Finding something to watch has been challenging lately. It seems like I’m spending more time picking something to watch rather than watching something. There’s so much stuff out there. I don’t have a lot of time to invest anymore in watching a show but movies are too short. You only get a snippet of its potential. When I worked in an office I would spend my lunch break getting caught up with my favorite shows. One episode a day, takes the sorrows away. Now that I work out of my home, I can’t spend an hour watching a show one episode at a time. I’m either still working, actually eating, or picking up the kids from school. There goes my hour.
I give myself two options. First one, it’s got to be simple enough that I can enjoy it without it requiring my full attention. I’ve got other stuff to do while I’m not working. I can’t just sit there and give it my all. The second is, it’s got to be so good that I’m completely enthralled and I don’t feel guilty spending my weekend on a binge.
I simply ran out of things to watch. Nothing shouted out, “Watch me! Watch me!” Equally, nothing stood out as being incomplex. I’d read over the synopsis and discover it would require too much brain power. I’m sorry, I just can’t commit. It’s not you, it’s me.
I couldn’t find anything on Hulu so I went to Netflix and decided on Taken. It fit the criteria of being the ‘meh’ kinda of show to watch. It didn’t have too many episode to commit to. Only 10. It’s probably a shoot em up, special forces type show and Luc Besson executive produced so it’ll most likely stay close to the original content. I’m down. I’ll watch it.
It almost always happens this way. The movie, show or book that I think is the ‘meh’ thing that I settle on would be the very thing that I really get into. It keeps life fun and full of surprises.
I won’t spoil it too much but it’s an origins story of young Bryan Mills and how he acquired a particular set of skills. He’s played by Clive Standen, the Viking Rollo! I’m not caught up with Vikings so I don’t know what happens to his character. I’m guessing if Clive’s got his own show then, Rollo is no more.
Bryan and his younger sister are on a train going home. He easily recognizes trouble when two obviously suspicious men enter their traincar. One man immediately sits down and the other keeps walking a bit further before he sits. Bryan instructs his sister to get up calmly and start walking toward the other side of the train. When he calls her name, to get down or get going. I can’t remember which. As he tackles one of the men, guns fires and oh no! Baby sis gets shot and killed in the crossfire.
Turns out it wasn’t random. She was the target. Why? Do you really need to ask? Revenge! Bryan killed some Mexican drug lord’s son during one of his missions and that drug lord wanted Bryan to know what it feels like to lose a loved one. Classic! Now you understand my selection.
Then, a secret US government agency run by Jennifer Beals (Flashdance) uses Bryan to capture the drug lord only Bryan doesn’t know it. He allows himself to be taken by the drug lord’s men so he can get his revenge. As you would have guessed by now, he’s denied revenge. The agency captures the drug lord and recruits Bryan. Yasss! As you would expect. I enjoyed very much.
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