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I really liked Taken. It was cool, violent and could hide well the fact that it was still pretty dumb. Taken 2 was one of the worst follow ups to a movie I have ever seen. Plus its memory ruined the initial chase in Skyfall (seriously, they were shot in the same location). So how does Bryan Mills’ (Liam Neeson’s) third and possibly final adventure fare?
Well the story follows Bryan as he goes on the run for a crime he didn’t commit and must try to piece together the puzzle without getting caught, killed or worse.
This movie is stupid. I sat in the theatre (in surprisingly good D-BOX seats) picking apart the entire predictable plot as it soldiered on. Predictable as in “I HAVE SEEN THIS MOVIE BEFORE!”
I will give the writers credit for taking this story in a different direction. The problem is, its basically a not-so-good mix between Taken and The Fugitive. Although it sounds like a good idea, from my experience something meets something means nothing.
There were some good points. Some of the drama hit home well. The acting wasn’t half bad. And the ending was an enormous improvement on the previous films.
However, I had to put up with not only stupidity, but censorship. The film has obviously been cut to make the violence (though it remains in significant amounts) and swearing acceptable for a 12A rating. It is debatable whether, even in this video game age, this level of violence is suitable anyway for a 12A anyway. I believe they should have left whatever the original cut was alone and leave it a 15/18. A better movie, I would have seen.
I will honestly say I am glad I have seen The Taken Trilogy. It ranged from fun to funny.
Recommended Scenario: Watch either The Bourne Trilogy or The Fugitive. Or both, if you have 472 minutes.
If what I have written tells you that you would like this film, you can book tickets to see it at your local Cineworld here.