I don’t know anyone who actually paid to see Taken 2, but those who actually reviewed it (including ourselves) were not kind. I’d like to think Liam Neeson gives a thought or two to what critics are saying about his work — even though it wouldn’t account for several recent career choices — but 20th Century Fox couldn’t give less of a hoot if the movie’s a hit. Since Olivier Megaton and team just earned more than twice the original’s opening weekend haul, it’s safe to say things went well.
Are you following the pattern? During an interview with our friends at Hollywood.com, screenwriter (and frequent Luc Besson collaborator) Mark Kamen confirmed, in so many words, that (surprise!) Taken 3 is on its way. Although he claims such an idea didn’t hit until Taken 2‘s box office numbers started rolling in — a statement I’d cast under some mighty serious doubt — here do the writing pair and Fox stand.
So early is this development, though, that something about the plot can’t be discussed in-depth, save for the promise that Taken 3 will “go in another direction” from what came before and, in turn, “[s]hould be interesting.” I’ll hold my breath for an “interesting” second sequel to Taken, if you’ll allow me to be so frank, but that’s the promise from a man right at its center.
Is Taken 3 something you’d even want to see?
Since any New York City cinephile has an almost suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not [...]
One of the most highly anticipated films of the Cannes Film Festivals was unveiled this morning to a divisive response, Nicolas Winding Refn‘s Only God Forgives. As we said in our review, “set amidst an underground Muay Thai boxing club and glowing with hellish red lights from countless brothels, the mood and style is more [...]
With this year’s Cannes Film Festival halfway done, one of the clear highlights is Coens‘ 1960′s-set folk music tale Inside Llewyn Davis. Profiling a down on his luck musician (Oscar Isaac), whose natural talent indicates he is destined for success, the film is a vivid portrait of what it means to be a starving artist. In [...]
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