TAKEN 3

"Making Children Our First Priority"

Quality: Content: -2 "EXTREME CAUTION"
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Summary:

TAKEN 3 follows Bryan Mills, an ex-government operative, who is accused of murdering his former wife, Lenora, and now must fight to prove his innocence while protecting his daughter’s life. After a slow start, TAKEN 3 becomes an exciting thriller with strong moral values and brief and overt Christian, biblical references, but there is some foul language, lots of intense action violence and other brief content, making TAKEN 3 a movie for mature viewers only.

Review:

TAKEN 3 is the anticipated, action-packed third installment of the TAKEN franchise. TAKEN 3 is an exciting thriller with a strong moral worldview and positive Christian, biblical references in one scene.
The story follows Bryan Mills, a government spy accused of murdering his former wife, Lenore. As he is tracked and pursued by Detective Frank Dotzler and the LAPD, Bryan again brings out his particular set of skills in order to discover the actual killer and clear his name. Bryan escapes police custody a couple times. When the bad guys threaten his daughter, Kim, Bryan goes into hyper-drive, with help from his spy friends.
After a slow start (the script seems to take too long to get to the first major plot point), TAKEN 3 really takes off. It may not be a great movie, but it is definitely entertaining, exciting and puts viewers on the edge of their seats. It’s lots of fun seeing how the hero will survive so many close calls, outwitting his opponents while protecting his daughter and avoiding the police.
TAKEN 3 has a very strong moral worldview stressing justice and protecting children. In one great, single line of dialogue, the hero shows that his first priority is to protect his daughter. TAKEN 3 also has a Christian funeral scene where the clergyman quotes Psalm 23 about the LORD being our shepherd and speaks in the Name of the Holy Trinity, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. TAKEN 3 has some foul language, however. Also, the hero’s daughter is living with her boyfriend apparently and has become pregnant, but the pregnancy has a positive outcome, despite a brief line about “choice.” Finally, TAKEN 3 has lots of almost constant, intense action violence, but the violence doesn’t get gory or very bloody, though it is very intense at times. It also involves the hero evading the police and conducting his own investigation using violent means.
All in all, therefore, TAKEN 3 warrants strong caution. It’s definitely a movie for mature viewers (see the above CONTENT section as well as our review).

Content:

(BBB, CC, Fe, LL, VV, N, A, M) Very strong moral worldview supporting justice, protecting children and making children our first priority with a strong, overt funeral scene with a Christian clergyman conducting the ceremony in the Name of the Holy Trinity, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and citing Psalm 23, “the LORD is my shepherd,” but there is a slightly feminist statement about honoring unwed pregnant mother and father’s “choice,” but the unmarried couple does choose life; there are seven obscenities (mainly using the “s” word) and three or four GDs; lots of strong action violence with very little blood, including a large gunfight against a villain’s stronghold, a smaller gunfight during a fight with three or four men in a convenience store, man framed for murder evades police by running, fighting and driving a police car during a chase scene with car crashes and flying vehicles, man finds his ex wife murdered in his place and is framed for the murder, hand-to-hand combat, villains push man’s car off a cliff but he survives, and hero trying to protect his daughter’s life waterboards a man with a cloth and a small jug of water three times to get him to talk; no explicit sex scenes, but villain appears in a hot tub indoors with two bikini-clad girls, hero’s daughter is apparently living with her boyfriend, and she’s pregnant, and the protagonist and his former wife, who happens to be married but is having some kind of trouble with her husband, share a kiss, but he breaks it off saying she must straighten out her relationship with her current husband first; upper male nudity in one scene where villains wears only his underwear during shootout; brief alcohol use; no smoking or drugs, but hero gives his daughter a drink to make her nauseous so he can secretly meet with her without alerting the police who have bugged her jacket; and, lying, kidnapping, man is framed for murder, and hero evades police to clear his name, get the bad guys and make sure his daughter is protected.

In Brief:

TAKEN 3 is the action-packed third installment of a popular franchise. It follows Bryan Mills, an ex-government spy, who’s accused of murdering his former wife, Lenora. As he is pursued by Detective Frank Dotzler and the LAPD, Bryan must evade the police so he can clear his name, find the culprit and protect his daughter’s life. Bryan escapes police custody several times. When the bad guys threaten his daughter, Kim, Bryan goes into hyper-drive, getting help from his spy friends.
After a slow start, TAKEN 3 takes off. It’s lots of fun seeing how the hero will survive so many close calls, outwitting his opponents while avoiding police capture and protecting his daughter. At one point, a single line of dialogue shows the hero’s first priority is to protect her life. There’s also a nice Christian funeral scene where a clergyman refers to Psalm 23 and mentions the Name of the Holy Trinity. That said, TAKEN 3 has some foul language, lots of intense action violence and a couple other brief concerns. So, TAKEN 3 is definitely a movie for mature viewers.