A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The hero is a supreme problem-solver who uses his head and the resources at his disposal. But he lives in a world where bad things continue to happen and violence is usually the only solution. The movie presents vigilantism as justified.
Positive Role Models
The main character is resourceful, tough, brave, kind, and a problem solver who loves his daughter. But when bad things happen, he seems less hesitant than ever about resorting to violence.
Violence & Scariness
Violence is mostly bloodless but nearly constant. Shooting, fighting, chasing in cars, explosions, and deaths. A main character dies. Kidnapping. A fight in a liquor store with breaking bottles. Beating with rifles. A man held at gunpoint grabs the gun, pushes it into his own mouth, and pulls the trigger. A man is tortured via waterboarding. Brief flashback to war, with shooting and throat-slicing. A man smacks a young woman in the face. Some minor bruises, cuts shown.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Kissing, including a woman who kisses her ex-husband even though she's still married to someone else. She says she "fantasizes about us." "Screwing" is mentioned. A gangster is shown in a bathtub with two bikini-clad women. A man is shown in underwear. A young woman is pregnant; a pregnancy test is shown.
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Infrequent language includes a few uses of "s--t." Also "a--hole," "goddamn," "jerk," "screwing," "scumbag," and it appears as if a use of "f--king" was dubbed over with "screwing" (the character's lips don't match the audio).
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters briefly smoke cigars. Gangsters are shown with nearby glasses of champagne. An unopened bottle of champagne is shown. Bad guys say, "Let's go get drunk."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Taken 3 is star Liam Neeson's "threequel" to the successful Taken and Taken 2. The violence is mainly bloodless, but there's a lot of it, including tons of shooting, fighting, guns, chasing, smashing cars, and explosions, plus some torture and war flashbacks. Main characters die, violence against women is shown, and a character being held at gunpoint grabs the gun, pushes it into mouth, and pulls the trigger. Language is infrequent, with a few uses of "s--t," "a--hole," "goddamn," etc. Kissing is shown, including a woman who kisses her ex-husband while she's still married to someone else. (She tells him she "fantasizes about us.") A man is shown with two bikini-clad women in a tub, and champagne and cigars are on display. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Neeson appears to have grown comfortable with Bryan Mills, wearing the character like a broken-in old pair of shoes -- but only when he's relating to other humans. When TAKEN 3's action scenes kick in, as they do at an increasing rate, the movie becomes sludge. The movements, angles, and editing turn everything into a jumble, and poor Neeson can't accomplish much of anything.
A nice addition to the series is Oscar-winner Whitaker as wise, clever police detective Franck Dotzler (maybe the next sequel could be about him?). But many of the other cast members appear to be stuck in their roles, as if either unsure of what to do next without giving away the many feeble plot twists, or very simply bored. Olivier Megaton (Taken 2) directs again, and from the movie's flagging energy level, it appears as if he, too, is ready to retire this series.
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