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October 4, 2017

Taken 3 (2014) --- "Guy Framed For Killing Ex-Wife Uses Skills To Hunt Down The Real Murderer."

Plot Summary
Ex-covert operative Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) and his ex-wife, Lenore (Famke Janssen), are enjoying a reconciliation when Lenore is brutally murdered. Bryan is framed for the crime and flees, with the CIA, FBI, and police all in hot pursuit. For the last time, he channels his rage and a particular set of skills into hunting down Lenore's real killers, taking his revenge and protecting the one important thing left in his life: his daughter, Kim (Maggie Grace). (1)

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     Plot recap, ex-covert operative Bryan Mills (Liam NeesonNon-stop) shocked when the long awaited reconciliation with his ex-wife, Lenora, (Famke JanssenX2) is tragically cut short when she is brutally murdered. Framed for the crime and consumed by rage, Mills goes into hiding and once again must use his special skills to track down the real killers. His intention is not only to clear his own name but to also exact his own version of ‘justice’ and protect the only one left that matter to him, his daughter Kim (Maggie GraceKnight & Day).

     Taken (2008) was an entertaining movie that gave insight into a new kind of action thriller movie. When Taken 2 (2012) came out audiences were disappointed because apparently they wanted the second film to be a remake of the original but I found it to be entertaining and more action driven than the first film. Now we have Taken 3 (2014) which is helmed by director Olivier Megaton, who also directed Taken 2, and there is also the return of the same writers, Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen. The action is the same as the second film and it appears that Bryan Mills (Neeson) is not too old to continue dodging bullets and disarm/kill the enemy. The special effects, film editing, and production design are great to see.
     There have been a lot of comparisons and negative criticisms between Taken 3 and the previous two films; one notable mention is that a lot of movie goers do not believe that this third movie is as good as its predecessors. For me, the only issue that I have is the continued use of the bad guys being Russians because it gets a bit overused but I guess here it works a bit more refined. Also, the actor who played Lenora’s new husband Stuart was changed from Xander Berkeley (The Walking Dead) to Dougray Scott (Ever After) and I found this to be a bit confusing at first.
     Overall, I found Taken 3 (2014) to be just as entertaining as the previous two films from start to finish. The story was a bit more complex and had some nice plot twist. The drama/thrill was also great and the action sequences were filled with realistic bone-crushing combat that could make almost any moviegoer cringe. Will there ever be a Taken 4? Maybe, maybe not. I guess only time will tell. However, there is a TV show, of the same name, that just recently came out and is also set for a season 2. Luc Besson is one of the creators and the actor playing Bryan Mills is British Actor, Clive Standen (plays Rollo on the hit TV show Vikings).

"Good luck."
- Bryan Mills

Final Vote
Worth Seeing:  3 of 5 star
Worth Buying:  3 of 5 stars

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Cast & Crew
 Directed by Olivier Megaton
Writing Credits: Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen
Produced by 
     Luc Besson                              ...      producer
     Michael Mandaville               ...      line producer: United States
     Fernando Victoria de Lecea ...      executive producer/line producer: Spain
Music by Nathaniel Méchaly      
Cinematography by Eric Kress
Film Editing by Audrey Simonaud
Production Design by Sébastien Inizan        
Art Direction by Christophe Couzon, Natasha Hatch, and Nanci Roberts          
Set Decoration by Linda Spheeris       
Costume Design by Olivier Bériot

Liam Neeson                     ...      Bryan Mills
Forest Whitaker              ...      Franck Dotzler
Famke Janssen                ...      Lenore St. John
Maggie Grace                    ...      Kim Mills
Dougray Scott                   ...      Stuart St. John
Sam Spruell                       ...      Oleg Malankov
Don Harvey                       ...      Garcia
Dylan Bruno                      ...      Smith
Leland Orser                     ...      Sam (Gilroy)
David Warshofsky          ...      Bernie (Harris)
Jon Gries                            ...      (Mark) Casey
Jonny Weston                   ...      Jimy
Andrew Borba                  ...      Clarence
Judi Beecher                     ...      Claire
Andrew Howard              ...      Maxim
Jimmy Palumbo              ...      Cop Brooks
Wallace Langham          ...      Mike 

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