TAKEN 3

On Bluray this coming Tuesday is a man testing his skills from director Olivier Megaton and 20th Century Fox is TAKEN 3.

Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) is back once again living his life and spending time with daughter Kim (Maggie Grace). Ex-wife Lenore (Famke Janssen) is still working on her marriage to husband Stuart (Dougray Scott) but not so sure that’s what she wants anymore.

Receiving a text message asking to meet up for bagels, Mills comes back to his apartment to find Lenore has been murdered. The police show up almost immediately and try (yes I said try) to take Mills into custody.

Now on the run, Investigator Franck Dotzler (Forest Whitaker) has his men jumping through hoops to find Mills while he starts to investigate. From one moment to the next he is never quite sure Mills is really guilty. Especially when it is discovered that Stuart is in trouble with Russian businessman Oleg Malankov (Sam Spruell).

One last time Mills is called upon for his particular set of skills!

Neeson as Mills gives this character one last go-around. Perfectly timed as it wouldn’t be cool having a grandfather pushing a stroller in one hand and fist punching a bad guy with the other. Mills is a calm, cool and collected type of guy and it helps to have good buddies to back him up. The best part of Neeson in this film is he takes the hits and keeps coming back for more.

Grace as Kim still has the deer-in-the-headlights look when it comes to shock or surprise or terror. Of course she stands by her father because Kim knows what we all know – Mills doesn’t off family members. This isn’t as big a role as TAKEN 2 for Grace but Dad defends her to the end.

Whitaker as Dotzler knows who he is dealing with even if the men under him don’t listen at all. I mean really? How many times is Mills going to get the best of you before it hits home “oh yea, this guy doesn’t miss a trick and perhaps we shouldn’t underestimate him”. Just asking here. It’s almost as if the character of Dotlzer lets Mills do the police work for him.

Janssen as Lenore just seemed desperate knowing she’d missed a good thing with Mills (duuuuuuh!) and Scott as Stuart just wasn’t a believable fit. Spruell as the Russian bad guy wasn’t anything new and pretty much could have done without him running around in his undies thanks.

Other cast include: Leland Orser as Sam, Jon Gries as Casey, Andrew Howard as Maxim, and Dylan Bruno as Smith.

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment brings the best action films that also include such hits coming soon to Bluray with MAD MAX with Mel Gibson and THE PYRAMID. Family films such as BLACK OR WHITE along with the television series GLEE are also available. Check out what they have to offer at www.foxconnect.com.

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give TAKEN 3 on Bluray four tubs of popcorn out of five. The action is definitely there screaming through the streets of Los Angeles so that’s something to look forward to at least. The storyline pretty much follows in the vein of the TAKEN series meaning I could see where it was headed but was happy to be there!

Silly tidbits I’d like to mention here: 1) the school scene seems to still be a hot issue, 2) changing the actor who plays Stuart was a tad unnerving 4) eating evidence? and 3) watching Mills constantly be smacked around didn’t cause happiness. Nobody smacks Mills and expects a happy viewer – but we also know it is a momentary unhappiness because Mills always smacks back!

The Bluray is fantastic to watch on a big television screen and the added bonus features work for me as well. It has a double dose of action and excitement with two versions of the film. Also included are deleted scenes, Sam’s Bunker a.k.a. The Rabbit Hole, Taken to L.A., A Taken Legacy and Gallery. With Digital HD you can watch TAKEN 3 on television, computer, tablet and Smartphone!

So focus on the action, his particular set of skills and take it all in stride buckling up for one more ride!

In the end – the only thing left that matters is his daughter!

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Jeri Jacquin

Jeri Jacquin covers film, television, DVD/Bluray releases, celebrity interviews, festivals and all things entertainment.