Taken 3

Theatrical Release: January 9, 2015
Taken 3
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Synopsis

Ex-government operative Bryan Mills is accused of a ruthless murder he never committed or witnessed. As he is tracked and pursued, Mills brings out his particular set of skills to find the true killer and clear his name.

Dove Review

“Taken 3” features an action-packed plot line and, considering this is the third film in the series, a pretty interesting story and mystery to solve. Liam Neeson has seemingly lost nothing in his physical arsenal as he elbows bad guys, punches them, races after them in his car, etc.

The story focuses on Bryan Mills (Neeson) as he tries to find the person or people behind the murder of his ex-wife. She had dropped by to let him know she still has feelings for him and that she and her current husband, Stuart (Dougray Scott), are not close. Soon she is found dead in his apartment and Mills is the prime suspect. He is off and running to prove his innocence and locate the actual murderer/murderers. The plot is reminiscent of “The Fugitive” in that regard. He finds a surveillance camera video tape recorded near a gas station that shows his wife and her abduction. Soon Officer Franck Dotzler (Forest Whitaker) is on Mills’ trail, but he suspects that Mills may indeed be innocent.

There are a lot of car chases, explosions, fights, and action, and the pace of the film is super-speed all the way, slowing down long enough to feature some nice scenes between Mills and his daughter Kim (Maggie Grace), who knows her father is innocent. The scene of Mills chasing after a plane on a runway in his car near the end of the movie is energetic and well executed. Still, strong language and violence prevents us from awarding the movie our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal.

Content Description

Sex: Young woman is pregnant and not married but she and the boyfriend plan to keep the baby; married woman kisses her ex-husband but he puts a stop to it.
Language: GD-5; G/OMG-4; For G's Sake-1; J-3; S-10; F-1; H-4; A-2; D-1; Scumbag-1.
Violence: Lots of violence but surprisingly little blood with a lot of cutaway scenes; explosions; car collisions; woman is murdered and blood is seen on knife; woman's face is seen in morgue when sheet is pulled back and the mark on her throat from it having been slit is shown; fights including punching and kicking; guns held on characters and several characters are shot and killed.
Drugs: Drinking of wine; man gives his daughter something in a drink that makes her nauseated so he can get her aside and later he gives her the antidote.
Nudity: A little cleavage in a few scenes; shirtless man; man and two women in hot tub and women are wearing swimsuits; man seen in underwear.
Other: Death and grief; betrayal; tension between characters.

Info

Company: Fox
Director: Olivier Megaton
Producer: Luc Besson
Genre: Action
Runtime: 109 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter