Nelson Leader : January 29th 2015
10 THE NELSON LEADER, JANUARY 29, 2015 FEATURE MOVIE REVIEW – TAKEN 3 Ho-hum third Taken offering T Matt Lawrey’s MOVIE REVIEW here are many different ways to judge a movie but one of my favourites is something I like to thu 29thjan-Wed 4thFeb Wild chick Flick thu 6.35pm thu, Sat,tue,Wed 10.20am, 3.10, 6.35, 9pm; Fri,mon 10.20am, 3.10, 9pm; Sun 3.10, 6.35, 9pm • R16 - Sex scenes, nudity, drug use & offensive lang • 2hr 5min project almanac thu, Fri,mon, Wed 10.10am, 1pm, 6.40, 8.50pm; Sat,tue 10.10am, 1pm; 8.50pm; Sun 1pm, 6.40, 8.50pm • M • 1hr 56min mortdecai thu, Wed 11am, 3.50, 9pm; Fri,Sat,mon, tue 11am, 3.50, 6.40, 9pm; Sun 3.50, 9pm • M • 1hr 57min the WeddinGrinGer daily 3.50, 8.40pm • R13 Offensive lang, drug use & sexual themes • 1hr 50min american Sniper thu, Fri,Sat,mon, tue,Wed 1.10, 4pm, 6.10, 8.30pm; Sun 4pm, 6.10, 8.30pm • R16 • 2hr 22min taken 3 daily 1.40, 9pm • M • 1hr 59min 2d penGuinS oF madaGaScar daily 4.10pm • G • 1hr 42min 2d biG hero 6 daily 12.30pm • PG • 1hr 58min 2d the hobbit: battle oF the Five armieS thu, Fri,tue,Wed 10.10am, 6pm; Sat,mon 10.10am, 3pm, 6pm; Sun 12.25, 6pm • M - Violence • 2hr 40min paddinGton thu, Fri,Sat,mon, tue,Wed 10am, 2.05pm; Sun 2.05pm PG - Coarse language • 1hr 35min 3d FilmS 3d penGuinS oF madaGaScar daily 12.05pm G • 1hr 42min 3d biG hero 6 thu, Fri,Sat,mon, tue,Wed 10am PG - Low level violence 1hr 58min call ‘‘the toilet test’’. Obviously the direction, acting, cinematography, editing, writing, sound, casting, art design and lighting are important but, for me, one of the things that really determines the quality of a film is how much you’ll hang on if you have to go. One of the reasons The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (the David Fincher version) will always stay with me is that I spent the last 15 minutes of the film wrestling with the call of nature to the point that I feared I might actually pass out. That’s how much I loved that film. I doubt anyone has had a similar experience watching Taken 3 (M). In fact, the latest instalment in Liam Neeson’s ongoing revenge-fest is the sort of film you could easily pop out of for 20 minutes and not miss much. Seriously, you could go the loo, pay a *reuSeable 3d GlaSSeS $2.50* Still alice thu, Fri,Sat,mon, tue,Wed 11am, 1.20, 6.10, 8.40pm; Sun 1.20, 6.10, 8.40pm M - Offensive language • 1hr 50min unbroken thu, Fri,Sat,mon, tue,Wed 10am, 2.50, 5.45pm, 8.30pm Sun 2.50, 5.45, 8.30pm M - Violence • 2hr 37min mr turner thu, Fri,tue,Wed 10.40am, 3pm, 5.40pm; Sat,mon 10.40am, 5.40pm; Sun 3pm, 5.40pm M - Sex Scenes • 2hr 40min birdman daily 1.20, 6.10pm •R16 - Violence, sexual refs, offensive language & drug use • 2hr 9min the imitation Game daily 12.45, 3.20, 6pm, 8.40pm; M - Adult themes • 2hr 4min theWater diviner daily 4pm • M - Violence • 2hrs into theWoodS daily 12.25pm • PG • 2hr 15min www.statecinemas.co.nz movie info 548 8123 mortdecai thu 6.15pm; Fri,Sun 8.30pm; Sat,mon, Wed 6.20pm; tue 3.50pm M - Violence, sexual refs & offensive language 1hr 57min american Sniper thu 8.20pm; Fri 1.05pm; Sat 8.15pm; Sun 3.50pm; mon 1.45pm; tue 7.50pm; Wed 3.45pm R16 - Violence, offensive language & content may disturb • 2hr 22min unbroken thu 3.45pm; Fri 5.50pm; Sat 1.50pm; mon, Wed 8.15pm; tue 1.15pm M • 2hr 26min the Water diviner Sun 6.20pm • M • 2hr 5m the hobbit : battle oF the Five armieS tue 2d 10.30am; Wed 3d hFr 1pm M • 2hr 40min taken 3 thu 1.45pm; Sat 4.20pm; tue 5.50pm • M • 1hr 50min penGuinS oF madaGaScar thu, Sun, mon2d 10am; Sat 2d 12pm • G • 1hr 42min the imitation Game Fri 3.45pm; Sun 1.45pm; mon 4.15pm M • 2hrs biG hero 6 • 2d thu, Sun, mon 11.45am; Fri 11am; Sat 10am • PG • 1hr 55min Summer means eye protection By SAMANTHA GEE The importance of sun protection and Terms & Condions apply. Pick up & Drop off Service TAB Gaming Room Birthday Voucher Restaurant Darts Sporng Groups Pool Tables Garden Bar Jackpot Draws Cafe Poker Loyalty Points Live Entertainment 168 TAHUNANUI DRIVE, NELSON PH: 03 548 6815 6317141BX www.nelsonsuburbanclub.co.nz the use of sunscreen are common topics during summer but less attention is paid to the effects of sun exposure on our eyes. UV levels peak across New Zealand in the summer months and Nelson has reached nine or above on the UV Index (UVI) several times this month. Anything above eight is considered to be ‘very high’ to ‘extreme’ exposure. Harrington Eyecare optometrist Rich- ard Newson said given the high ratings, residents needed to protect their eyes from extreme levels of UV radiation which could cause the early onset of conditions such as macular degeneration and cataracts. Macular degeneration is one of the leading causes of blindness in New Zealand. It affects one in seven New Zealanders over the age of 50 and occurs when the central part of the retina degenerates. ‘‘People live in our region for the lifestyle, and many of them spend lots of there is a rating of between eight and 10, SPF 30+ should be reapplied every two hours, protective clothing and sunglasses worn and shade sought between 11am and 4pm. If the rating is 11 or higher, the risk of UV radiation is considered extreme and Sunsmart declare shade is essential between 11am and 4pm. Health Promotion Agency manager of Warning: High UV levels can damage our eyes, as well as our skin. time doing outdoor activities, which does expose them to the sun and UV radiation,’’ Newson said. He said those who spend a lot of time outside are particularly at risk but without adequate eyewear, everyone is at risk. The MetService website displays a sun protection alert for each city and town in New Zealand during daylight saving months that is based on the UV index rating. Information from Sunsmart said when sun safety Kath Blair said it is advisable to wear sunglasses that can offer 100 per cent UV radiation protection. ‘‘Not all glasses offer protection against UV radiation so it’s important to check the label for sun protection rating, also ensure they are close fitting and wrap around.’’ The Crizal Prevencia UV coating is a new technology that can be added to lenses for extra protection. It blocks UV rays and some blue light, which is emitted by the sun and artificial light sources including computers and smart phones. Too much blue light can have a harmful effect on the retinas of eyes and contribute to macular degeneration. few bills, register your dog, plan your next holiday and order a pizza without it being too much of a problem. In the first Taken, Neeson’s ex-CIA operative and one man army Bryan Mills battled evil Eastern Europeans after his daughter, Kim, was abducted in Paris. In Taken 2 it was Bryan himself and his exwife, Lenora, who were kidnapped in Turkey, again by pesky Eastern Europeans. This time the action stays in the US and no one get gets taken anywhere but Bryan does get set up by some evildoers, one or two of whom have suspiciously Eastern European accents. Famke Janssen and Maggie Grace reprise their roles as Lenora and Kim respectively. Dougray Scott also appears as Lenora’s husband and the eternally soulful and criminally under-employed Forest Whitaker plays a smart detective. On the plus side, Taken 3 features eyecatching opening credits, an appealing cast and one outstanding stunt (it’s in the trailer) but that’s about it. The plot is stock standard and the direction ranges from bombastic to boring. A big part of the problem is that it appears to have been edited by someone who went to work shortly after guzzling 50 litres of Fanta spiked with speed. I’m actually a fan of the in-your-face, smackbang school of action editing pioneered by the late Tony Scott and pretty much perfected by Paul Greengrass. Getting tired: Liam Neeson is back as Bryan Mills in Taken 3. Unfortunately Taken 3 helmer Oliver Megaton is no Scott or Greengrass and, as a result, what should be the best bits of Taken 3 are largely incomprehensible. Even the film’s big climax stunt is undersold. Acting-wise, Neeson reverts to the woodenness that defined his earlier career, which is a shame after his magnificent turn in 2011’s The Grey. Everyone else, with the exception of the always-excellent Whitaker, goes through the motions. The defining moment of the original Taken was the bit where, on the phone, Bryan calmly told his daughter’s kidnapper, ‘‘I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don’t have money, but what I do have is a very particular set of skills. Skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you, but if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you and I will kill you.’’ It was one of those surprisingly effec- tive bits of writing, coupled with the perfect delivery by Neeson, that defined the film, went on to claim a spot in popular culture, and arguably made the franchise possible. Needless to say, nothing anywhere near as good takes place in Taken 3. ➤BOTTOMLINE ⁄22 You’d be better off seeing American Sniper.★★1 (out of five). Also screening: Big Hero 6 (PG). Our kids think it’s one of the best films ever made.
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