Taken 3

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Lots of vigilante violence in lifeless, sludgy sequel.
  • PG-13
  • 2015
  • 109 minutes

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 14 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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

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.

Sex

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.

Language

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).

Consumerism
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."

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byjoshua martinez January 11, 2015

15 and up.

this third sequel from the other taken movies this thriller movie taken 3 is a great action movie filled with intense violence stars with Liam Neeson good for... Continue reading
Parent of a 6 and 14 year old Written bysupermomma91 April 22, 2015

Taken 3

I'm gonna let my 14 year old see it. He can handle mature content and adult language.
Kid, 12 years old March 28, 2015

Taken 3

Taken 3 is pretty good for what you were given, You were given a movie worse than the first, better than the second, and action and language that your 11 year... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bybecca456 May 14, 2015

Awesome

The film was awesome. You were constantly on the edge of your seat, and Liam Neeson's acting was incredible. The only problem with it was the huge amount o... Continue reading

What's the story?

Poor Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) is in trouble again. He's getting along well with his daughter, Kim (Maggie Grace), and is slowly rebuilding a relationship with his ex-wife, Lenore (Famke Janssen). But then he receives a mysterious message from Lenore and arrives to find her murdered, with Bryan looking like the prime suspect. He must disappear, using his particular set of skills to find the real murderer -- and all the while a clever police detective (Forest Whitaker) is on his trail. Things get even worse when Bryan realizes that, in fact, Kim is in danger once again.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Taken 3's violence. How much is shown, and how much is kept off screen? How does that affect its impact? How does this installment compare to the other two in terms of violence?

  • How does the movie raise the stakes by placing Bryan's daughter in jeopardy? What's the emotional impact of that situation?

  • Talk about the ethical and moral lines that characters cross in the movie. Are Bryan's violent actions justified by the movie?

  • How are Europeans and Americans portrayed in the movie? Which characters are sympathetic? What are their goals?

Movie details

For kids who love action and thrillers

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