Taken 3 review

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Liam Neeson returns as ex-covert operative Bryan Mills, whose reconciliation with his ex-wife is tragically cut short when she is brutally murdered. Consumed with rage, and framed for the crime, he goes on the run to evade the relentless pursuit of the CIA, FBI and the police. For one last time, Mills must use his “particular set of skills,” to track down the real killers, exact his unique brand of justice, and protect the only thing that matters to him now – his daughter.

Source: Amazon.com

This is the third entry in a pretty thinly scripted series, this time taking the hip “Tak3n” name and stretching plausibility to the extreme.  I’m a big fan of Liam Neeson, but him playing a Jason Borne style action hero is difficult to grasp, as he’s over 60 years old.  The stunts and action make it clear that either it’s not him doing the stunts or it’s him doing them in 5-10 second intervals.  One scene that really got painful to watch was sadly the first real action scene where his character’s been framed and he’s on the run from the cops.  The scene’s only about 5 minutes long from the point that the action starts to the point that the action ends, and I swear to god I’m being honest here: I lost count around the 250’s cut nearly every second or every two seconds, incredibly jarring and difficult to keep track of what’s happening to who and when.  Just kind gloss over your eyes and hope that they explain it all after the dust settles.

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