With what I just described, there's plenty of action, drama, and some humor to go along with a pretty entertaining mix of genres that I just was willing to ride along with. The character actors are great. Is she moonlighting at the Red Light District? This is more like a James Bond movie mixed with regular guy. Kevin Costner is great as a man who has spent too much time on work and not enough time on his personal life. I was glad that Kevin Costner got a lead action role and I thought he was pretty solid despite the weak character he was given. I am not a big Kevin Costner fan, but I think this is one of his best performances.
He had a smaller action role at the beginning of the year in Jack Ryan where he was also solid. They also mention to Vivi that they have an agent on the ground named Ethan Kevin Costner whose only mission is to take down The Albino. Connie Nielsen was great but her character was lost in the background. It's what he have come to expect from Luc Besson over the past years, some strong actions scenes but poorly written dialogues. Sometimes we just want to get out of the house during a long winter and be taken away from all this. Right after he arrives in Paris, Vivi shows up with an experimental drug that could save his life with the only condition that he finish the job by hunting down The Wolf and The Albino.
The Daughter, played by Hailee Steinfeld, is excellent. I see people complain about the subplots but they are what make the movie fun. The players I mentioned were good enough for this. Something clearly got lost in the shuffle because we shouldn't be laughing during what are meant to be tense, action sequences nor should we be scratching our heads after a joke is uttered unless we know from the start what type of movie this is. They are about the willing suspension of disbelief. Or is it an action thriller where the aging Rambo goes after the not-so-mysterious-after-all generic terrorists named The Albino and The Wolf? Is the film supposed to be a raucous comedy where the bumbling action hero dad goes through every tired cliche of bonding with his hormone-raging teenage daughter? The film then focuses on Ethan as he is getting the job done, but all of a sudden one of the agents is compromised and things get out of control.
Costner was in fine form as an American cowboy the reference is thrown around numerous times throughout the film but he is completely upstaged by the young Hailee Steinfeld who, given her age, is easily able to tap into an honest teenager's feelings of insecurity and resentment. Did they work separately and then staple their two different scripts together? So far, so good, right? In order to spend more time with his family, he accepts, but balancing out work and family proves to be a very difficult task. Your guess is as good as mine. It will be a great loss to the screen if she goes into directing like she wants. Is she a double agent working with the bad guys? He always had trouble balancing work with family and that eventually led to him losing them, but with only a few months to live he wants to make amends.
The vague ending sort of leaves room just a small ray of light for a sequel so I guess if enough people love it the writers can get to work and start stapling up the next script. Really, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this. Amber Heard fits her role very well. The cast was quite solid with Hailee Steinfeld also delivering, but my major issue had to do with the repetitive storyline and the way the final third of the film played out. Not a miss among them. So on that note, I recommend 3 Days to Kill. Ethan saves the day but just as he is about to capture his target he suffers a blackout and wakes up in a hospital where he is told that he has cancer and only a few months to live.
What else can a sick and retired Jack Bauer-esque type man do at such a low point in his life? The chase scenes are good with out going over the top. Only you can stop him. The only positive thing about 3 Days to Kill were the action scenes and Kevin Costner's star power. That is something most of us can relate too. There were only a couple of times where the movie goes to big explosive special effects that take away from the story. At least the main cast knew what time it was and brought their A game. .
Luc Besson has directed some of my favorite films, but as a screenwriter he hasn't had much success with his latest films. Oh, and his apartment is inhabited by squatters who he legally can't kick out until the spring. No one has actually seen him before, but his associate, The Albino Tomas Lemarquis is supposedly going to meet up with him at an international hotel. He might not be as menacing as Liam Neeson, but he is very charismatic. Absolutely none so off the screen she goes and she doesn't come back until the climax. He has also decided to reacquaint with his estranged wife, Connie Nielsen, and teen daughter, Hailee Steinfeld, in Paris.
Reconnect with your ex-wife and estranged teenage daughter before you kick the bucket. Well, it would have been had the film focused on picking its tone instead of Amber Heard's next crotch shot. When his ex leaves town for work for 3 days, Costner's character has time to spend, or kill, with his daughter hence the movie title's pun. Watching her grow as an actress will be an amazing thing to see in the next couple of years. He decides to spend his last months in Paris where his ex-wife, Tina Connie Nielsen , and his teenage daughter, Zooey Hailee Steinfeld live.