As a trilogy, it failed, or maybe we can call it a 50-50. On the whole, if would say this was a fairly decent and enjoyable action movie but I was expecting more from it. Hope it all ends here like they have said. The first half creates the puzzle and next half solves it. Then we have the fairly ridiculous big fight at the end where the bad guy runs around in his underwear.
From all the three films, the phone call between father and daughter was retained, but was not effective as the first one which became just a trademark of the series, that's all. A good chunk of the movie is quite good, actually it is very good, but there are some crucial scenes that, in my opinion, really drags it down to a rather mediocre level. But associated with 'Taken' and being the third film in the series was the setback. Not only does our hero walk into a heavily defended stronghold carrying only a small pea shooter but every time he manages to liberate a decent weapon from the hopelessly incompetent bad guys he throws it away and, occasionally, picks up another pea shooter. After that however it turned into a bloody joke.
Poor Lenore is trapped in her current unhappy marriage with an insufferable moneybags misfit Stuart St. There were a few minor glimpses of intelligence in the whole scene but they were never really exploited. The crew of the Endurance are required to think bigger and go further than any human in history as they embark on an interstellar voyage into the unknown. As expected, it was a typical structure in this trilogy, but the last quarter was turned into something like 'Mission Impossible'. He is the half-sad, silent and, most of all, ass-kicking hero that I like. Taken 3 2015 29th Century Fox 1 hr.
I am a consumer of movies and my personal opinion is that these plot elements are pretty cheap and not really to my liking. Importantly, even Neeson seems quite disengaged as his robotic Bryan Mills goes through the motions trying to find some upside in the forced upbeat shenanigans that seem to trudge along scene after scene. But then, that is just me. The plot is a fairly classical, not a very intelligent nor a very original, one. The main bad guy started off fairly good but he really never got the chance to shine and the ending scenes with the big confrontation was…well I would say pretty pathetic.
As he is tracked and pursued, Mills brings out his particular set of skills to find the true killer and clear his name. But the first one was a masterpiece, a trendsetting piece. Most of the other characters are mostly fillers. Maybe Liam Neeson is not a big enough star, although I like him a lot, to pick his roles like he wants to but I would say that he should indeed be a bit more picky and read the scripts before signing on. Anyway, the movie is not really bad.
Yes could have made a better action flick if it was not linked to it. It is a decent enough action movie but the script leaves somewhat to be desired. Apart from the pea shooter syndrome mentioned before he just gets himself wacked by this maniac until, in the last minute, he miraculously recovers and gets the upper hand. Genre Action, Thriller Imdb Rating 6. Are the general movie going audience really falling for these, in my mind, cheap scripts? If the last third of the movie would have matched the first two thirds then my rating would have been higher. Well, that was perhaps not entirely fair. Actually, it was not a bad movie, I really enjoyed it.
Mills still carries an emotional torch for Lenore but he cannot act upon his affections for her. In the near future, Earth has been devastated by drought and famine, causing a scarcity in food and extreme changes in climate. Except the cast from the previous two, the story takes place in a completely different platform. Up until this point Liam Neeson was really playing the big bad, and really skilled, killing machine. Coop, the pilot of the Endurance, must decide between seeing his children again and the future of the human race.
Seemingly, the catchy novelty act of a hulking middle-aged Neeson exploding at the seams in action-oriented fashion resonated with glorious forethought. . Because unlike the first two films, this one was somewhat detached from the original theme. A group of explorers must travel beyond our solar system in search of a planet that can sustain life. This brings us to my man gripe with this movie. I do not know why this always seems to be the standard solution because I certainly do not like it. Mills proves to be elusive and crafty as usual while leaving behind his trademark trashing of battered bodies and bouncing bullets in the chaotic southern California streets.
I guess they must be since this formula is repeated over and over again. As he's pursued by a savvy police inspector, Mills employs his particular set of skills to track the real killer and exact his unique brand of justice. Forrest Whitaker is doing a quite good job as well. The question remains: whose blood will be spilled in the process? When humanity is facing extinction, a mysterious rip in the space-time continuum is discovered, giving mankind the opportunity to widen its lifespan. It is a little disappointment for 'Taken' fans, but you will have a best shot if you see it as an independent one off movie.