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Scream Queens

We take a look at the most popular movies and television shows online over the past week.

 

  1. Scream Queens (2015) – Emma Roberts, Skyler Samuels, Lea Michele, Glen Powell
  2. Black Mass (2015) – Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, Joel Edgerton
  3. Everest (2015) – Jason Clarke, Ang Phula Sherpa, Thomas M. Wright, Martin Henderson
  4. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015) – Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Giancarlo Esposito
  5. The Green Inferno (2013) – Lorenze Izzo, Ariel Levy, Aaron Burns, Kirby Bliss Blanton
  6. Blindspot (2015) – Kelly P. Williams, Sullivan Stapleton, Jamie Alexander, Rob Brown
  7. Gotham (2014) – Ben McKenzie, Jada Pinkett Smith, Donal Logue, Camren Bicondova
  8. Tomorrowland (2015) – George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Hugh Laurie, Raffey Cassidy
  9. Narcos (2015) – Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook, Pedro Pascal, Joanna Christie
  10. Game Of Thrones (2011) – Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey
  11. The Martian (2015) – Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara
  12. Fear The Walking Dead (2015) – Mercedes Mason, Ruben Blades, Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis
  13. Heroes Reborn (2015) – Jack Coleman, Gatlin Green, Ryan Guzman, Robbie Kay
  14. Limitless (2015) – Jake McDorman, Jennifer Carpenter, Hill Harper, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
  15. The Visit (2015) – Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, Deanna Dunagan, Peter McRobbie
  16. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) – Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz
  17. Sicario (2015) – Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Jon Bernthal
  18. The Walking Dead (2010) – Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Steven Yuen
  19. The Intern (2015) – Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Rene Russo, Anders Holm
  20. The Bastard Executioner (2015) – Lee Jones, Katey Sagal, Flora Spencer-Longhurst, Sam Spruell
  21. Stars Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015) – Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver
  22. Once Upon A Time (2011) – Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla, Josh Dallas
  23. How To Get Away With Murder (2014) – Billy Brown, Viola Davis, Alfred Eroch, Jack Flahee
  24. Empire (2015) – Terrence Howard, Taraj P. Henson, Jussie Smollett, Bryshere Y. Gray
  25. American Horror Story (2011) – Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Jessica Lange, Denis O’Hare

Black Mass

We take a look at the most popular movies and television shows online over the past week.

 

  1. Black Mass (2015) – Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, Joel Edgerton
  2. The Visit (2015) – Olivia Delonge, Ed Oxenbould, Deanna Dunagan, Peter McRobbie
  3. Narcos (2015) – Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook, Pedro Pascal, Joanna Christie
  4. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015) – Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Giancarlo Espositio
  5. The Jungle Book (2016) – Scarlett Johansson, Idris Elba, Neel Sethi, Bill Murray
  6. Everest (2015) – Jason Clarke, Ang Phula Sherpa, Thomas M. Wright, Martin Henderson
  7. The Bastard Executioner (2015) – Lee Jones, Katey Sagal, Flora Spencer-Longhurst, Sam Spruell
  8. Fear The Walking Dead (2015) – Mercedes Mason, Ruben Blades, Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis
  9. Krampus (2015) – Adam Scott, Toni Collette, Allison Tolman, Emjay Anthony
  10. Games Of Thrones (2011) – Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinkalge, Kit Harington, Lean Headey
  11. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) – Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz
  12. American Horror Story (2011) – Evan Peters Sarah Paulson, Jessica Lange, Denis O’Hare
  13. The Walking Dead (2010) – Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Steven Yuen
  14. Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015) – Robert Downey Jnr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth
  15. Straight Outta Compton (2015) – O’Shea Jackson Jnr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Neil Brown Jnr.
  16. Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015) – Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver
  17. The Martian (2015) – Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara
  18. Mr. Robot (2015) – Rami Malek, Christian Slater, Portia Doubleday, Carly Chaikin
  19. Legend (2015) – Tom Hardy, Emily Browning, Taron Egerton, Paul Anderson
  20. The Perfect Guy (2015) – Sanaa lathan, Michael Ealy, Morris Chestnut, L. Scott Caldwell
  21. Supernatural (2005) – Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beaver, Misha Collins
  22. Sicario (2015) – Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Jon Bernthal
  23. Once Upon A Time (2011) – Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Marrilla, Josh Dallas
  24. Southpaw (2015) – Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, Oona Laurence, Forest Whitaker
  25. Arrow (2012) – Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Susanna Thompson

Taken 3

Summary: Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) is back, not because someone has been taken but instead because he has been framed for the murder of his wife, Lenny (Famke Janssen). Not only does he want revenge but he also needs to find a way to clear his name.

Bryan soon finds that the only people who believe that he is innocent are his former CIA crew and his daughter, Kim (Maggie Grace). Worse still it seems like a dogged and determined cop, Franck Dotzler (Forest Whitaker) is determined to see Bryan go down for the crime.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 8th January, 2015

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Olivier Megaton

Screenwriter: Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen

Cast: Reuven Avi (Officer Parker), Judi Beecher (Claire), Andrew Borba (Clarence), Dylan Bruno (Smith), Alex Disdier (Steward Austin), Maggie Grace (Kim), Jon Gries (Casey), Don Harvey (Garcia), Andrew Howard (Maxim), Famke Janssen (Lenore), Stefanie Kleine, Dale Liner (Officer Bernard), John Mansion (Bart), Liam Neeson (Bryan Mills), Leland Orser (Sam), Jimmy Palumbo (Brooks), Al Sapienza (Detective Johnson), Dougray Scott (Stuart St. John), Philip J. Silvera (Officer Ramsey), Sam Spruell (Oleg Malankov), Jonny Weston, Forest Whitaker (Franck Dotzler), Derrick Worsley (Officer Edwards)

Runtime: 109 mins

Classification: M

 

OUR TAKEN 3 REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

David Griffiths:

The original Taken film, that surfaced in 2008, was rightfully labelled as one of the best action films to ever be made. It was tightly directed by Pierre Morel who did a great job creating a stylised yet believable action classic while announcing that award-winning actor Liam Neeson was a more-than-worthy action hero, ironic when you consider that Neeson had previously turned down the role of James Bond by saying he never wanted to be in an action film. The one of things that quickly gained Taken a legion of fans though was the fact that it had something that action film buffs had been craving for quite a long time… brutality.

Then came Taken 2 directed by French director Olivier Megaton, a film that was so eagerly received by fans of the original film due to the fact that it was heavily edited in a bid to try and soften the violence and asked the audience to suspend their belief just a little too far. Now comes Taken 3 which again sees Megaton at the helm and the result is an entertaining but completely over the top action film that could potentially have fans of the first film really cringing.

The biggest fault with Taken 3 is that the film’s believability goes out the window very early on. If the fact that Bryan could never have been blamed for Lenny’s death due to the fact that he would have had an alibi to place him away from the scene of the murder isn’t enough to make the audience groan then Taken fans will be completely surprised when they discover that this time around Bryan is no longer just simply a man with a special skill set, somehow in this film they are expected to believe that he has suddenly become super-human. Yes suddenly Bryan has the ability to survive explosions and incidents as if he is some kind of immortal… it just doesn’t work within the realm of this franchise. Plus the audience is also expected to believe that a large amount of collateral damage deaths of innocent bystanders (for those that have seen the film think back to the freeway) is justifiable became one man wants revenge for his wife’s death and to clear his name… it’s just not something that is going to sit right with most people.

Then there are also the faults with the filmmaking and screenwriting themselves. Megaton delivers fast paced action that seems to have been learnt from the Michael Bay School of Filmmaking, lots of quick camera shots and movement that seem to hamper the film more than making it easy to watch, add that to the fact that the screenwriting is just lazy and you have a recipe for disaster. The screenwriter seems to have thrown all matter of Police procedure out the window while making any character that isn’t Bryan or his family into a one-dimensional walking cliché. Yes this is one of those crime thrillers with buffoon cops with the same personality trait and incompetence everywhere you turn.

The weak screenplay certainly affects the performance of Forest Whitaker who is held back by the fact that he seems to be playing the same OCD suffering, obsessive cop that he played while chasing Vic Mackie in The Shield. To a cinema fan it is actually sad to see such a talented actor, like Whitaker, wasting his talents playing such a cliché. The rest of the cast seems to suffer as well. As usual Liam Neeson steps up to the plate as the action hero, but he like his on-screen daughter, Maggie Grace, seems to just breeze through most of the film’s so-called dramatic scenes with complete ease.

The other piece of strange casting in Taken 3 that will potentially annoy true Taken fans is the casting of Dougray Scott as Stuart St. John… Lenny’s husband. Not only does he play another cliché… this time the token bad guy, but looks a hell of a lot younger than the original Stuart (played by Xander Berkeley) that we saw in the original film.

Strangely though despite all its weaknesses Taken 3 isn’t a dull watch. If you like car chases and explosions this film will be entertaining enough for you from start to finish. But if you’re looking for an action film with substance, like the first film was, then give this film a wide berth because substance and believability are just things that aren’t in Megaton’s film-making repetiteur.

 

Stars(2.5)

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5):  Stars(2.5)

 

IMDB Rating: Taken 3 (2014) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment Taken 3 reviews: You can also read our review on The Book The Film The T-Shirt.

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