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