|3 Days to Kill
Starring Kevin Costner, Amber Heard, Hailee Steinfeld
Before I or we move further with this review, I would like you to take a minute to look at the resume of one Luc Besson. Go ahead, click on his name and take a peak…I’ll wait. He’s one prolific dude huh? Just looking at his writing credits over the past few years, something tells me he doesn’t spend a lot of time laboring over a script…turn and burn is a good term to use. But that also leads to most of the movies he’s involved with (along with his production company Europa) are moderately priced easily disposable action movies that could be good, but always seem to feel incomplete and way sillier than any action movie has any right to be. But Besson, like Paul W.S. Anderson, has the power of the overseas market to help him continue to fund his projects. McG, the director who clearly looks upon Besson’s earlier directorial efforts as inspiration, hasn’t had the productivity as Besson but like Besson, his star shot up pretty quickly only to fizzle just as quick. So what should these two do but team up for yet another disposable action movie right?
The result is 3 Days to Kill, a movie where the title is 100 times cooler than what actually ends up on screen. But I’ll admit, this movie had me on the hook for the first 30 minutes. To the point where I actually thought to myself that this may end up being a 4 Abiding Dude film. How quickly my mind changed as the movie dragged on. Besson clearly loves the human condition and the struggles that come with that, but he struggles with it when it comes to actually trying to convey that with his writing. That can be a big problem when your movie, with the word kill in the title, suddenly turns into a family drama, with some action sprinkled into round out the running time. I could mention McG (I will in a minute) or Besson’s co-writer on 3 Days to Kill, but you can tell this is Besson’s baby, so I’m placing most of the blame with him.