New Taken 3 Movie Received Mostly Negative Reviews From Major Critics
20th Century FOX released their new action/thriller film, “Taken 3,” into theaters this weekend, and a couple of reviews are already in from the top,major movie critics. It turns out that this franchise may have ran its course with them as they weren’t too positive about it, giving it an overall 32 score out of a possible 100 across 16 reviews at the Metacritic.com site.
The movie stars: Famke Janssen, Liam Neeson, Dougray Scott, Forest Whitaker, Maggie Grace, Leland Orser and Sam Spruell. We’ve provided blurbs from a few of the critics,below.
Kyle Anderson at Entertainment Weekly, gave it a 67 score, stating: “It’s a testament to Neeson’s startling charisma as an action star that for all its storytelling flaws, large swaths of Taken 3 remain wildly entertaining.”
Tom Huddleston from Time Out London, gave it a 60 grade, stating: “Taken 3 scores over its predecessor on almost every level: the stakes are higher, the LA locations are nicely photographed and, best of all, there’s an actual plot, with twists and everything.”
Neil Smith over at Total Film, gave it a 40 score, stating: “Liam Neeson cuts a rather sorry figure in what’s less a final flourish for the series than a prolonged death rattle.”
Ali Plumb from Empire, gave it a 40 score, saying: ” Megaton’s choppy editing barely disguises his star’s hatred of running, while a brutal 12A neutering lessens what limited fun remains in seeing Oscar Schindler creakily throw a Russian bad ‘un into some supermarket shelves.”
Clarence Tsui at The Hollywood Reporter, gave it a 40 grade. He stated: “Replacing the first two films’ simplistic, man-on-the-run premise with a stuttering plot comparatively light on action and stuffed with red herrings and inconsequential characters… Besson’s team has signed off the trilogy with a whimper rather than the kind of unfettered bang delivered by the first two films.”
Richard Roeper from the Chicago Sun-Times, gave it a 38 score, saying: “?I’ll tell you what got Taken. A hundred and twelve minutes of my life got Taken.”
Sheila O’Malley over at RogerEbert.com, gave it a 38 grade, stating: “It’s just a frantic, flash-cutting frenzy. Even the slower, more intimate family scenes feature so many swooping-up-from-below shots and so many sudden inserts that moments (emotional or physical) are never given a chance to land.”
Maggie Lee from Variety, gave it a 30 grade. She said: ” A mind-numbing, crash-bang misfire that abandons chic European capitals for the character’s own backyard.”
Peter Bradshaw from The Guardian, gave it a 20 score, saying: “It’s difficult to know what subtitle to give this. Taken 3: Not Again, or Taken 3: Seriously? or Taken 3: This Is Getting a Bit Much Frankly.”
Finally, Robbie Collin from The Telegraph, gave it a 20 score, stating: “Each individual moment in the film barely seems to be on speaking terms with the rest.” Stay tuned. Also, get your favorite Movie stuff, and more by Clicking Here.