Escape to the Movies: Taken 3 - The One Where Liam Neeson Beats People Up

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Taken 3 - The One Where Liam Neeson Beats People Up

Don't get Taken in by Taken 3.

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And so, what has been so aptly christened by a certain other site that does a lot of movie reviews as "Fuck You It's January" has begun.
 

Evonisia

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It's times like this when I'm glad that some December US releases are pushed into the UK's January releases so I still have to indulge in the likes of Birdman and Foxcatcher.

I'm not so sure what the point of Taken 2 was, so I think I'll believe Bob's interpretation of it being an action film with Taken skin on.
 

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If the number of responses to your posts drop, it's because the website is sluggish when pushing the "comments" button.

It would have been nice if Taken 3 were like Die Hard 3 - but yeah, January.

When I was a kid I loved the Paddington Bear books. I'm shocked an pleased if it turns out they didn't butcher the bear.

What is the deal about the dance? What did Marvel do this time?
 

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I really don't get the whole "dad's always right" angle. He's former-CIA and he's a concerned father. Of course he's going to have reservations about his daughter going anywhere without an escort. The fact that he's proven right is just grounds for making the movie in the first place. Would you be happier if this somehow balked "traditional gender roles" and the very real threat of human trafficking just so his daughter can return home safe and Famke Jannsen can turn to Liam after two hours of them playing chess just to go "HA!" And then a big splash of "VISIT EUROPE" tops off the film.

Because if so sign me up. Sounds like pure Oscar bait. I can't wait for part two where the family visits Turkey and then there's a quietly heated debate where the fathers of the bad guys from the first film (and the bad guys from the first one since they technically didn't do anything bad in your magical gender-equal version of Taken) meet Liam in traffic and Liam won't merge over. Then "VISIT TURKEY" appears on the screen and we all laugh.
 

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Yeah I don't get what Marvel did where they messed up either? What did they do?
 

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walsfeo said:
If the number of responses to your posts drop, it's because the website is sluggish when pushing the "comments" button.

It would have been nice if Taken 3 were like Die Hard 3 - but yeah, January.

When I was a kid I loved the Paddington Bear books. I'm shocked an pleased if it turns out they didn't butcher the bear.

What is the deal about the dance? What did Marvel do this time?
Bob's once again harping on Marvel and allowing Edgar Wright to split from the Ant-Man project, and hiring another director to finish it. Sounds like he already declared it Marvel's first big failure before it's released.
 

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I'm confused regarding his comments on Ant-Man at the end. Where did marvel screw up? All I've seen is the trailer and I thought it looked pretty good. The only comment I can think of is when they guy ask if it's to late to change the name.
 

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Lol, I love this review. It really shows how bitter Bob has become. I love the riffing on the first film which... is supposed to make the point that the women should have just listened to him, they should have "Taken" his advice? I don't buy that one bit. It's more a movie about a guy who sacrificed his relationship with his family to do his "dirty job" and for once that "dirty job" puts him into a position where he can then save his family. The second one was a pretty strait forward sequel with a direct link to first, though it was far less cathartic to watch. The third I'm going to see because "it's January" which actually means they aren't releasing much of anything at all and less that "it's total crap".

Also, you fell asleep in it... I can't help but feel you should not actually be reviewing it at all because your opinion is that it's still crap despite not having been conscious for the whole movie. If I fall asleep during a movie and then find the portion I do see not satisfying, I don't go around telling people it's a crap movie, I actually try to see the whole thing before I give my opinion. Journalistic integrity doesn't extend to your show all of the suddenly being about a first impression of a medium that first impressions are useless on.
 

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Darth_Payn said:
walsfeo said:
If the number of responses to your posts drop, it's because the website is sluggish when pushing the "comments" button.

It would have been nice if Taken 3 were like Die Hard 3 - but yeah, January.

When I was a kid I loved the Paddington Bear books. I'm shocked an pleased if it turns out they didn't butcher the bear.

What is the deal about the dance? What did Marvel do this time?
Bob's once again harping on Marvel and allowing Edgar Wright to split from the Ant-Man project, and hiring another director to finish it. Sounds like he already declared it Marvel's first big failure before it's released.
Oh, gotcha.

The commercial looked... alright, if not inspiring. I'll be there to see Ant Man on opening weekend, but I won't be terribly shocked if it is a bit of a hot mess. That would be a shame because if there was one franchise that could afford to pull an "iffy" movie, it'd be MCU. If the movie is less that what they think their fans would love just pull it and release digitally. Or give first viewing of it to ABC as a bribe to keep Agents of SHIELD on the air.

I don't think Ant Man will suck, but won't be all that shocked if it is seen as a misstep.
 

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And that's one diatribe too far. I'm hitting the ejection button and escaping from Escape To The Movies. There is just not enough fun in these videos to justify wading through all of the negativity. If people enjoy this then all the more power to them, but I'm out. Can anyone suggest a replacement?
 

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Baresark said:
Also, you fell asleep in it... I can't help but feel you should not actually be reviewing it at all because your opinion is that it's still crap despite not having been conscious for the whole movie. If I fall asleep during a movie and then find the portion I do see not satisfying, I don't go around telling people it's a crap movie, I actually try to see the whole thing before I give my opinion. Journalistic integrity doesn't extend to your show all of the suddenly being about a first impression of a medium that first impressions are useless on.
Disagree with you there. If a movie, specifically a balls-to-the-wall action movie such as this one, causes part of its audience to fall asleep in the movie theatre (and said audience doesn't happen to include my mother), that has to be an indictment of the movie on some level. Yeah, maybe the bit he slept through was the best, most engaging, and most profound piece of cinema since No Country for Old Men (unlikely), but the movie still can't get full points because IT PUT ITS AUDIENCE TO SLEEP. And if the rest of the movie is trash, the chance that the small part the audience slept through is good is rather slim.

OT: It's a completely superfluous third movie in a series that let's be completely honest, didn't even need a second. Did anyone actually expect it to be good?
 

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Darth_Payn said:
walsfeo said:
What is the deal about the dance? What did Marvel do this time?
Bob's once again harping on Marvel and allowing Edgar Wright to split from the Ant-Man project, and hiring another director to finish it. Sounds like he already declared it Marvel's first big failure before it's released.
They are setting the tone that you're not supposed to take this one as seriously (self deprecation, lamp-shading how silly the idea is, etc). Probably setting the expectations bar a bit low, ala Guardians. So if it succeeds, they do a victory lap. If it tanks, or is just mediocre, then nobody was really expecting anything from it anyway.

Their hedging their marketing bets in case the change in director backfires.
 

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Femke Janssen is turning into the female version of Sean Bean.

Great actress... but she just KEEPS DYING in practically every franchise I've seen her in.
 

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SnakeoilSage said:
Would you be happier if this somehow balked "traditional gender roles" and the very real threat of human trafficking
The very real threat of human trafficking that disproportionately targets poor, vulnerable immigrant women from Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America--basically anyone except rich, white American tourists 5 minutes after they get off their plane? Seriously, was the lothario who gave them a ride from the airport the dumbest human trafficker in France? Even if she didn't have a CIA superspy for a father, it was obvious someone with enough money to afford the ritziest apartment in Paris would be looking for her. Taken can also refer to the people who took this nonsense seriously.

It can be a fun action movie and still be a moronic reactionary power-fantasy for bitter, aging dudes who'd shit their pants if someone pulled a gun on them in real life. That defines most of the 80s action film canon in a nutshell.
 

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Falling asleep in the theater seems pretty appropriate to me - not a lot going on here.

I'm holding out for another sequel where they cross over with Fast and the Furious so we can all get Taken 4: A Ride.
 

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SnakeoilSage said:
I really don't get the whole "dad's always right" angle. He's former-CIA and he's a concerned father. Of course he's going to have reservations about his daughter going anywhere without an escort. The fact that he's proven right is just grounds for making the movie in the first place.
That last sentence doesn't really make sense. Yeah, a paranoid "I toldya so" macho father-knows-best fantasy is the basis of making the movie, and that's a bad thing. As someone else mentioned above me, rich white tourists are pretty much the people human traffickers avoid like the plague, because CNN goes DEFCON-1 whenever a pretty white American sniffles overseas. It's not a movie about the realistic danger of human trafficking, it's a transparent power fantasy for men who go apeshit whenever their daughters so much touch a boy without an interview.

The funny thing is Bob basically said that was fine, as most of the movie is just action, and it still holds up on those points and can be fun to watch.
 

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Paradoxrifts said:
And that's one diatribe too far. I'm hitting the ejection button and escaping from Escape To The Movies. There is just not enough fun in these videos to justify wading through all of the negativity. If people enjoy this then all the more power to them, but I'm out. Can anyone suggest a replacement?
Unfortunately, a lot of the similar reviewers that were ever good to begin with have all gone in the same direction these past few years. I gave up following Bob's Twitter long ago because he had turned into one of those too-liberal-for-their-own-good types, but his videos were still pretty good. Now, it's all just leaking into this and "The Big Picture", and I think I am out as well.