Taken 3

I went to see Taken 3 (2014) the other night.  I’d seen previews for it earlier, last year, and added it to my list.  I went to the last showing, and was the only person in the theater, which was nice.

I haven’t seen that many Liam Neeson movies.  He’s sort of an Irish tough-guy actor, with a great voice.  He’s got a good action movie face, and I think he makes an effort to bring a range of emotional expressions to his face, to show in particularly tender or romantic sequences.

I assumed the “3” meant the third in a series (and it does).  I hadn’t seen either of the first two, so I didn’t know how they connected.  In this movie, he’s just a tough guy whose ex-wife ends up being killed (I think that was in the trailer, so I’m not spoiling anything here).  He gets sort of framed for it, and goes on the run while trying to track down the killer(s).  I know, not a very original concept…so the magic has to be in how it’s all done.

I thought he was great in this, and I thought Famke Janssen (<3) was good in her role as his ex-wife Lenore.  I don’t hear the name Lenore that often, and he uses the nickname “Lenny” addressing her.  Maggie Grace is good playing their daughter Kim.  Forest Whitaker plays the detective assigned to bring him in, and figure out what happened, and ultimately bring the killer to justice.  He’s good in that sort of role, I don’t have any problem with his acting.  The things he does in the movie, as his character realizes “how good” Neeson’s character is, would cause his problems in real life.  If lawyers learned that he didn’t follow procedure in following up certain leads, such as the phone traces, that would spell big trouble for the prosecution.  His character has a few habits that I thought were interesting…the playing with a rubber band around his wrist, and a knight chess piece that he is constantly removing from his pocket, toying with it, and replacing it into his pocket.

I know critics didn’t like it, but audiences did.  As for me, I thought it was a nice fast-paced action movie with a story simple enough for me to understand.  Today I went and bought Taken and Taken 2, so I’ll be able to learn more about the characters and their background.

Taken 3 (2015)
Taken 3 poster Rating: 8.2/10 (1,159 votes)
Director: Olivier Megaton
Writer: Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen
Stars: Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen, Forest Whitaker
Runtime: 109 min
Rated: PG-13
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Released: 09 Jan 2015
Plot: Ex-government operative Bryan Mills is accused of a ruthless murder he never committed or witnessed. As he is tracked and pursued, Mills brings out his particular set of skills to find the true killer and clear his name.