History repeats itself with predictably calamitous consequences in Olivier Megaton’s high-octane thriller Taken 3.
In previous films, former Special Forces operative Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) single-handedly brought down an Albanian human trafficking ring and its underworld offshoots.
As the film opens, Bryan is playing doting father to his grown-up daughter Kim (Maggie Grace), who is settling down with her boyfriend (Jonny Weston).
Ex-wife Lenore (Famke Janssen) continues to question her marriage to second husband, Stuart St John (Dougray Scott), and Bryan gives her a key to his flat if she needs to get away.
Soon after, Bryan returns home to find Lenore in his bed with her throat slit.
He’s the prime suspect and manages to escape local police so that he can call Kim and deliver the bad news about her mother.
Determined to clear his name and unmask the real culprit - tattooed kingpin Oleg Malankov (Sam Spruell) - Bryan goes on the run from the CIA, FBI and police led by Detective Franck Dotzler (Forest Whitaker).
Bryan risks everything to exact his bone-crunching brand of justice with the help of retired CIA pals Sam (Leland Orser), Bernie (David Warshofsky) and Casey (Jon Gries).
Taken 3 delivers a cacophonous conclusion to the franchise that has reinvented Neeson as a big-screen action star.
Megaton orchestrates the set pieces with brio, sacrificing plausibility at the altar of increasingly outlandish thrills and spills.
It is on at the Hollywood Plaza in Scarborough until Thursday January 15