forest Whitaker being especially uninspired it seems – this must be one of his worst performances in a long time, he adds nothing to the movie…

But the real killer is the complete over-use of non-stop shaky-cam photography combined with insane editing. It does your head in. It is so frenzied that I completely lost interest in the movie and about halfway through I noticed I was counting seconds – trying to find how long each shot was before it cuts away to the next. I lost count because I rarely made it beyond 2 seconds… I would bet more than 90% of the shots are shorter than 3 seconds, with 50% being shorter than 2 seconds. And I didn’t count any shot longer than 5 seconds. It is just annoying as hell.

Enough already. Time for Liam Neeson to make a decent movie again. It’s been a while.

Taken 3 (4/10)
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