3 Days To Kill [Blu-ray and Digital HD]
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In this heart pounding action-thriller, Kevin Costner is a dangerous international spy, who is determined to give up his high stakes life to finally build a closer relationship with his estranged wife and daughter, whom he's previously kept at arm's length to keep out of danger. But first, he must complete one last mission- even if it means juggling the two toughest assignments yet: hunting down the world's most ruthless terrorist and looking after his teenage daughter for the first time in ten years, while his wife is out of town.
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like Jack Nicholson and Bruce Dern, and that is a sincere compliment to all three actors! Well, the script of this film is a hodge-podge. We get the sentimentality of a father-adolescent daughter relationship; the artificiality of the estranged wife who still swoons for her absentee husband; the deadly, invincible
special agent, who doesn't look at all physically fit. But whoever this film asks him to - father, husband, killer - Costner pulls it off with both drama and humor (sometimes simultaneously!). I think part of his success as an actor is his fleetness and mercurial charm. He moves so swiftly in terms of characterization you just are convinced. I'm not saying his body moves fast. Actually the script makes him quite clumsy. I mean his expressions and gestures, the way he listens when someone else is talking, or the way he speaks suddenly from the heart - he can be an amazingly subtle actor and he is always completely persuasive. This film may have a poor script but it has Kevin Costner's charisma on display, and that is surprisingly is enough for me to say I enjoyed it.
3 Days to Kill pushes the limits of credibility to an absurd degree on virtually every level. It tries very hard to be funny and there are indeed several moments that had me smiling. But it is so corny and sappy overall that it is just flat out annoying most of the time. Our hero, Kevin Costner, is an international bad-ass capable of killing entire roomfuls of bad guys and yet is a complete idiot when it comes to his own daughter. Of course, that is the supposedly entire point of this movie and, of course, we've seen this kind of device many times in other movies.
In addition, on top of all of the goofiness, I found the beautiful Amber Heard’s performance as the CIA agent in charge of running Costner so poorly acted and annoying that I was really kind of hoping for her demise by the end. Instead, her obnoxious character was turned into a kind of Santa Claus. I suppose that was done in order to try to convey the idea that she was not such a completely self-obsessed jerk after all. I’ve seen really good actors in many bad movies who even then usually try their best to bring something real to their character, but Heard apparently lacks the kind of acting chops needed to bring her character to life beyond this phony, cartoon stereotype she portrays, so she comes across as nothing more than an all-knowing, all-seeing, self-inflated bitch from hell. I’m sure the director had something to do with this, but still, I would think a decent actor could manage to find something to rise beyond this smug, ugly character she portrays.
And while I’m at it, the need to throw a family of house squatters into an already ridiculous situation almost appears as a desperate shotgun attempt to introduce yet another element into the story which has absolutely no relevance to the main story. It is yet one more sentimental contrivance, I suppose, to convey the essential underlying “humanity” and fundamental “goodness” of this CIA killer.
I managed to watch this turkey all the way through without turning it off. It had at least that much going for it. But in the end, I’d wished that I hadn’t bothered to stay with it. It simply wasn’t worth my time.
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