Image Credit: Disney
Forgot password
Enter the email address you used when you joined and we'll send you instructions to reset your password.
If you used Apple or Google to create your account, this process will create a password for your existing account.
This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.
Reset password instructions sent. If you have an account with us, you will receive an email within a few minutes.
Something went wrong. Try again or contact support if the problem persists.
taken 3
via EuropaCorp

A soul-crushing threequel that neutered a neck-snapping franchise waters down the streaming ranks

Weirdly, people weren't interested in a franchise that had its biggest selling point taken away.

Not to state the obvious, but the only reason for watering down an R-rated franchise into bloodless PG-13 fun for all the family is to make as much money as possible, but things didn’t exactly go according to plan for the third installments in both The Expendables and Taken franchises.

Recommended Videos

Coincidentally, both of them rank as the worst-reviewed of their respective trios by far, while Liam Neeson’s third outing as throat-puncher extraordinaire Bryan Mills ended up earning $50 million less at the box office than its immediate predecessor, because stripping away the promise of seeing the grizzled badass utilize his particular set of skills in the most violent fashion possible killed a lot of interest in the threequel.

taken 3

Matters weren’t helped by the fact Taken 3 sucked hard, with a 13 percent Rotten Tomatoes score exactly what it deserved. Cutting away at the last second and editing every action sequence to within an inch of its life is never a recipe for top-tier cinema, and it ended up marking an ignominious exit for the character that kicked off Neeson’s reinvention as a late-career action icon.

As bad as it may be, Mills’ final rampage of revenge has proven that it’s still got some life left on streaming, after it scratched and clawed its way onto the most-watched charts of both iTunes and Rakuten this weekend, per FlixPatrol. We’d have much rather seen Taken 3 send the old dog out in a blaze of glory, but instead we ended up with a shockingly substandard and neutered imitation of what people actually wanted to see.


We Got This Covered is supported by our audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a small affiliate commission. Learn more about our Affiliate Policy
Author
Image of Scott Campbell
Scott Campbell
News, reviews, interviews. To paraphrase Keanu Reeves; Words. Lots of words.