Take, if you will, a picture — or how
about several motion pictures stretching back all the way to 1990,
almost 25 years of pictures — from Frenchman Luc Besson. Take a close
look at those pictures and a theme emerges, a variation on a theme.
charts the collision course between former CIA operative Bryan Mills
(Liam Neeson) and Murad Krasniqi (Rade Serbedzjia). Krasniqi wants
revenge; Mills killed his son, but to be fair, he did so because
Krasniqi’s son had kidnapped Mills’ daughter.
The ever-capable Liam Neeson takes a well-earned payday as a retired CIA agent whose 17-year-old daughter is kidnapped by Albanian sex traffickers. Ham-fisted screenwriting over-establishes his desperation at winning his daughter's affection before he gets to use his specialized set of spy skills that will impose a hearty body count on his rescue and revenge quest around Paris. Grade C.