Taken 3 (PG) ****

Lone Wolf!

Taken 3Being on your own can be a drag. Desperate times call for desperate measures. Food for thought involving a man on a mission highlights Taken 3. Lucky 20th Century Fox wisely green-lit the third in This impressive series. Fit for all freedom-loving people check out this must see actioner at Cineplex Odeon Theatres around B.C.

Under the radar is how mild-mannered Bryan Mills likes to live his life. Mature Liam Neeson (Schindler’s List) is perfectly suited to play the retired special ops operative. Call Mills the spy who stayed out in the cold as now all he wants to do is catch up on some rays in sunny California. Fans of the first two Taken films knows that Mills is quite the family man and will protect his daughter Kim and ex-wife Lenore with whom he still remains friendly. Maggie Grace and Famke Janssen (Goldeneye) do do justice to their characters.

When Lenore left for dead and Mills hung out to dry as a man with blood on his hands it sets the stage for a monumental struggle for survival. And revenge! With Los Angeles the battleground the action here is adrenalin pumping. Thanks to a clever story by The Transporter mastermind Luc Besson (The Fifth Element) and solid direction by Olivier Megaton Taken 3 simply rocks!

Tension is at an all time high in This heart-pounding thriller. Lots of room for surprises and much wiggle room competes with a very clever and fresh script and a wonderful good guy/bad guy dynamic that will keep you guessing between well choreographed stunts. Neeson is in top form and is totally believable (and commendable) as a man searching for answers, trying to elude his legion of pursuers and ultimately saving the day.

Perhaps Solid casting including Oscar winning Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland) as a crusading detective make this 109 minute movie fun throughout. Rumour has it that this will be the final film in the Taken series. Say it isn’t so.

By Robert Waldman