‘Taken 3’ movie review
By Megan West, Columnist
The third instalment of the Taken franchise is precisely what you might expect: Liam Neeson as Bryan Mills saving his family from Russian hit men one insane stunt at a time. It’s been done twice before and the third time you could almost bet money on Mills’ next move. However, it is still wildly entertaining.
Living up to its reputation, the movie is action-packed, full of flying bullets and a wonderful representation of Neeson’s on-point ability to make you feel as if you’re watching the most dangerous man in the world save the day. The storyline isn’t overly complex, although there were a few minor twists that left me with that faint sense of mystery throughout the movie.
If I were critiquing the film based on its underlying messages of hope or inspirational performances, it wasn’t the greatest. On the flip side though, if you are purely looking for an adrenaline-pumping cinematic experience, I wouldn’t miss this one. It is predictable, but as the saying goes—“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
I happen to be a huge fan of the franchise and there is no way that anyone who liked the first two movies won’t like this one. As an added bonus, the ending is set up perfectly to allow for a fourth instalment and will likely be in the works soon.
Overall, I would recommend this film to anyone looking for a fun night at the movies. Neeson’s “special set of skills” are still very much alive and will leave you feeling satisfied having spent the money to see Taken 3. Not quite as good as the original but better than the sequel, this movie gets a gold star in terms of action and adventure—precisely what it aims to do.