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Published January 11th 2015
It ends here
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Liam Neeson is back in the role of Bryan Mills in his 3rd 'Taken' movie, 'It Ends Here'. I dare say that's good advice. I think they've taken 'Tak3n' as far as it can go without bordering on regurgitated slops (it might already be there for some). It's a tried and true formula common in serial movies, trilogies, sequels, prequels, you name it. You have to be a fan to want to watch all the Die Hard movies, all the Lethal Weapon movies and this trilogy is no different. I had already seen the first two so I strapped myself in for the third. Actually, it wasn't that bitter a pill to swallow. The storyline was weak with a few potholes that you'll notice but the action and pace of the movie kept it pumping and it was just as engaging as the other two. I think that's the strength of this trilogy. They're all equally good, or bad, depending on how you want to view it, unlike some of the other sequels where they make a bad one in between and then try to redeem it with another.

In the 1st Taken, we had the daughter kidnapped, in the 2nd, it was the wife's turn. In the 3rd the poor wife does not survive and Bryan Mills, the ex husband and ex government operative, is the only suspect in her murder. Mistaken for the murderer, Mills needs to get out there to clear his name and to find out who's responsible. Using his 'particular set of skills' he sets out to get justice his way while protecting his most valuable possession at the same time, his beloved daughter.

This film starts out strong with an action packed scene of the bad guys showing a bit of 'muscle'. I loved that Forest Whitaker, one of my favourite actors, was in the film, but of course his talents were grossly under-used. He's head of the good guys chasing Bryan Mills down to bring him to justice. Sadly in this film they have Franck Dotzler (Whitaker) filled with enough intelligence to figure out his men may be underestimating Bryan Mills, yet not intelligent enough to work out he may not be the killer looking at clues and his background.

As I mentioned before, tried and true formula. If you're a fan, you just have to complete the trilogy, if not, then it's same old same old. I honestly didn't have a problem with it as I enjoy all sorts of movies and go there for entertainment and not to poke a hole in everything I see, unless of course it's really, really bad. I give this a 6.5 out of 10.

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Why? The 3rd and last in the trilogy of the movie 'Taken'
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