I mean there are a lot of things that you could say go right in a movie, but isn’t it so much more fun to say what went wrong?
Taken 3 came out in cinemas last week, and promised more of the winning formula used in the Taken franchise – a scary and scarily gifted Liam Neeson, guns, explosions, guns, bad guys, a scary Liam Neeson…bringing us to the all important question.
Why is it that people still have not learned to take Liam Neeson’s things? I mean, this guy has been a Jedi Master, Aslan, Brian Mills and God (because let’s be honest, no one ever remembers that the character on the screen isn’t Liam Neeson. Sure, it’s not the name they’re calling him in the movie, but…that’s our Liam). Isn’t it about time someone took him seriously?
What was wrong with Taken 3? I’ll start with the first most obvious problem – there’s a Taken 3. Why is it that we are still doing sequels and/or adaptations of books (The Fault In Our Stars, The Hunger Games, Divergent…) and/or reboots (Star Wars, Terminator, Total Recall…)? And you know what, I bet they SAY it’s going to be the last Taken, but I doubt it. They’re going to get his daughter or his nephew or something to play the lead in the next Taken coz our Liam is old. Just wait and see.
Speaking of age, I find it hard to believe that old Liam could pull off all those moves at his level of physical fitness, much like Denzel in The Equalizer (can you believe he’s 60??!!) or Daniel Craig in Skyfall. When you watch the movie, there is a point he is running, jumping over things, the usual, and you can see his ka-kitambi over his sweatpants…I don’t think he’s the most believable badass in the books, but do we love him anyway? Yes.
The action, for me, was too quick to watch, much like (ugh) Transformers. Sometimes I didn’t know exactly who was getting beaten up, or blown up. Simple is sometimes better, no? At some point he is chasing the bad guys on a cliff but you don’t really understand how he got to the bad guys in the first place…because of the blurriness in the scene before.
Other than that, the plot was simple and straightforward, not trying to be anything bigger or deeper than a movie about a guy who loves his family and would kill for them, with a couple of death-defying stunts on the side. So a total score minus the gravity of the flaws gives Taken 3 a strong 6 out of 10, for me.
You? Think there’ll be a full on Taken franchise so it becomes a series like Fast and Furious? Is this really the end? Will Liam live to kill another guy? Let us know in the comment section below.
Live long and prosper.
MJX 2017 VOLUME 2 | Sign Up for the Cosplay Showcase!
ABOUT THE COSPLAY SHOWCASE! AT MJX NOVEMBER
NOTE: It’s going to be fun! Whether you want to make a new costume, use a previous one, (or borrow) you are encouraged to do what’s best for you, and most importantly, have fun and meet fellow cosplayers.
Why Sign Up? This will help us properly plan the segment not only for you, but for the other cosplayers. Our first Cosplay Showcase! was during our first Cosplay Community Kenya #CosComKE Workshop in February 4th, 2017.
What will happen:
You will get to strut your stuff, show off your costume and props. Each registered participant will have a few moments to tell the audience something brief about their costume and why they picked the character they did… and do a lil’ something-something for the crowd, that’s reminiscent of their character. Easy-peezy, right?
Discounted event ticket price for all registered cosplayers. Secondly, on-location professional photography for all registered Cosplayers. Later, a select number of cosplayers (5 from each day) will be picked for an exclusive special professional cosplay photography shoot in studio the following week. The images from this studio shoot will be edited into composites, looking really cool and ‘wow!’. These images will look like they’ve been taken from the world of movies, anime, comic books that the you got your inspiration from! Visual examples below:
MJX 2017 VOLUME 2 | Justice League, Gaming, Cosplay and More! Come Together
The Movie Jabber Expo, or MJX abbreviated, is a multi-entertainment convention featuring movie screenings, gaming, local and international comic books, merchandise, cosplay, and so much more. MJX is owned and organized by Movie Jabber. This year’s second event is themed around Justice League.
They can’t save the world alone and you can’t have fun alone. It’s convention time, again! Join us on Saturday 18th and Sunday 18th November for this year’s volume two of MJX. A ticket allows you to experience one JUSTICE LEAGUE screening in IMAX 3D, video gaming, access to comic books and more within the exhibition area. And of course a chance to cosplay and enjoy the services of a professional photographer on hand purely for the cosplayers!
MJX EVENT DETAILS
Event: The Movie Jabber Expo aka MJX
November Dates: Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th
Venue: Century IMAX on 1st Floor, at Garden City Mall, Thika Road Highway, Exit 7.
Time:10am – 7pm
One Day Access: 500Kshs. per day
Season Ticket: 800Kshs.
Ticket Pricing ONLY FOR Registered Cosplayers in full Costume:
(Payment at the Gate, in costume before receiving entry tags)
One Day Access: 300Kshs.
Season Ticket: 500Kshs.
What a Ticket Gives you Access To:
Once you have purchased your ticket you will get to experience the below:
1). Justice League IMAX 3D screening (one per day), 3D Glasses sold separately.
2). Gaming in the Gam’R Zone, 1st Floor Parking: get to experience, play and try out different new releases of the year.
3). Audience member for the in-cinema Gam’R Tournament in VIP Screen 2
4). Access to Exhibitor Zone, where you will get to purchase comic books, merch, fan memorabilia etc
5). Be part of the Cosplay Showcase.
6). Be part of or witness the battle of supreme fan knowledge going down in the Squad Showdown segment.
1). JUSTICE LEAGUE SCREENINGS
There will be three MJX screenings of Justice League on each day. Regardless of what ticket bundle you buy, you will be entitled to one screening per day of the film, in IMAX 3D, at no extra cost. Any additional screenings, or screenings outside of the MJX schedule will be at an extra cost. 3D glasses, popcorn and soda sold separately. Children under 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult always.
2). COSPLAY SHOWCASE vs CASUAL COSPLAY
Can you cosplay at MJX? Yes you can! There are two ways to cosplay at MJX and both are welcome.
Cosplay Showcase: You can sign-up in advance (SIGN UP HERE) to showcase your cosplay by enjoying a brief moment in the spotlight on the main stage where you can show off your outfit, talk a little bit about your choice of costume and act out a signature stance, movement or action of the character you are cosplaying as. Cosplayers going the extra mile to showcase get to enjoy a discounted ticket price (NOTE: payment at the gate and in full costume) and free professional photography on both days of the event. But only if you register in advance before the deadline, Wednesday Nov 15th, hurry!
Casual Cosplay: is for those who want to cosplay, but be part of the crowd without having to showcase. You are totally welcome to do this, but please take note you will not be given access to free professional photography at the photography booths and you will pay the full ticket price.
3). GAM’R IN-CINEMA TOURNAMENT
Movie Jabber’s premiere gaming tournament held in cinema at this month’s MJX (Movie Jabber Expo). The mathematics of the equation are unbeatable: the excitement of gaming plus the massive cinema screen size for high impact visuals plus Atmos surround sound, equals one heck of an exhilarating experience! Are you game?
18 contestants on each day will battle it out through pool stages for supreme bragging rights and the ultimate gamer’s gift hamper to take home after mercilessly pummeling their opponents in the highly acclaimed INJUSTICE 2 on Saturday and TEKKEN 7 on Sunday. You must pre-register before the deadline to be a contestant. Don’t forget to purchase a ticket to the event at the desk or online here. Free t-shirts for every contestant, courtesy of Britania, and yes, you can sign up for both!
4). SQUAD SHOWDOWN!
Do you take some pride in your vast and accurate knowledge of all things pop culture? From movies, to TV shows, anime and manga? Care to put your money where your mouth is, put together a team and face off in the Squad Showdown segment and walk away with 12,000KSHS. cash bounty? If so, then sign up your team right now by sending the following details to firstname.lastname@example.org:
a. Team Name
b. Team Members (strictly 3. Not less nor more)
c. Team Leader and key contact person’s name and mobile number.
Schedule will be out soon!