“3 Days to Kill,” directed by Joseph McGinty Nichol and written by Luc Besson, comes off as a bit over-the-top and somewhat cheesy- but still, something about the film managed to make it more than just watchable.
The movie did have it’s downfalls. For one, the chief bad guys were named “the Albino” and “the Wolf.” The overall plot may have been too traditional, but it’s needless to say the underlying drama and comedy made “3 Days” to be as great as it was.
One of the film’s greatest attributes would have to be Kevin Costner. He plays a CIA agent forced into unemployment after discovering he has a cancer that spread from his brain into his lungs. But of course, not even that could be enough to shake our main character; he returns to work when he is informed of an “experimental drug” he may receive in return for his work.
Costner returns to Paris upon hearing news of his illness to make amends with his wife, played by Connie Nielsen, and his daughter, played by Hailee Steinfeld. Unfortunately, his bonding time is cut short by his need to track down an international terrorist. In the end, as would be expected, family ends up outweighing the importance of his work.
Another key element to the movie would have to be the chemistry and connection portrayed by all of the characters. It seemed as though all of the actors and actresses were truly having fun through the ways they added emotion into their acting. The laughs the characters create manage to relieve the audience when the movie begins to seem that it’s too predictable.
“3 Days to Kill” definitely isn’t the most impressive movie in theaters,but it’s still a good way to spend the afternoon. It may not be the right film for all audiences, but if you’re in the mood for a mindless action film, or if you just love Kevin Costner, it’d definitely be in your interest to watch. Personally, I’d give it a 3.5-of-5 rating.