Film critics can be harsh, aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes gives Taken 3 only a 12% approval rating. However, Rotten Tomatoes Joe Public members give it a much nicer 72% rating. I’m going to lean towards Joe Public. I think most critics arrived at their screenings with far too high expectations.
Taken 3 is Brian Mill’s third outing, and whilst a few things have been changed, it’s still pretty much the same story being recycled. Though this time it has a little bit of The Fugitive in it. If you’ve watched the trailer, then this won’t be a spoiler, if you haven’t, it might be. Brian Mills gets framed for the murder of his ex-wife, and as such has to spend most of the film evading the police whilst hunting down his ex-wife’s killers, to use his certain skill set on.
It’s pretty much brain dead fun. It’s what you’d expect from the third film in what should have been a one film deal. It’s a good night out.
The film’s biggest problem is with Olivier Megaton. I mean, seriously, who in their right mind calls themselves Megaton? Sure he did an ok job with Taken 2, but he also did the terrible Transporter 3. But Taken 3’s biggest issue was that in most of the action scenes, the chases and the fights, Megaton seems to want to operate only on close ups, which essentially means that we, the viewer, miss out on seeing most of the action. And for an action film, that kinda misses the point.
It’s an enjoyable end to the Taken franchise, though be warned, if this one makes enough money, they have set up the premise of the fourth film…
Rating: M Violence and offensive language.