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    'Taken 3' Is Coming...To Take Your Money

    Every time I actually think the movie-going public is going to finally flip the bird to Hollywood when a bad sequel to a good film comes out, my hopes are smashed quicker than Lindsay Lohan getting behind the wheel of a car (I dunno).

    No, I did not see Taken 2.  All I had to do was look at Rotten Tomatoes and see the film is currently sitting at 20%...20 friggin %.  I think Terminator Salvation did better than that.

    And no, don't say, "Well the movie made $50 million this weekend so it must be good."  No.  The movie made $50 million this weekend because no one likes to listen to critics, even when they're telling you to stop walking towards the edge of the cliff.  I will all but guarantee Taken 2 will drop big time next weekend, 60% plus.  Why you say?  Because word will get out that 'it's not very good.'

    That's not stopping 20th Century Fox from making plans to steal your hard earned money though.

    Taken 2 writer Robert Mark Kamen has all but confirmed that a Taken 3 is now in the works:

    "We didn't start talking about [Taken 3] until we saw the numbers, but then we said, 'Oh, okay. I think we should do a third one.' And Fox wants us to do a third one.  We've taken everyone we can take — it's going to go in another direction. Should be interesting."

    Translation: if people actually bought that crap, we can do even worse on the next and probably still make money.

    Why Liam, why? 

    Oh wait, money.


    Reader Comments (1)

    Honestly John, I find this story to be kind of snobbish. You admit to not seeing the movie and say that you know it is bad because critics say so and then imply people are too stupid to listen to the all knowing critics.

    Taken 2 was never going to be successful with critics, just as the original wasn't. But it doesn't have to be. The audiences enjoy it because it is fun. Not everything has to be high art. Taken 2, like Taken was one of the most fun experiences I have ever had at the theater. It is admittedly weakly plotted nonsense, but it is also an adrenaline packed thrill ride in which the audience can actually invest in because Liam Neeson makes a very likable and relatable lead character. Taken 2 may not be high art, but it is a fun movie and I say bring on Taken 3.

    10-11-2012 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

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