Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Film Review - Taken 3 (2015)

Taken 3 is the third film in this series and again stars Liam Neeson as Bryan Mills but this time he finds himself on the run from the FBI after his ex wife Lenore (Famke Janssen) is found dead in his apartment.

Part of me really did not want to see this film as while I really loved the first Taken film the 2nd one was dreadful so the news that a third film was coming did not fill me with optimism plus the joke of "What can they take THIS time, his Car, his Lawnmower, his Laptop hell even his Mobile Phone" but alas the only way I would've ever known what it was like was to see it and so I did.

And quite frankly something was taken in this film and those were my time and money as this movie is just crap frankly and the reasons are three:

- The first is that it's just boring as all hell to sit through as all the key players from the first 2 return but they all sound so bored shitless they just keep sitting around waiting for the cheque to come in the mail which is especially true of Neeson who just sounds like a barking dog throught most of the film.

And as for him I really really think that he needs to get away from doing the action stuff for a while as it is really getting tiresome seeing him running around and shooting and stabbing everything in sight whilst doing the whole "I will find you, I will kill you" speech over a phone then again this was the same path Stallone's action career went down whereas Arnold wisely learned the lessons of his duds and knew when to break out into his comedy work with Twins (despite everyone telling him not to and thankfully he didn't listen.)

- The second is that this sequel gets very tiresome over its near 2 hour length (the first film ran for 90-95 minutes) and as a result I just started to get very tired of the events on screen and third time around I just cannot help but be reminded of the Highlander series, the first movie was so good (a great idea for one film like this one) but as it made a bunch of money it had to be spun out into a series and everything that made the first so good is thrown away as a result.

- And third the film just gets ridiculous at times I mean there's a car chase where pretty much everyone on that freeway was probably crushed to death and then there's Neeson pretty much playing the role as if he was the Terminator as no matter what's thrown at him he just gets back up as if nothing ever harmed him and comes back for more and as the film goes on you just think "Oh Come On, this is just stupid."

And so that was Taken 3 and all it will take is your time and your money so don't go and see it, 1 out of 5.

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