Sunday, February 6, 2011

The Next Three Days Review

The Next Three Days, directed by Paul Haggis is the remake of the 2007 French thriller Pour Elle (Anything For Her) and stars Russell Crowe and Elizabeth Banks. The movies follows Crowe's character as he devises a plan to break his wife out of jail after she is charged with the murder of her boss. From beginning to end this movie had the suspense necessary to keep the audience intrigued. From the elaborate planning of the escape to the actual execution of it, The Next Three Days pulled just the right amount of strings. This is the type of film that makes you want to root for the bad guy and in a way that's a good thing.

Crowe meets up with an ex-con played by Liam Neeson, which just worked on so many levels who tells him what do to in order to make a successful escape after escaping prison several times before himself. He then begins to meticulously plan every step of the escape while also caring for his son who is having a hard time dealing with the mother's incarceration. The Next Three Days constantly leads you in one direction then later on pulls you in another and films that leave you on the edge of your seat guessing wildly like that are better overall for it.

The Next Three Days with it's acting and storyline alone is a movie worth seeing. The plot is both consistent and believable which is refreshing given the state of films nowadays. Doing whatever it takes to save someone you love is what most would do but the lengths in which Crowe had to result to ultimately changed who he is. You see that as the film goes on and just before the credits role you can tell Crowe realizes that as well. I'm hard pressed to compare this movie to Taken only by way of intricate plot, the execution of it and the simple fact that Liam Nesson was in both. Must see -- I'd say so. Although this movie was a remake I still believe that Paul Haggis made it his own and with Crowe leading the way it's going to be really tough not to like this film.

5 out of 5 Stars

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