Movie Review: 3 Days to Kill


Director: McG

Writer:  Luc Besson

Actors: Kevin Costner, Hailee Steinfeld, Connie Nielsen, Amber Heard

Ethan Renner (Kevin Costner) works for the Agency.  Well works is a little blasé Renner is point of fact a specialist in wet work when he is at work somebody is going to die.

Only now that somebody is going to be Renner.  Renner has brain cancer and it has spread to his lungs.  The CIA doctors give him less than a year to live saying that he won’t live to Christmas.  And with that Renner is cut lose no more use to the Agency.

Renner decides that for what remain of his life he is going to try to reconcile with his family.  He has pushed them away trying to keep secret the job that he does for the agency and so he goes back home to his apartment  in Paris.  Only to find t Luc Bessonhat it has been taken over by African squatters in his absence.  Being told by a Parisian government official that he can’t kick them out of the apartment until after the winter months he confines them to a certain group of rooms threating them if they come into the rooms he lives.  Then he goes and finds his family.

After meeting up with his ex-wife and telling her of his condition she reluctantly allows him back into their lives.  However, while this is going on a member of the Agency is coming to make a deal with him.  Vivi Delay (Amber Heard) knows that from the last job Renner did he saw the Wolf a dangerous arms dealer that the CIA has tried to eliminate. But he didn’t realize who the Wolf was. Vivi offers Renner an experimental treatment that might extend his life.  The catch is that he must kill the Wolf and those people associated with him.  Renner  agrees to this and so for the next three days he travels all over Paris trying to find the Wolf.

To complicate this Renner finds that he must take care of his daughter while his wife travels to London.  Zooey (Hailee Steinfeld) is a handful who has problems at school and lies in order that she may go out partying.  Oh did I mention the hallucinations?  Yes the side effect of the cancer medicine is hallucinations and heart palpitations that can only be cured by drinking alcohol.  So while experiencing hallucinations Renner must keep his daughter out of trouble, find a vicious arms dealer and live through it. 

This is an okay film, Costner seems tired, playing this role he doesn’t have the same intensity as say Liam Neeson in the first Taken.  But there is comedic moments in the movie that for my opinion saves the movie.  This usually involves Kostner trying to do his job when his daughter calls and interrupts him in the middle of an interrogation/torture session.  The only person I really disliked was Amber Heard in this film.  She plays the élite assassin Vivi Delay as a psychotic dominatrix.  And frankly why must strong women characters be portrayed as sexual deviants?  Would the CIA really hire someone with those characteristics?

A lot of violence, some sexual scenes including an attempted rape puts this into the 18 and over group for me.  I’m giving this film 3 stars out of 5.

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