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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

Where Are the Women? Taken 3

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When a franchise is built around the concept of a man coming to the endless rescue of his wife and daughter, you cannot expect a feminist utopia.

BASIC REPRESENTATION SCORE: 0

[no significant representation of girls/women]

FEMALE AGENCY/POWER/AUTHORITY SCORE: -20

-5
Is there a woman who is kidnapped (either onscreen or off) whose kidnap motivates a male protagonist? [why this matters]
-5
Is there a woman who dies (either onscreen or off) whose death motivates a male protagonist? [why this matters]
-10
Is there more than one woman who is kidnapped and/or raped and/or murdered in order to motivate a male protagonist? [why this matters]

THE MALE GAZE SCORE: -5

-5
Is a woman or women used as decorative objects/set dressing? [why this matters]

GENDER/SEXUALITY SCORE: -8

-5
Is there a female character who is primarily defined by her emotional and/or sexual relationship with a man or men? [why this matters]


-3
Is a dead mother mentioned? [why this matters]

WILDCARD SCORE: 0

Is there anything either positive or negative in the film’s representation of women not already accounted for here? (points will vary)

No.

TOTAL SCORE: -33

IS THE FILM’S DIRECTOR FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)

IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)

BOTTOM LINE: This series has marked a low point for women’s representation on film in recent years, and this third outing is no exception. Perhaps the only surprising and slightly progressive thing is that Liam Neeson’s lady-avenging badass doesn’t freak out over incontrovertible evidence of his daughter’s existence as a sexual being.


Click here for the ongoing ranking of 2015’s films for female representation.

NOTE: This is not a “review” of Taken 3! It is simply an examination of how well or how poorly it represents women. (A movie that represents women well can still be a terrible film; a movie that represents women poorly can still be a great film.) Read my review of Taken 3.

See the full rating criteria. (Criteria that do not apply to this film have been deleted in this rating for maximum readability.)


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