‘3 Days’ another ridiculous action film

Posted March 24, 2014


Ridiculous action movies are the new Hollywood trend and “3 Days to Kill” with Kevin Costner is not the exception.

Costner plays the part of a veteran CIA agent, Ethan Renner, completing his cliché “last mission” that would allow him be a better father to his teenage daughter (Hailee Steinfeld).

He hadn’t had contact with her for the past 10 years after he decided to get a divorce to protect her and his wife (Connie Nielsen) from his dangerous lifestyle.

But it gets worse! Costner’s mission impossible of course had a mix of  everything. From hunting down the world’s most terrifying terrorisst, Wolf and Albino, to fighting his way through Paris to find an experimental drug that will cure his brain cancer.

Yes, brain cancer! And I know you are asking yourself how is he going to fight anyone if he is sick? Wait and see.

The handler, Vivi Delay (Amber Heard), is the “Charlie” of the mission and the provider of the drug. She injected Costner to give him a boost, and as a  side effect, it gave him “super hero high.” Of course this was needed, taking in consideration that Costner is not a young looking fellow. In fact, the stylists even committed the crime of dressing him like a businessman, far from being an action hero.

Delay is the only exciting character in the movie; her strong and sensual personality gives a hint of spice and excitement. She plays a coldblooded spy in a variety of wigs and provocative costumes that make her a femme fatale driving a speed car.

On the other hand, Costner’s daughter and estranged wife play the overwhelming victims that don’t even produce pity, their characters are so cliché and boring is not even worth developing their lack of personality.

These types of dramas have been played over and over on theaters and, apparently, aren’t going to leave the market. At least audiences know what they are in for, or do they?  The trailer of  “3 Days to Kill” showed a much more promising film.

We all know it’s a tradition for spies to shoot their way through a cities, but using Paris as setting was definitely not the best choice.  Just think about this, Paris is the city of love isn’t it? And this plot has nothing of true love, its just unidentifiable, we don’t even know if it’s an action movie or a comedy. It is completely incoherent.

But there is a reason for this. When movie producer Luc Besson, maker of “Taken,” and director Joseph McGinty Nicho, commonly known as McG of “Charlie’s Angels,” came together,  the product was going to be a monstrous Frankenstein experimental film.

“3 Days to Kill” is a leftover of their previous movies. They should just be grateful for the existence of the CIA for being the subject of this terrifying movie and thank their editors for a great trailer.

  • Film title: “3 Days to Kill”
  • Release date: February 21, 2014
  • Distributor: Relativity Media
  • Lead actors: Kevin Costner, Amber Heard, Connie Nielsen and Hailee Steinfeld
  • Director: Joseph McGinty Nichol
  • Run time: 117 minutes
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Rating: *