Directed by: McG
Starring: Kevin Costner, Amber Heard, Hailee Steinfeld and Connie Nielsen
Runtime: 1 hour 57 minutes
Release Date: February 21, 2014
|Costner gets his next target from his mysterious handler.|
His latest film, 3 Days to Kill is no different. Costner fits comfortably into the role of an aging government secret agent with a bad attitude who happens to also be an ex-husband/father who is desperately trying to rekindle his relationship with his estranged wife (Connie Nielsen) and daughter (Hailee Steinfeld). After discovering a fatal illness that only gives him a couple months to live, he decides to use his final days to ingratiate himself back into the lives of both his ex-wife and daughter. But when a mysterious and beautiful woman (Amber Heard) shows up at his doorstep and offers him a miracle drug to save his life in exchange for some last minute mercenary work he finds himself trying to balance time with his family and time to kill anything and everything he can to obtain his life ether.
|Costner gets in some much needed father/daughter time.|
Keeping the balance though is whenever we see him return home to his ex-wife and daughter where we are quickly reminded why he is doing the things he is being instructed to do. In some ways getting in close with his family proves to be more difficult for the former killer than sneaking into a building and killing everyone in it. That juxtaposition helps ground the film and Costner's killer in a reality desperately needed to counter all the outlandish and well executed action sequences.
With this being a Luc Besson production it is all pretty slick looking as well. The action is often very big and very loud but it never stumbles into the oh so dreaded I-can't-tell-what's-going-on action arena of filmmaking. Even more surprising is that director McG, who is responsible for such action catastrophes as the Charlie's Angels films and the awful Terminator Salvation, is able to keep the action grounded and gives the film a sharper edge which as a result makes the standard action sequences (car chases, shootouts) sort of exhilarating
Going into 3 Days to Kill I wasn't expecting much beyond some silly action with maybe Kevin Costner bitch slapping a few people around and constantly groaning about it. To say I came away from it pleasantly surprised though would be fairly accurate. While it won't set the world on fire, Costner and action/comedy fans should enjoy it enough to make this one an easy recommendation for a harmless late afternoon viewing experience.