The original Taken was probably one of the biggest Pleasant Surprises in recent memory. The slightly offensive but completely badass film saw the birth of Liam Neeson as an aged action star, and I’m so freaking okay with that. Seriously, Taken is amazing.
Taken 2 is not. In fact, I’d go so far as to say it’s one of the Worst Sequels in recent memory. Everything that Taken did right, its sequel did wrong, and its sequel did nothing to fix any of the not-perfect parts of the original. And that really should have been the end of it. But where there’s a paycheck, there’s a way, and so Taken 3 is happening, and as evidence of it, Fox has just released the weirdest trailer I have ever seen for an American movie. “The 12 Skills of Christmas”? Really?