The trailer looked good. It seemed like a return to the roots of the original Taken, after the disaster that was Taken 2. But seeing as it was Taken 2’s director (Olivier Megaton) at the helm and not the director of the first one (Pierre Morel), I did not have my hopes up.
I wanted to like it, but I just couldn’t find much to hold my attention. The editing during the action sequences were so fast and choppy I could barely see what was going on. The plot was unnecessarily convoluted; what made the original Taken special was that the plot was straightforward and we felt drawn into Bryan Mills’ world. With Taken 3, the plot lacked focus, and the reduced violence to get a PG-13 rating definitely hurt the film rather than help it, as it took away the impact of the violence.
It’s a bit better than the second Taken. And I still believe there is a chance for this franchise to come back if they reboot it by changing the writer and director. But unless that happens, Taken as a franchise has run its course.