Taken 3 **

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I didn’t really think we needed a second “Taken” movie let alone a third. The plot this time does not even involve anybody actually being taken. We get the same cast of characters and the same title, presumabley to boost the grosses. The result is a fairly enjoyable thriller that really servces no purpose other than to show Liam Neeson shooting and fighting people. It is no where near as bad as the second movie but it is still kind of pointless.

The plot I won’t get in to. Neeson plays Brian Mills who is framed for the murder of his ex-wife. Action and violence occupies the screen until we get to the predictable resolution. If you like your thrillers to be this brainless then you will get a kick out of it. I find myself wondering why the violence was so wated downt his time? The first movie had an R rated edge and was not afraid to delve in to the darker side of criminals and gangsters. This time the action is more frantic and PG-13 like. I found it a little annoying.

When this movie was nearing it’s end I found myself hoping that they would of gone down the road that “22 Jump Street” did and end with a preview for all the potential sequels. I can see some hilarious trailers for “Taken” 4-40 in my mind. Perhaps they take his puppy or his favorite plant. Maybe they need to stop taking us for our money.

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