PRE­VIEW: TAKEN 3

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When the orig­i­nal Taken hit the­atres across the world back in 2008, few could have pre­dicted that it would prove to be as ri­otously suc­cess­ful as it was.

Es­sen­tially a b- movie ac­tion flick star­ring oc­ca­sional A- lis­ter Liam Nee­son, Mag­gie Grace and Famke Janssen, the Luc Bes­son helmed project con­founded all ex­pec­ta­tions both crit­i­cally and com­mer­cially. The movie served as a shot in the arm for Nee­son’s ca­reer, re- es­tab­lish­ing him as a bit of a badass, and lead­ing to other epic ac­tion­ers like the awe­some 2011 ef­fort The Grey, and gave di­rec­tor Bes­son a real boost to his own ca­reer. A se­quel was in­evitable, and de­spite the fact that it turned out to be some­thing of a damp squib, it still per­formed rea­son­ably well at the box of­fice, earn­ing back almost ten times its bud­get glob­ally. That there would be a third in­stall­ment didn’t seem quite so cut and dry at that stage, though. Al­ready, crit­ics were round­ing on the fact that the premise of the orig­i­nal could spawn a se­quel, and it was dif­fi­cult to find too much fault in that logic - although Die Hard did man­age to pull off es­sen­tially the very same feat, al­beit with a much bet­ter re­cep­tion, for its se­quel. Even the movie’s lead­ing man Nee­son cast doubt on whether or not the duol­ogy would be­come a tril­ogy, say­ing in an in­ter­view with Ir­ish ra­dio sta­tion 98FM “I don’t think there’ll be a Taken 3. She can’t get taken again; that’s just bad parenting,” but Bes­son wasn’t about to cast aside what had be­come a ma­jor money- maker just yet. Speak­ing about his plans for the third movie and the con­cerns that a third plot about a kid­nap­ping might be a lit­tle hard to swal­low for some, the di­rec­tor said “It’s another story with the same char­ac­ters. No one is taken. The dog is not taken. It’s dif­fer­ent, but it’s very good. It’s prob­a­bly the best of the three for me, in terms of the script.” So, with no­body ac­tu­ally be­ing taken this time around, what di­rec­tion is the movie go­ing to go in? Fol­low­ing the events of the first two movies, Nee­son’s Bryan Mills has started to build a sem­blance of or­der and nor­mal­ity back into his life, but when his wife Lenore is mur­dered at their home, he be­comes the prime sus­pect and needs to use all his cun­ning and “tal­ents” to evade the pur­su­ing law en­force­ment, led by For­est Whi­taker.

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