BULLSEYE OR MISFIRE: 3 Days To Kill Reviews
By Drax Largo on February 21st, 2014
It’s the modern dilemma: how to balance work with family, get the job done, and still have time to share a meal with the wife and kid.
A scattershot McG action/comedy/romance/drama, the closest our era has to the audience-pleasing ambitions of William Wyler, if Wyler had first gotten drunk on Bud Light Lime.
Long before Kevin Costner is demanding pasta sauce info at gunpoint from a terrified Italian hostage in 3 Days to Kill, it’s obvious no one is following any kind of coherent recipe for this movie.
The result is a little like baby bear’s porridge, neither all bad nor all good, though not quite right yet either.
The idea seems to have been to explore how little sense a movie could make, and how little that could matter, and also to allow Mr. Costner to indulge in some good-natured sadism and a bit of middle-aged sentimentality.
At the end of the day, this movie didn’t need 3 days to kill. 2 hours was more than enough.
The light humor helps to make palatable the more violent scenes in the film. (Also read our Full Content Review for Parents)
Costner deserves better, and the fact that he doesn’t phone it in here indicates that he thinks maybe so do you.
There’s a lot wrong with this movie, but there are things it does right. Just when you think things have gone irretrievably off the rails, Costner manages to hold it together.
3 Days to Kill is entertaining enough, ironically, for those with some time to kill.
As comedy, as drama, as crime actioner, the film ends up making little impact at all.
The tone here is just generally all over the place, jumping from action blowouts to screwball comedy to father-daughter pathos. But it isn’t particularly good at any of the three.
Tthis is a very disjointed movie given to some weird “what movie are we in now?” tangents.
All over the map from a dramatic and tonal standpoint, but it nearly gets by on on the presence of Kevin Costner in one of his most lighthearted parts in ages.
[3 Days To Kill is] an espionage tale, a family drama and 1940s film noir. The problem is the three go together about as well as speed skating and a sandy beach.