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Movie Review – Taken 3: Thrills, chills and spills


CAST: Liam Neeson,Maggie Grace,Famke Janssen, Forest Whitaker, Dougray Scott, Jonny Weston, Sam Spruell, Leland Orser

Director: Olivier Megaton

Why is this movie being hawked as the last of the action franchise starring one of my favourite actors Liam Neeson? Why can’t a fourth instalment be crafted from a plot involving ex-covert operative Bryan Mills (Neeson, hunky) and Stuart St John (Dougray Scott) the wealthy second husband of his ex-wife, Lenore’s (Janssen)? Oyez, oyez Robert Mark Kamen and Luc Besson.

Thank you for emulating Shakespeare and keeping a crucial murder off-screen. Even the other killings are done with finesse, not the vomit-inducing gore in films too many to name…okay, no names.

It boggles the mind though that fundamentally decent men like Mills do not make good husbands. Thank goodness for small mercies, he is a doting father to only daughter, Kim (Maggie Grace, eye candy) and does his utmost to help his family. This time alas, he is unable to save a near and dear one (no spoiler here) for whose death he is framed.

Unsurprisingly, he flees with cop Franck Dotzler (Forest Whitaker) in hot pursuit. The cops, smart as they are, happen to resemble home-grown specimens, expending all their energy on chasing the (falsely) accused and too little, or none at all, on other possible suspects. Mills calls on his buddies and special set of skills into hunting down the real killers who seem to be in thrall of big-time gangster Oleg (Spruell, lizardly) Malankov.

‘Taken 3’ is as good as its predecessors if not better. There are enough fights and chases to thrill an adrenalin junkie. And you. And me. Go see.