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Taken 3 – Whatever it Takes: Movie Review

This article is published in Christian Media Magazine on 1/23/15

la_ca_1021_taken_3Liam Neeson is back on the big screen with the third movie in the ‘Taken’ sequel. He plays the part of a retired CIA operative, Bryan Mills, who is falsely accused of murdering his ex-wife right at the beginning of this movie. He uses his “special set of skills” to evade his own arrest while at the same time attempts to find the real killer and protect his daughter from the bad guys. The movie is full of fast-paced action as expected and is a tad too violent for kids. But if you are an action junkie, you would get your money’s worth. The invulnerability of a sexagenarian as he dodges bullets and walks away unscathed from a burning car is a little hard to believe at times. If you have seen the first two movies in the sequel, the plot in this movie will appear stale. But overall, it was an entertaining déjà vu.

This movie sequel depicts a concept that is undervalued in our western culture – the love of a father. A ‘single parent home’ more often than not implies a single mother rearing children. Perhaps, the many absent fathers are to be blamed for such an unfriendly attitude toward fatherhood. In spite of its exaggerated fictional nature, a sacrificial father who loves his family enough to constantly place himself in grave danger is admirable throughout this sequel. An analysis of the lack of fatherhood in American society is certainly outside the scope of this review but is it wishful thinking to assume that this movie may inspire someone to be a better father?

Talking of aggressive fatherly love, I am reminded of an ancient story where a father loved his children so much that he walked straight into his enemy’s stronghold to rescue his children. Rescue, he did. But only after dying a violent death. In dying, he conquered death itself. I am one of his children and so are you. And for such love, I am eternally thankful!

Editor’s note: This movie is rated Rated PG-13 by the MPAA for intense sequences of violence and action, and for brief strong language.

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