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The Next Three Days
What if you had 72 hours to save everything you live for?
A married couple's life is turned upside down when the wife is accused of a murder. Lara Brennan is arrested for murdering her boss with whom she had an argument. It seems she was seen leaving the scene of the crime and her fingerprints were on the murder weapon. Her husband, John would spend the next few years trying to get her released, but there's no evidence that negates the evidence against her. And when the strain of being separated from her family, especially her son, gets to her, John decides to break her out. So he does a lot of research to find a way.
Fairly solid thriller from director Paul Haggis, this is a remake of the 2008 French film Pour Elle. Normally I always try and watch the original first but I've broken my rule here.
Russell Crowe plays a school teacher whos wife is arrested for the murder of a colleague. The evidence all points to her and she is sent to prison for life. Her husband maintains she is innocent and when all hopes of getting her out legally are exhausted, he decides to break her out and puts together a masterplan.
A pretty solid film if I'm being honest, and seems to be fairly highly rated judging by the reviews. Interestingly it has a higher rating on imdb than the…
I am unhappy when I don't have much to write about a film, but I blame movies like The Next Three Days for lulling me into such a sense of boredom that I just don't care to even think about them.
I want to say that I hated everything about this film, but that wouldn't be accurate. I think it would be better put if said that I was apathetic towards everything in this film. I didn't care about the story (which is terrible), I didn't care about the characters (which are one note), and the Paul Haggis' directing is so vanilla that literally anyone could have directed this film and done just as good of a job.
Russell Crowe for some will always be Ridley Scott's Maximus Decimus Meridius. For me he shook off that hard-man image a long time ago with more complex and rewarding roles that showed a more rounded side to his skills as an actor.
The Next Three Days is a Paul Haggis film that was a minor box-office hit that pitted a vulnerable and emotional Crowe against a system that had incarcerated his wife for murder. A victim of coincidences she maintains her innocence but fights a losing battle for freedom. As their lives fall apart Crowe's schoolteacher plans an audacious escape attempt to reunite his fractured family. With some small roles for the likes of Brian Dennehy,Olivia Wilde and a real…
The Next Three Days is a somewhat mediocre thriller by Paul Haggis, director of Crash (which I couldn't even finish) and In the Valley of Elah (which is definitely better than this one). When a man's wife is accused of murder, he's convinced of her innocence. But when all evidence suggest that she's guilty, he decides to break her out and flee the country with their young son.
Russel Crowe does a pretty good job, and carries the movie well. Other than that it's a run-of-the-mill, average Hollywood thriller, where a regular guy suddenly becomes a master vigilante because he's desperate. The character isn't very well written, but his motives are obviously clear, and we do sympathize with him.
If your spouse was locked up for a crime you were convinced they didn't commit, and you believed you could break them out, would you do it? That's the central moral question at the heart of The Next Three Days, Paul Haggis' remake of Fred Cavaye & Guillaume Lemans' French thriller Pour Elle (Anything For Her), and a film you always feel has loftier aspirations than its reach ends up grasping. Russell Crowe almost feels neutered in the lead role of John Brennan, the mild mannered college professor in Pittsburgh whose life ends up being destroyed when wife Lara is jailed for murdering a work colleague, leaving him to take care of their young son. You sense almost that despite Haggis'…
It's well-paced and knows how tension works (at least in principal) but The Next Three Days is severely lacking in the emotional investment it needs to keep the audience, well, "invested". Disappointing on re-watch.
Top notch performances by Russell Crowe and Elisabeth Banks make this thriller a pleasant surprise.
I wish the movie would have had more courage in the end but it failed to go into inconvenient territory. But I can highly recommend it anyway. It will captivate you from beginning to end. This might have been a masterpiece with the right adjustments.
+stellar performance from Russell Crowe
+the guy who plays the young kid does good work too (surprisingly)
+some unexpecting twists
+my darling Olivia Wilde in a supporting role
+Elisabeth Banks, I love you!
+strong characters throughout
-sadly I didn't like the ending that much
-too much by the book.
-sometimes the actions taken are not that believable
-the movie didn't venture into uncomfortable territory which is its biggest mistake.
I really have to check youtube on how I get my favourite ice-cream for free.
It's like this movie was designed entirely around denying the audience any kind of satisfaction.
Pacing is awful and the whole thing seems more fitting for a made for TV movie.
At one point I thought they might salvage it with a reveal that the wife actually did it, no such luck.
Important note: This is yet another reposted review. In this review I make reference to an LJ user called 'fabfunk'. This is actually the LJ account of movie critic Gabe Toro. Gabe Toro's old LJ with that list in two parts is still up, though re-posting this review here I've just seen some very upsetting news about this particular online critic. I'm not the only one who considers this a shock.... Click here if you are interested in reading my feelings on this issue.
There was free preview screening of this movie, but I was a little apprehensive because Fabfunk placed this on his worst movies of the year list. Then again, he also put Monsters on the same…
Ziemlich öde. Schauspieler nicht schlecht. Bilder nicht schlecht. Aber die Story ist so ein Quatsch. Alles nicht schlimm aber nix was irgendwie in Erinnerung bleibt.
Fraquinho e clichezento....
It may have been the kettle corn and coffee, but I was jazzed through this whole affair. I rooted and leaned forward and Haggis directed the shit out of a fairly simple thriller. Minimal action. High intensity. With more emotional beats than expected.
This film is so good!?? And has a really good soundtrack
Yes, this movie is a little long for a thriller, but my gosh, does Paul Haggis know how to direct or what. He does a great job in telling story of the family. It's a very approachable feel to it, so it feels like I'm watching the story of your everyday regular parents rather than an actual movie starring celebrities... That probably doesn't make any sense, but I enjoyed this movie more than I thought I would.
It's long for a dramatic thriller, and I think some of the scenes with Olivia Wilde and the son Luke in the first half of the movie could be cut out, but it's still a good movie.
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