Monday, June 1, 2015
#JustaQuickiePlease: Taken 3 Review
The third time is a charm, right? Yeah, not so much. Boring, predictable, outlandish, unbelievable, these all only begin to describe this disaster that supposedly, hopefully, will conclude this overdone franchise. The first was edgy, disturbing, well written, and thoroughly engaging and exciting. The second was lackluster, repetitive, and poorly filmed and choreographed. This final installment is an utter waste of over an hour and forty-five minutes. Neeson has become an unfortunate one trick pony for Hollywood and his once remarkable edge and grit has become frustratingly dull and disappointing. Now, I am the first to applaud over the top action, the Expendable's series nearly gave me a mangasm. But if he was shooting for a realistic take on it, this director misses the target every time, creating sequences that are so far fetched even Stallone would criticize they were a tad too much. Add to all of this acting that is as stale as Sheen's breath after a bender and you have successfully excreted a blockbuster pile of feature feces. 0 out of 5 Kernels: the only thing "Taken" was my time and interest.