Taken 3 – Movie Review
Taken 3 – PG-13
Release Date: Fri 09 Jan 2015
Taken 3 is absolutely ridiculous. After switching directors and dropping steeply in quality in the last installment, Taken 3 dives down into the ocean, climbs into a shark and jumps another shark with that shark. It’s almost – ALMOST so bad it’s good.
Take the exposition scene between Liam Neeson and Famke Janssen’s character. It’s edited so fast that there is no space between their lines. It feels like what it is, the very fastest scene of exposition possible. It feels as though someone sped up a video by 1.25 times and is just as silly. “I’m with him but I’m thinking of you.” “You know I won’t come between you and your husband.” “You’re an honorable man.” They have to get this out of the way quick so her murder can get the action rolling.
I say action, because I assume that’s what happened. These scenes get even more jump-cut into an incoherent mess. If you put a white frame into every edit it wouldn’t strobe – it would look like a white image superimposed over a bunch of random junk.
Liam Neeson and Forrest Whitaker do their best with what they have, but it’s an absolute train wreck just the same. Watch the video review (below) and stay to the end if you want to hear how crazy things get. I won’t spoil it for you in the written review, but I also don’t recommend seeing the film.
Aaron and I saw it in the theater and had a discussion in the car: