‘Taken 3’ closes the franchise

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After being framed for the murder of his ex-wife, Bryan Mills, is now a most wanted man. He will have to resort to unconventional warfare in order to achieve his revenge.
Mills on his new journey

By Raffaele Fusulan
A&E Editor/Spectator

“Taken 3” is a thrilling action movie that tries to incorporate the pros of the previous two movies while adding some more original content into this trilogy ending.

The first movie had Bryan Mills pursue the people that kidnapped his daughter. After saving her, the second movie flips the script and puts Mills and his ex-wife Lenore in the hands of the bad guys.

The third installment takes a different approach, as well.

After returning home and finding Lenore dead on his bed, he is quickly discovered by the police who get knocked out when trying to take in Mills.

Mills obviously being innocent flees the scene after an intense cat and mouse chase with the police.

Realizing that his ex-wife’s death was a setup, Mills’ goal is to find out who killed here, prove his innocence and avenge her death.

Lenore’s death not only has a great impact on Bryan, but also on his daughter Kim Mills who he loves more than anything else.

“Taken 3” did a really good job in showing how devastating the death of Lenore was to the people she loved. The movie also showed how deep the connection of father and daughter can go.

Frank Dotzler, played by Forest Whitaker, is the inspector in charge of finding and apprehending Mills. Throughout the movie he portrays a very patient individual who takes his time to analyze any situation or crime scene in order to achieve the best conclusion.

The action scenes were well directed. The fighting felt smooth and well-coordinated, especially towards the end of the movie. The early fight scenes felt poorly edited due to the amount of frequent cutting in the sequences.

As the movie progressed the plot became more and more interesting. Being chased by the authorities, Bryan needed the extra help, therefore his longtime friends also played a major role in this movie more than once.

Compared to the previous installments “Taken 3” definitely took a very different road. The first one occurred in France, while the second one was in Turkey, both on foreign soil.

What made this movie interesting is the fact that he was now a wanted man in his own country.

The plot of the movie was interesting because it made you wonder why he was framed and who would have gained from that.

Luckily the movie tries to answer your entire question at the end when the final plot twist is revealed.

“Taken 3” was a good completion of the franchise. It definitely finished with a bang that will leave the viewer satisfied.

Raffaele Fusulan is the A&E editor for the Spectator. He can be reached by ae.specator@gmail.com.