We really thank Luc Besson and his Europa Corp for reinventing Liam Neeson as a modern action hero. Well … he’s once a Jedi Master and Batman’s trainer, but being a serial killer with this own franchise is beyond everyone’s expectation, even Neeson himself.
Back then, Neeson must have been reluctant before he took the role of this prolific ex-CIA agent, Bryan Mills, but what happened next was totally a blast. Taken (2008) was proven a potential. Besides, playing in this slick action flick and running on a brainless pace, the ageing Neeson (he was 55 when the movie started filming) showed that he could still nail to fight and dispatch in hand-to-hand combat with whomever trying to mess around with his character’s family.
Speaking the truth, this low-budget Taken was actually made with no great expectation. As a B – movie, the commercial success upon it surprised everyone yet motivated the production team to proceed with a sequel. However, a sequel showing a predictable plot with bland scenes of gun fight and car chase, isn’t a smart move at all. Although Taken 2 (2012) is still as decent as the first one, too bad the script doesn’t go any further but holding on lingering plotline of family abduction.
So as soon as we heard about the release plan of Tak3n, as soon as that we’re facing doubt. Prior to this, there was also a news saying that Neeson showed no interest to reprise his role for the third time, unless there’s something new besides chasing bad guys to save Lenore (Famke Janssen) and Kim (Maggie Grace). A good news finally arrived after Neeson was successfully taken aback by the new script, along with a new pay rate, fulfilling the first two films into a trilogy. But does the change satisfy fans in general or only Neeson’s die hard fans?
No more kidnapping, no more chasing, now Mills is back to the gang as a fugitive. Being as the MOST WANTED by a brainy and idealist detective, Frankz Dotzler (Forest Whitaker), Mills is falsely accused for killing his ex-wife, Lenore. Given the shock yet no enough time to grieve over her death, Mills has to escape himself in order to break the conspiracy. In such situation, we bet Mills prefers to have Lenore kidnapped instead of lying dead with her neck slit on his bed.
As we had predicted earlier, finding out who’s messing around this time is a piece of cake for Mills. Although Dotzler is totally goated with his chase, unfortunately always trapped in a hit and miss with Mills, thus making him and his team such a nuisance on screen. Trained as prolific ex-agent in the first two films, Mills doesn’t have to be physically tormented. He can still knock down those bad guys with bare hands and few shots, proving audience that Mills is still the star of this franchise.
He still hits until we realize that Tak3n is nothing more than his one man show. Frantic scenes between the gun fight and car crash also show little details about who’s taking and being taken here. Mills takes all attention on his grip, leaving our eyes stare at no one but him, which is kinda boring to watch. The only thing left we can appreciate from Mills is his role as a loving father to Kim. Here is the premise which still draws our heart towards him. Undeniably, throughout the franchise, all the kicking and shooting he does is mostly to save her, which, storywise, it’s time for Mills to consider a retirement and enjoy a peaceful life. Yes … we personally think Mills has proven us enough that no one can take it all like him.