torsdag 8 maj 2014

3 Days To Kill

In the 80´s and in the 90´s, actor Kevin Costner was one of the biggest names in Hollywood. He actually did some good movies, especially The Untouchables in 1987. Some of his biggest box office hits were of course Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves, Dances With Wolfes and The Bodyguard. When the 90´s ended, he started doing a turnover, especially with a movie called 3000 Miles To Graceland. I know most critics hate this one, but i had a good time watching Kurt Russel, Christian Slater and Kevin Costner dressed up as Elvis, trying to rob a Casino. It was a huge box office failure. And it did not start here, his next motion picture Dragonfly also failed at the box office. Kevin Costner was not at the top again, so he needed to make a change. In 2003, he returned to a western movie named Open Range. Not only was he the lead actor, he was also the director of Open Range. Critics praised his performance and it also did pretty well at the box office. Since then, Kevin have continued releasing movies in all genres, and continue to try new characters. 3 Days To Kill is one of his latest movie releases this year, that brings Kevin Costner back into action again, a category he did well in the 80´s. With a a screenplay written by legendary Luc Besson, you get a feeling what 3 Days To Kill could be delivering. From the director Joseph McGinty Nichol, who directed Charlie´s Angels, Terminator 3 and This Is War, is this duo a step into an action movie for old school fans of Kevin, or is this a desperate attempt just to make cash with no substance ?

CIA agent Ethan Renner ( Kevin Costner ) is on a mission with CIA, to capture the terrorist known as The Wolf ( Richard Sammel ) and his lieutenant The Albino ( Tómas Lemarquis ). As the CIA is undercover, one of their workers are revealed, The Wolf and The Albino manage to escape. Ethan manage to hunt The Albino down, but something is wrong, his health is becoming weak, and he falls down and faints. Ethan Wakes up in a hospital, where he is told that he is diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. Ethan is forced to retire from the CIA, because of his situation. He realise this is his chance to spend time with his daughter Zoey Renner ( Hailee Steinfeld ). She is living in Paris, with her mom Christine Renner ( Connie Nielsen ), ex wife to Ethan. He arrange a meeting with Christine to tell her the bad news. She allow him to see Zoey, just so he can get a chance to spend time with her before he will eventually die. Zoey meet Ethan, but is not happy about seeing her father after so many years. Ethan promise he will do anything she wants, if they start by having dinner all 3 together. At a local food market, he suddenly meet a woman that says she knows his daughter Zoey. Ethan realise something is not right. Her name is Vivi Delay ( Amber Heard ), and she is one of CIA elite assassins. She needs Ethan to help her kill selected targets, if he does he will be given a medicine that will make him live longer. Vivi knows a way for Ethan to find The Wolf, and his lieutenant The Albino also. At the same time, Ethan want to spend time Zoey, and this becomes complicated when he needs to finish this final mission.

I did not have any expectations at all while watching 3 Days To Kill. The good news is, this is actually a pretty good action movie. Original ? Not at all, but the reason the story works is because of the chemistry between Kevin Costner and Amber Heard. When they get screen time together, you can feel they had fun together on set, and that makes a big difference. Another detail that matters is that Kevin is in pretty good shape for his age, he is on location kicking ass, and use all kinds of weapons. The acting may not be top quality all the way, but thanks to Kevin Costner´s rough charm, he manage to make the best out of the situation. 3 Days To Kill is actually written by Luc Besson, and filmed most of the time in Paris, so you feel the inspiration from earlier movies of Luc Besson. If you were hoping for some romance, this is the wrong Costner movie to look for. There are plenty of other titles you can choose between in his earlier motion pictures. Here it is all about action, and for that i feel that 3 Days To Kill deliver enough to give you a pleasent time. There are flaws, but nothing that will effect the final results. 3 Days To Kill ? Could we have one more day, so i can see more bodies be filled with bullets ? I just love to see people get wiped out, i know.....i must be insane.

Rating: DDD

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