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3 Days to Kill

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3 Days to Kill
  • Genre: Suspense/Thriller
  • Release Date: 2014-02-21 Nationwide
  • Running Time: 117 min.
  • Director: McG
  • Cast: Kevin Costner, Amber Heard, Hailee Steinfeld, Connie Nielsen, Eriq Ebounay, Richard Sammel, Tómas Lemarquis, Rupert Wynne-James, Scott Burn, Lamont Thompson
  • Producers: Luc Besson, Virginie Besson-Silla, Adi Hasak, Ryan Kavanaugh
  • Writers: Luc Besson, Adi Hasak
  • Distributor: Relativity Media
  • Official Site: 3 Days to Kill Official Site

In 1990, the same year that Kevin Costner released the massive global hit Dances with Wolves, a curious thing happened in France. The name Kevin became the country's most popular for new babies, a Gaelic moniker edging out national stalwarts like Antoine and Jules. Imagine if everyone in America suddenly named their son Pierre. It makes sense, then, that Costner's latest, 3 Days to Kill, takes place in Paris. Costner plays Ethan Renner, a worn-out CIA assassin who's spent his life hunting baddies with comic book names like The Albino and The Wolf. Before the credits, Costner kills a half-dozen people and is then diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, as if fate feels it must balance the score to appease the widows of the deceased. The movie is a singular mess, at once a drama about a man confronting his pending death, a romance about reconciling with his ex, a comedy about his clueless attempts to connect with his daughter, and a sci-fi action flick where a leather-corset-clad Amber Heard pops up with an expensive experimental cancer treatment she's willing to give him if he comes out of retirement to torture and kill another dozen or so crooks. Director McG wouldn't know the definition of coherence if Charlie's Angels grabbed his attention by wearing hot pants and then defined it for him slowly. The movie doesn't work. But Costner does -- he's almost a throwback to John Wayne and Jimmy Cagney, talents who did some of their best work simply trying to rise above the material.

Amy Nicholson

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