‘I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don’t have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now, that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you.’
The famous words of Liam Neeson in 2008’s Taken ring clear through pretty much everyone’s minds. This is perhaps the most iconic and famous quote from any modern day film but, after seeing the eagerly anticipated Taken 3 this week, I can tell you that it’s no longer Bryan (Neeson’s character) that is doing the hunting… this time he is the one being hunted.
Without giving out any spoilers and ruining it for anyone out there, the third film tells the story of Bryan as he runs from the police as the main suspect of his ex-wife’s murder, trying to find who really did it on the way.
When I heard there was going to be a third film my (and I’m sure many others’) first thought was ‘oh no, not another… how many times can this girl be taken?’ but it honestly exceeds expectations of it making the trilogy seem monotonous. I’m really not usually the type to enjoy a gun-filled, unrealistic action movie but the film is so clever and is really well done without it seeming to drag on from the other two movies, it’s still just as thrilling and really keeps you on the edge of your seat.
Plus, I read an article the other week on how Neeson still performs all his own stunts at the grand old age of 62 which you have to admit is pretty impressive.
After the release of Taken 2 when asked about a third film, Neeson said that would be ‘just bad parenting’ but writer Luc Besson has truly stepped up to the mark and, personally, has impressed me with the unexpected storyline. I really enjoyed the film, despite usually being a chick flick kind of girl, however I doubt any of us should be expecting a Taken 4 anytime soon…
One person’s life can’t be that high risk, surely?
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