Taken 3 is directed by Olivier Megaton, primarily acted by Liam Neeson and Famke Janssen, icons of the action/thriller genre from films such as Unknown (2011) and the original X-Men film trilogy (2000-2006). It was released at the beginning of this year, on the 8th of January, and is set to be released on DVD sometime this June.
Where do I even start when discussing this film? The whole journey is like that of a car driving down a motorway, long storylines which include complicated and twisting plot points that send the audience either which way, having their own suspicions on each character. The audience are pushed back and forth between multiple characters, making them decide who to eventually point the finger at, or the gun, in the case of Bryan Mills, played by Neeson.
From the name of the film, and the previous films, people will be surprised that no-one is actually taken, a strange decision made by the writers (Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen) but a great one at the same time, as the film is full of bends that you cannot expect. Taken 3 stands out from the others – it’s that quick turn that no-one expects. But one similarity between all the Taken films, which is something that we can always say, is the action.
Taken 3 is made for action. It has so many explosions even Michael Bay may shed a few tears of joy. Of course I must mention some crucial, explosive scenes. For instance, the main character, in a car, is falling down an elevator shaft of a skyscraper, falling all the way down and EXPLODING THE ENTIRE BUILDING, which Mills somehow proceeds to walk out of without a scratch and not as a bubbling paste on the floor.
Mills seems to be an invincible character, suffering many gunshots and explosions throughout all the films, this time alongside the emotional heart break of losing his ex-wife. However, driving a battered car off a cliff face, rolling down and having it explode, yet still surviving is possibly a greater feat when compared to surviving mere gunfire.
Of course there’s the standard storylines we see in most modern films; we even have the classic teenage pregnancy card being played, in this case by Kim Mills, the daughter who occasionally “graces” us with her presence (played by Maggie Grace – I lied about the puns). These are just slightly unnecessary pieces of plot and character development, stacking more and more onto poor Bryan, the immortal man. While it has flaws, what doesn’t…apart from Taken, of course…
There have been no more films scheduled for the series, which isn’t utterly heart-breaking *sheds a tear*. Judging by the 89 million dollars it grossed in the US, the creators, especially Olivier Megaton, may be smart enough to make another and make a “Mega-ton” of money. Let’s just hope it isn’t a money-grabbing sequel with nothing special to offer, because really who does that *coughs* Michael Bay. We can only hope that the Taken series continues, but as for this review, “It ends here”.