Taken 3 (2014) Directed by Olivier Megaton 3.5/10 The original Taken (directed by Pierre Morel) was a classy little action thriller that became a world-wide sensation which of course had them rush an unnecessary sequel into production. Taken 2 was an ugly mess of film with terrible incoherently shot action scenes and seemed to only to be getting started narrative wise when it ended. Today I went to the cinema with some free vouchers to see Taken 3 and I had assumed after the huge backlash the second film got that there would be a fresh eye behind the camera. I was wrong, as Taken 2's Olivier Megaton is back in the directorial chair to finally put the franchise to bed. Liam Neeson once again plays Ex-government operative Bryan Mills and this time he 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. This time around the whole film is set in America but we still have corny European villains to deal with. The action scenes are only mildly more coherent with the shakiness of the camera dialed back a notch from the previous entry. The narrative has a beginning, middle and end with some twists (which are not hard to see coming) along the way but it does not feel any more satisfying. The one brighter spot of the film is the detective investigating the murder played with poise by Forest Whitaker (more like WhiTAKEN amirite?). In the end we have another poorly executed sequel that hopefully is the last for this franchise as the good will left from the first film is surely sitting on empty by now. A totally skippable action flop with only a handful of moments of interest (which is surely not enough), not recommended.