BULLSEYE OR MISFIRE: Taken 3 Reviews
By Drax Largo on January 9th, 2015
“Taken 3″ is so unintentionally hilarious I couldn’t help but wonder – do movie contracts carry a humiliation bonus clause these days?
All kinds of problems are forgivable in a movie like this if the finished product is exciting. That doesn’t happen here.
If you love the other “Taken” movies, you will like this. But if you’re determined to love it, you’ll have to talk yourself into it – and even then, it might not work.
It’s the weakest of the trilogy, but Taken 3 kicks just hard enough to survive another day.
Because Mills’ hyper-competence never seems exciting, it instead becomes giggle-inducing.
This is a movie as its own death wish. To call it cheap, lazy, and perfunctory grants it a dignity that implies there was another path it could have taken.
…it’s the audience’s time and money that gets snatched, and not even Bryan Mills, with all his special skills, can stop that from happening.
Neeson’s charisma, Whitaker’s gravitas, and a few smart action choices supplying action junkies with enough vitamins to live another day.
The premise is pretty much the same: Mess with Neeson’s loved ones and you will die.
Megaton brings a cheese-grater approach to the editing of the action scenes, flitting from one angle to the next with no apparent concern for the effectiveness of any of them.
Starting with the unimaginative (and, as it happens, incorrect) title, “Taken 3,” directed by Oliver Megaton, is both lazy and tremendously overwrought.
Taken with no one taken? That would be like The Exorcist with no exorcist. Cabin in the Woods with no cabin in the woods. Nightmare on Elm Street with no nightmares.