TAK3N)is a 2014 French action thriller film directed by Olivier Megaton and written by Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen . It is the third and final installment in theTakentrilogy , and the sequel to the 2008 filmTakenand the 2012 filmTaken 2. The film stars Liam Neeson , Forest Whittaker , Maggie Grace , and Famke Janssen .
began on 29 March 2014, in Los Angeles . In North America, 20th Century Fox released the film on 9 January 2015.The film was released in France on 21 January 2015. Despite being largely panned by critics, the film was a box office success, grossing over $325 million.
Former covert operative, Bryan Mills, visits his daughter Kim, who just discovered she's pregnant, at her L.A. apartment to deliver an early birthday gift. After an awkward visit, he invites his ex-wife, Lenore, to dinner. Although she refused the invitation, she shows up at his apartment revealing her distress over marital problems with her current husband, Stuart, and confesses she affectionately fantasizes of Bryan, who suggests they refrain until her marriage is resolved. Later, Stuart asks Bryan to stay away from Lenore as they attempt to reconcile. Bryan awkwardly agrees.
The following day, Bryan receives a text from Lenore asking to meet him for breakfast and bagels. Bryan agrees, returns from the bagel store, to his apartment, and discovers her lifeless body in his bedroom. LAPD units immediately appear, based on an anonymous 911 call, and try to arrest Bryan, who resists and eventually escapes through a large garage floor drain into the public drainage system. Meanwhile, LAPD Inspector Frank Dotzler quickly becomes familiar with Bryan's background and organizes a citywide manhunt.
Bryan retreats to a prepared safe-house nicknamed 'the rabbit hole' that is equipped with weapons and surveillance electronics. He retraces Lenore's travels to a remote gas station-convenience store and finds surveillance footage of her abduction into a van by unidentified men with unique hand tattoos. LAPD detectives arrive at the gas station and arrest him. While in-transit, Bryan frees himself, commandeers and hijacks the police cruiser, escapes, and downloads the phone records from LAPD's investigation database
He contacts Kim at Lenore's funeral via his former covert co-workers and friends instructing her to maintain her 'daily routine'. She purchases her daily yogurt drink which is marked 'Drink Me Now' She ends up feeling nauseous in class, and runs to the restroom where Mills is waiting and surprises her (he had put a nauseating drug in the drink, and now gave her an antidote). Bryan removes a surveillance bug that, unknown to her, was planted by Dotzler. He tells her that he is looking for the real murderer and that she should keep safe. She reveals her pregnancy, and mentions Stuart is acting scared and hired bodyguards which he never has done before.
Bryan tails Stuart's car but is ambushed and pursued by another SUV, and his car is pushed over the edge of a cliff. He survives the crash, hijacks a ride, follows the attackers to a roadside liquor store and kills them. Bryan then abducts and interrogates Stuart, who reveals his failure to repay a debt to a former business partner and ex-Spetsnaz operative named Oleg Malankov was the reason why Lenore was killed and he revealed Bryan's identity to Malankov out of jealousy.
With assistance from his old teammates and a nervous Stuart, Bryan gains entry to Malankov's heavily secured penthouse. After killing the guards, a furious gun battle, and brutal fight, a mortally wounded Malankov reveals that Stuart tricked them both. He planned Lenore's murder and framed Bryan as part of a business deal to collect on a $12M insurance policy. When Malankov failed to kill Mills, Stuart used Bryan to kill Malankov and remove all threats. Meanwhile, Stuart shoots Bryan's ally, Sam, and abducts Kim, intending to flee with the money. Under police pursuit, Bryan arrives at the airport in Malankov's Porsche as Stuart's plane is taxiing toward takeoff. After colliding with the plane, Bryan overpowers Stuart and prepares to kill him but pauses at Kim's pleas. He informs Stuart to expect final punishment if he escapes justice or completes a reduced prison sentence. Dotzler and the LAPD arrive to arrest Stuart.
Afterwards, Kim and her boyfriend tell Bryan if their unborn baby is a girl, they choose to name her 'Lenore'. Bryan approves and says, 'She'd like that very much.'