Taken 3.

Taken3

I went to see this film because it had Liam Neeson in it. And I was not disappointed with his performance but came away with the feeling that he was wasted in a film in the action genre. His acting talents are not on show as there is little scope for him to show them. But he does a great job of portraying a avenging husband and protective father.

I did not know that there were Taken 3 and Taken before this. I doubt very much that they were shown in India, unless they were during the time when I was preoccupied with my other major occupation earlier in this century. After seeing this I wanted to know about its earlier stories and find that only Taken 2 is available on DVD. I will watch it after I go through my backlog!

“It Ends Here” is the tagline for the posters for the film.  The concluding scenes clearly indicate that there will be a sequel!

Suffice it to say that I enjoyed the film, but because it is an action based one using once again the modern villain, the Russian Mafia, I cannot bring myself to give more than[rating=4] rating despite the great performance by Liam Neeson.

 

The Equalizer.

TheEqualizer

The attraction? Denzel Washington. The reason for going on a Weekend afternoon, a busy calendar the whole of next week for both my partner in crime Ramesh and me. And despite the higher cost of the tickets, both of us also wanted to exploit a sale offering “buy two get one free” from a shop that we patronise for garments in the mall that houses the multiplex. The offer is only for this weekend.

The reaction? Overall, a very satisfying afternoon. The film was good, I made some new friends at the theater and at the shop after the movie and Denzel did not disappoint.  Both Ramesh and I made some good purchases as well.

What is puzzling is the frequency with which the Russian Mafia as it is called now features in many English films and action novels.  Is it an all pervading presence in the USA and the UK today?  I ask because  the last two films that I saw had the Russian Mafia being tackled by the heroes, the last action novel that I read of Lee Child, Personal also features the Russian Mafia in London, and the last British made film that I saw Rocknrolla also featured them. It would appear that the Russians have now taken over from the Italians!

The story builds up nicely with just enough mystery to keep the viewer’s curiosity about the background of the hero alive till it all falls into place.  The action is fast paced and quite realistic considering the background of the hero and tight direction and editing makes it a worthwhile movie to watch.  Definitely a better film than just a popcorn movie.  I however hesitate to give it a full six star because of the length of the film.  It could have been lower with some unnecessary scenes cut out.  So, Denzel has to be satisfied with [rating=5].