AWFJ Movie of the Week, Jan. 5-9: TAKEN 3

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Opening Jan. 9, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is Taken 3, the third – and apparently final – outing for ex-spy Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson), who this time must call upon his particular set of professional skills after he is wrongly accused of a brutal murder. Read on…

The first Taken film has become a modern action classic, cementing Neeson as a no-nonsense, take-no-prisoners hero who you can’t help but root for. And as this is directed by genre stalwart Oliver Megaton (Taken 2, Transporter 3), you can expect plenty of opportunity for Neeson to do what he does so well. Elsewhere, Famke Janssen and Maggie Grace are back as Bryan’s wife and daughter respectively, while Forest Whitaker and Dougray Scott are also on board for this adventure.

AWFJ Movie of the Week Panelists Comments:

Anne Brodie: Liam Neeson nails action like few others. His graceful moves and steely eyes aren’t for playtime and his motives are always based in nobility, despite the body count.  I’m anticipating Taken 3 will contribute to his late life action hero métier  – a reinvention – brilliantly.

Pam Grady: Liam Neeson promises to enliven the doldrums of January as he once more dons the persona of ex-spy Bryan Mills who takes on the United States’ entire security apparatus when he’s framed for murder in the action thriller Taken 3.

Film Details:

Title: Taken 3

Director: Olivier Megaton

Release Date: Jan. 9, 2014

Running Time: 125 minutes

Language: English

Shooting Location(s): New York

Principal Cast: Famke Janssen, Liam Neeson, Dougray Scott, Forest Whitaker, Maggie Grace, Leland Orser, Sam Spruell

Screenwriter: Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen

Production Company: Canal+, Ciné+, EuropaCorp, M6 Films

Distributor: 20th Century Fox

Official Website

Trailer

AWFJ Movie of the Week Panel Members: Nikki Baughan, Anne Brodie, Pam Grady, Leba Hertz, MaryAnn Johanson, Loren King, Cate Marquis, Katherine McLaughlin, Jennifer Merin, Nell Minow, Rebecca Murray, Kristy Puchko, Sheila Roberts, Sara Vizcarrando, and Jeanne Wolf.

Other Movies Opening the Week of Jan. 5-9, 2014:

Jan. 9
Beloved Sisters (NY, LA)
Black November
Let’s Kill Ward’s Wife (limited)
Predestination (limited)
Taken 3
The World Made Straight (limited)

Edited by Sandra Kraisirideja, AWFJ.org Associate Editor

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Nikki Baughan

Nikki Baughan is a London-based freelance film critic and features writer. Formerly editor of both Film Review and movieScope magazines, Nikki is currently contributes to various print and online publications, including Screen International, BFI, The List and Film Divider.