July 23, 2015 Leave a comment
The first action sequence in Taken 3 might baffle you. The scene is edited with so many quick cuts that it looks discontinuous and incomprehensible. On top of which confusion, we are still trying to grasp why Detective Bryan Mills decided to hurt two police officers and flee from them like a fugitive. If he were dealing with bad guys, his actions would make sense. But against law enforcers who are doing their job, Detective Mills seems like the kind of man who would at least accompany them to the station for further questioning.
We might then ask how necessary it is to have a Taken part 3. In a way, it needs to happen. After all the damage that Detective Mills has done in the previous two entries, fate shouldn’t be so simple as to let him off the hook living happily ever after.
With that said, Taken 3 goes for a very grim, cruel approach. As the films trailer revealed, his wife is killed and Mills is being framed for it. The story begins by establishing that Mills’s daughter is pregnant and that his ex-wife is depressed in marriage. We also learn about another storyline, that some gangsters are trying to collect a debt from an unknown debtor. We see them muscling their way into the home of a financier only to take him into a bank and execute him right there for not producing the funds. These are some serious collectors. Then later, Mills discovers his wife dead in his apartment and the police find him at the scene holding a weapon, impelling Mills to run on foot and evade authorities using his famous set of skills.
Some of his skills are still entertaining to watch considering age and a retired status. It’s his quick thinking and instincts. Downloading GPS coordinates from an impounded car and visiting a gas station to ask questions with a fake FBI Id are some examples of his stealthy methods. When he is able to perfectly align his body underneath a corpse so he is unseen during a shootout is another.
As Mills embarks on his violent quest to prove innocence, the action scenes become more thrilling. They never quite reach the standard of the previous movies but this could be due to motivational factors. In the previous chapters, we felt the urgency of Mills in his reason behind surviving the opponents. In this one, he is trying to prove his innocence but there is a lingering thought as to whether there is a better method besides hunting down the bad guys.
The leader of the baddies is given a bit of a back story that’s typical. A former Russian special forces soldier now turned drug dealer runs a set of feared criminals across the city. They lend money and unleash mayhem when they aren’t paid back. There is a twist towards the end however there is a possibility that it isn’t intending to be a surprise. From the beginning of the movie, we are confident on who the real culprit is.
Does it matter the Mill’s old friends (those guys who he grills steaks with) participate in the action? It really doesn’t have an effect. We enjoy a Taken movie because we want to see the solitary Mills demonstrate his skills. We also want to see an older, wiser man of action test his limitations. Taken 3 is directed by Olivier Megaton and produced by Luc Besson, both involved in Taken 2. Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, and Maggie Grace resume their roles. Forest Whitaker is also included as another detective. But Taken 3 has a story that stretches its logical limits too far that the relevance of the action scenes begin to fade as a result.