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Ever notice how tough-guy
heroes in movies always speak in
Marlon Brando first surprised
and intrigued on Broadway in the
Forties with his quiet, realistic
mumble, and as a gangster-hero
in The Godfather, he made audi-
ences shiver with that voice like
poison cobwebs. Clint Eastwood
became famous for his squint and
scowl, as well as his growl, which
he perfected in Gran Torino in a
curmudgeon role that crackled like
a dry season bush fire.
Taking things down a peg or
two is throaty Jason Statham,
whose emotional range accelerates
from frown to scary frown, and
Bruce Willis, who in his Die Hard
career delivered his lines in some-
thing between a hangover drawl
and a weary croon.
Remember Christian Bale as
Batman rasping to Katie Holmes,
"It s not who I am underneath. It s
what I do that defines me ? Would
that have become the most mem-
orable line in the movie if he had
sucked on some lozenges before
Now Liam Neeson has cemented
his position as Professional Bad
Man in the Taken trilogy, which
requires an intense whisper to
deliver such chilly lines as, "I will
come for you. I will find you and
I will kill you.
Taken 3, which opened last
Wednesday, resembles The Fugitive
minus the one-armed man. Nee-
son, as Bryan Mills, is the new
nimble Kimble wrongly accused
of murdering the woman he loves.
Neeson has to keep one shoot-out
ahead of the police (Forest Whit-
taker is a cleverer, more sophisti-
cated and compulsive-obsessive
Inspector Gerard) while hunting
the real killer, who is so obvious
a creep that he is overlooked in
the beginning. The motive for the
frame-up is the famous standard
of money and jealousy, with a mild
suggestion of sex, because the three
have to go together.
The story might be old-fash-
ioned but who cares when there
are so many car chases and lots
of things get blown up. Also, Nee-
son performs MacGyver-type
escapes where he uses a paperclip
and matchstick or something
impossible like that to stay alive.
In the no-surprises category:
the bad guys have Russian accents
and tattoos; the police are over-
confident bumblers; and Neeson
has to wrestle with his conscience
when he finally has the killer in
Best line: when Neeson outwits
a policeman and takes his car from
him at gunpoint, the poor sheep
bleats, "This is going to end badly
for you. Neeson, drily: "Don t be
such a pessimist.
Stupidest bit that doesn t fit:
Neeson stumbles over a bloody
knife on the floor of his apartment,
and since he is a scary highly-
skilled covert operative, he picks
it up so he can be caught red-
handed with the murder weapon.
Beauty and the beast factor:
Famke Janssen as the slain ex-wife
is as beautiful as ever. Maggie
Grace (Neeson s daughter Kim
Mills) never combs her hair and
none of the men bother to shave.
Spoiler alert: The bagels hold
the clue to solving the crime. The
ending is almost cloying. But it
includes enough family issues and
the vague threat of revenge and
payback to hint at another instal-
ment in the franchise, despite the
billing of "It ends here.
Taken 4? Unless someone
changes the whispering-tough-
guy-rescues-family formula, I may
have to sit that one out.
Whisper to me at
Taken by the hoarse whisperer
dances with a fan
with Kes The Band
during the first of
the Eye Slam
2015 at Tzar
The concert series
is being hosted by
Slam 100.5FM and
will feature other
top soca acts
during the Carnival
Liam Neeson gives his best raspy
tones in Taken 3.
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