Taken 3

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(2014) ★★

Sky Movies Box Office: PREMIERE Friday 4 December, 4.15pm, 8pm

After his family’s misadventures in Paris and Istanbul, Liam Neeson is looking to reconcile with ex-wife Famke Janssen and birthday girl Maggie Grace in sunny Los Angeles. Russian mobsters rudely interrupt those plans, framing Neeson for Janssen’s murder.

Beginning like a bad soap opera – Liam’s buying Maggie a big floppy panda toy, she’s checking her pregnancy kit (neither brings a smile to her face) – Taken 3 morphs into a bland rerun of The Fugitive. There’s no man with one arm but there are plenty of men with half a brain.

Two of them worked on the script. Slick, efficient and shallow, it’s a lazy cash-grab partially redeemed by Forest Whitaker’s presence as the officer in charge. He actually looks like a cop and he looks at people like a cop.

Even so, he’s hamstrung by that script, which insists the cops are of the Keystone variety, following up on all the clues except the criminal ones. Cue collateral damage up the wazoo. Interesting that the British Board of Film Classification now designates throat cutting and waterboarding as ‘moderate action violence’.

Certificate: 12
Duration: 104min

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