If there's one thing I can't stand, it's uninspired, run of the mill movie sequels. Movies that are made just to make a quick dollar by the studios. If you're not familiar with this trend, allow me to explain. When a movie does quite well at the boxoffice, the studios behind the film try and push a rushed sequel. Their logic is if people enjoyed it the first time, then they'll go see the followup. Now there's a big difference between sequels that are inspired and add to the story (Terminator 2, The Godfather Part II) and those that don't (Terminator 3, The Godfather Part III).
Unfortunately one of the more recent franchises to follow this trend of bland commercial sequels are the Taken movies starring Liam Neeson. Granted I actually liked the first Taken for what it was; a revenge-thriller shoot-em-up. But as soon as the studio heads realized it made money they were quick to pump out Taken 2, a complete rehash of the first movie to an certain extent. Now they have drained the franchise of any creativity with the third installment. A movie so boring that I almost fell asleep. The plot is unoriginal and cliche. I could have came up with a better story than the absurd one in this movie. The actors seem to realize the story is drab, as they monotonously move through the motions during scenes. Especially uninspired is Neeson, who looks bored even when he's running from drones of cops. I would say avoid this movie at all costs. The only silver lining here is that I didn't pay to see it.
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