Sunday, February 23 2014, 12:36 PM MST
Movie Review: 3 Days to Kill
2 out of 5 Stars
Starring: Kevin Costner, Hailee Steinfeld, Connie Nielsen
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
To: Fans of Luc Besson’s lesser work, McG devotees and those that want
to see Kevin Costner limp his way through an action movie.
Ethan (Kevin Costner), a retired Secret Service Agent dying from
cancer, returns to Paris to try and patch things up with his estranged
wife and daughter only to be pulled back into service by a mysterious
agent promising an experimental drug in exchange for one last mission.
Review: There was a time when a screenplay co-written by Luc Besson (The Professional, La Femme Nikita) was something to be looked forward to. These days his halfhearted efforts occasionally make for shallow entertainment (The Transporter), but more often than not they fail to justify their existence. 3 Days to Kill
is a cinematic mess that doesn’t know if it wants to be taken seriously
or laughed off the screen as a poor send up of clichéd action films.
One half of the film is a sappy drama dedicated to Ethan’s attempts to
sweetheart his way back into his daughter’s life. The other half just
feels like a goofy action film with cardboard characters and villains
with names like "The Wolf" and "The Albino." Amber Heard’s Vivi Delay
exists simply to look sexy, drive fast and occasionally shoot Ethan up
with a milky fluid. She’d be more mysterious if she wasn’t so ridiculous
and painfully useless. Costner, to his credit, isn’t bad; he just isn’t
given much to work with. Hailee Steinfeld, who plays the rebellious
daughter, is fine, but you have to wonder if her best film will be her
first (True Grit).
-Ryan Michael Painter