Taken 3 (2014)

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Ex-government operative Bryan Mills finds his life is shattered when he's falsely accused of a murder that hits close to home. As he's pursued by a savvy police inspector, Mills employs his particular set of skills to track the real killer and exact his unique brand of justice.

The 2014 action thriller film "Taken 3" is directed by Olivier Megaton and written by Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen. The movie is the third installation in the "Taken" franchise and marks the return of Liam Neeson as Bryan Mills, a previous CIA operative with a "really particular" set of abilities. Other returning cast members consist of Maggie Grace as Kim, Bryan's child, and Famke Janssen as Lenore, Bryan's ex-wife, with Forest Whitaker signing up with the cast as ruthless LAPD Inspector Franck Dotzler.

Plot Summary
In "Taken 3", Bryan finds himself in awful scenarios when Lenore is shockingly killed in his home, and he is framed for her death. Bryan quickly finds a conspiracy against him and goes on the run, using his customized skillset to avert the authorities while he tries to unearth the genuine perpetrators. Bryan's scenario is even more made complex by the fact that Lenore's existing other half, Stuart (Dougray Scott), has connections to a Russian mob boss, Oleg Malankov (Sam Spruell), leading Bryan to suspect him of being associated with the setup.

Main Cast and Characters
Liam Neeson provides another ensuring efficiency as Bryan Mills, the experienced previous operative who is both the hunter and the hunted. Maggie Grace depicts Kim, Bryan's daughter, who continues to be a vital character and psychological anchor in the series. Famke Janssen reprises her role as Lenore, Bryan's ex-wife, whose terrible death triggers the sequence of events in the film. Dougray Scott handles the role of Stuart, Lenore's hubby, who has dubious ties and suspicious activities that lead Bryan on his quest for revenge. Joining the cast is the talented Forest Whitaker as Inspector Franck Dotzler, the dogged investigator following the trail of turmoil left by Bryan.

Action and Thriller Elements
Packed with chases, escapes, hand-to-hand battle, and explosions, "Taken 3" provides lots of thrills for action film fans. Bryan's desperate efforts to remain an action ahead of the authorities, find the genuine killers, and secure his daughter contribute to the strength of the plot. Bryan's 'particular set of abilities' is on complete display screen as he solitarily takes on the LAPD and a hazardous mobster.

Ending and Wrap-Up
The film concludes with a face-off in between Bryan and Malankov. After a dramatic exchange, Bryan kills Malankov and proves his innocence to Inspector Dotzler. In the last scenes, Bryan meets Stuart, who admits to having actually arranged Lenore's murder to protect his stopping working service. Bryan leaves Stuart for the authorities and lastly reunites with his daughter, Kim.

General Impressions
"Taken 3" uses another round of extreme, action-packed sequences including Liam Neeson in his signature function as Bryan Mills. While the story might seem familiar, the weaves keep the audience engaged. Its sound and editing, paired with the strong performances from both the lead and supporting cast, make this film a decent finale to the "Taken" trilogy.

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