Kevin Costner is quite something else!
Every five years or so the man resurfaces with a movie that really proves worthy of watching and that shows us why the man still has some aces up his sleeve in the ancient-old Hollywood game.
In 3 days to kill Kevin Costner plays a character that reminds us a little of his Mr. Brooks, but unfortunately the film is not quite the same gem! Not only is the story dimwitted compared to the intense psychological thriller of 2007, but the main character Costner has to bring to life is hardly ever interesting …
In the movie he plays an serial killer who tries to reconcile with his daughter and make up for the time lost. Sadly, he has too much on his plate as he has to fulfill the many assignments as a secret assassin, not to mention the disease that’s ripping him apart from the inside out.
3 days to kill is a fine balance of good and bad things. The film focuses too little on the criminal underworld Kevin Costner has to deal with once he gets an assignment. More than half of what we see is Costner as a caring father figure who tries to fill up the hole in his soul for spending so little time with his daughter.
Ironically enough, those scenes are in fact the best! His daughter, wonderfully portrayed by the as of yet unknown Hailee Steinfeld, is a direct hit. Thus, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the most charming moment is in fact the one where Costner teaches his daughter to ride a bike …
All good and well, but the disadvantage is the lack of action and drama in the criminal underworld. This is after all a movie about an assassin, no?
As a result of this, the character Amber Heard plays is a complete loss. She is beautiful – even Swedish Barbie doll beautiful – but there is not much more depth on her side! One could wonder what volubility she brings to the table.
The same can be said of the many perpetrators Kevin Costner has to deal with – all of them are one dimensional target practices who have little or no character depth during the story.
Director McG – a man who is pestered in real life because he seemingly walks around with a cool rapper’s name when in fact it’s a nickname he’s had since he was a kid – tries his very best to keep this drowning ship afloat, but his script still goes ducking every now and then.
The small amount of action you get is quite amusing – that has to be said – but it’s the quiet scenes that save this movie from plummeting to its death. Another amusing notion is the introduction of the African family who lives under the roof of Kevin Costner … and they are joy to watch once you get to know them.
When all things considered, the story in this movie lacks coherence.
The whole thing with Costner buying his daughter a bike, his troublesome relationship with the ever graceful Scandinavian beauty Connie Nielsen, his struggle with the impending disease that is bound to take its toll and of course the pretty blonde who keeps harrassing him … they are all wonderful little moments, but as a whole the puzzle somehow doesn’t fit. They seem to be throwaways of a bunch of different movies.
And, as mentioned before, the focus on Costner‘s darker side as a killer is too insignificant to be considered a real asset to the movie …
did you know?
Director McG wanted to make this movie, because we never find out what happens to James Bond when he goes home. He wanted to show the life of an international spy off the clock, after he’s done with his mission, when he returns to his private life and family. Is the international spy a loner or does he in fact have a normal life?
Give it to me straight:
Kevin Costner returns to the foreground once more, but unlike the 2003 wonderful-Western Open Range and the 2007 mysterious Mr. Brooks, he does not meet the anticipated level of brilliance.
3 days to kill is a pretty decent attempt to combine a whole bunch of wonderful scenes, but once the puzzle is complete, it becomes apparent that the story in this movie doesn’t quite flow. Some things just don’t mix.
The story convulsively jumps back and forth between good moments and boring sequences. The action is only meagerly present and hardly worth mentioning. The world of crime – even though this IS a story about a killer – is pushed way back and serves no real purpose at all. And some characters are so empty that one wonders why they even appear in this movie at all …
The one thing that saves this movie from damnation are the quiet scenes. There is the relationship between Kevin Costner and his daughter, which at times is very amusing and refreshing to watch. Also the inner contact he keeps with an African family in his apartment gives this movie the heartwarming personae it so desperately needs.