Review: The Next Three Days (2010)

The Next Three days is a thriller film starring Russell Crowe (State of Play) and Elizabeth Banks (W.). The film is directed by Paul Haggis (Crash and In The Valley of Elah). The Next Three Days is a remake of Pour Elle, a 2007 french film.

The basic plot outline of the film is Lara Brennan (Elizabeth Banks) is arrested and accused of the murder of her Boss. Lara gets sent to jail with no evidence proving her innocence leaving John Brennan (Russell Crowe) to raise their son Luke on his own. John then becomes obsessed in the idea and plan to break Lara out from jail when he realises she’s not going to be released from jail.

I liked the premise and idea of the film which makes a great Thriller story. However what was a good idea didn’t turn into that good a film. It’s starts off promising but then gets muddled up and somewhat confusing with implausible scenarios, even for a film. I thought it was unnecessary to use Liam Neeson for 10 minute scene if that since he doesn’t add anything to the scene, would of been better using a smaller actor. The film gets a lost as well with some unusual pacing at times and its way to long. The original film is 95 minutes whereas this remake is 122 minutes, thats 27 minutes of added boredom, frustration and confusion. I’m giving the film 3/5.

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