Sunday, 18 May 2014

Blu-ray Review - 3 Days To Kill

3 Days To Kill
Director: McG
Starring: Kevin Costner, Amber Heard, Hailee Steinfeld
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Release Date: May 20, 2014
Retail: $39.99
Running Time: 117 minutes
Rated: PG-13


Arriving on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 is the action thriller 3 Days To Kill, directed by McG and starring Kevin Costner. Special Features exclusive to Blu-ray include both the theatrical and extended versions of the film in high definition, The Making of 3 Days to Kill, McG's Method and Covert Operation.

McG's directorial outings have been a mixed-bag with a few blockbusters (Charlie's Angels, Terminator Salvation, and This Means War) and a few flops (Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, We Are Marshall). Similar to other films, 3 Days To Kill received mixed to negative reviews from most critics, but managed to a make slight profit at the box-office, making nearly $45-million on a $28-million budget.

3 Days To Kill centers on terminal-ill CIA agent Ethan Renner (played by Kevin Costner), who is putting down his gun to spend his final months alive in Paris with his wife Christine (Connie Nielsen) and daughter Zoey (played by Hailee Steinfeld). He has been separated from Connie for quite some time and they both have their own places. To his surprise, Ethan finds an African family squatting in his apartment. According to the law, he can't kick any squatters out until after winter.

Just when he attempts to reconnect with his teenager daughter, Vivi Delay (played by Amber Heard), a CIA's elite assassins, enlists Ethan's help in tracking down and killing the arms dealer called the Wolf in exchange for an experimental drug that could extend Ethan's life.

Suddenly, Christine leaves for a business trip, leaving Ethan in charge of Zoey, while at the same time he must go after the Wolf and his goons.

I very seldom listen to main-stream critics thoughts on films, as I normally like the movies they claim are awful, like last year's The Lone Ranger, but I was well aware the negative reviews for 3 Days To Kill. I'm not of fan of McG's directorial style (especially the horrible Terminator Salvation), but he has seemed to learn from his past mistakes, as 3 Days To Kill is his best film; mostly by avoiding all the MTV music video-style editing that was used in his other films. Kevin Costner gives a great performance as a dying man trying to take out the Wolf and spend time with his daughter at the same time. Some critics/viewers complained about Kevin Costner's character coughing or falling during the action scenes, but they must have forgotten the character is terminally-ill and the medicine Vivi gives to him requires him to keep his heart rate from racing to high, it if does, then he becomes ill. Overall, I thought 3 Days To Kill is a solid action flick with a little humor mixed in. Yes, the plot becomes a little cliched, but overall it is an entertaining movie.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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