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The Next Three Days (2010)

aka The Next Three Days

"Lose who you are to save what you love."

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Details: 133 mins · English · PG-13 (USA)

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Entertaining

The movie starts with a widely used scene that takes place after the inciting incident. The character has already made that transformation and then the director takes us to the beginning to show who the character was before. Cliche.
After I got over that, I watched a pretty entertaining movie about a guy who so loves his wife that he will forsake himself and his prius to be with her.
I really liked how he was a normal guy trying to do this and did not all of a sudden turn into this man fighting badass like most movies will do it. He was a typical man who did things a typical man does not normally do but he did them in a typical man style.
The movie was true and honest in that sense.
However, the reason why his wife was locked up I do not entirely understand, but the movie kept me watching it and cheering for our main character which is the first thing I ask when watching a movie. The second thing I ask, or maybe third, is that the climax be worth the wait. If the climax is a let dow...(more)

The movie starts with a widely used scene that takes place after the inciting incident. The character has already made that transformation and then the director takes us to the beginning to show who the character was before. Cliche.
After I got over that, I watched a pretty entertaining movie about a guy who so loves his wife that he will forsake himself and his prius to be with her.
I really liked how he was a normal guy trying to do this and did not all of a sudden turn into this man fighting badass like most movies will do it. He was a typical man who did things a typical man does not normally do but he did them in a typical man style.
The movie was true and honest in that sense.
However, the reason why his wife was locked up I do not entirely understand, but the movie kept me watching it and cheering for our main character which is the first thing I ask when watching a movie. The second thing I ask, or maybe third, is that the climax be worth the wait. If the climax is a let down then the whole movie falls flat.
Here, the climax was indeed entertaining and the resolution was a little heart breaking.
It will never be one of the greats or a classic, but it is an entertaining movie to watch.
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A Well Done Thriller

Unlike some prison break movies, which are nonstop action, this one actually pauses to make you wonder who the bad guys really are. There are some areas where it could be better, but regardless, a very watchable movie.

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Good

It is refreshing to see Russel Crowe as an ordinary man, this is an thrilling and exiting fight aginst time - but misses the edge-of-my-seat-sitting thrill to make it perfect.

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Cast:

Small John Brennan
Small George Brennan
Small Mouss
Small Erit
Small Detective Quinn
Small Elaine
No_movie_poster Mike
Small Luke
No_movie_poster Security Gaurd
Small Lara
Small Nicole
Small Damon
Small David
Small Lieutenant Nabulsi
Small Mick Brennan
No_movie_poster Grace Brennan
Small Laura Brennan
Small Meyer Fisk
Small Barney

Crew:

Small Paul Haggis Director
Small Danny Elfman Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster Michael Nozik Producer
No_movie_poster Olivier Delbosc Producer
No_movie_poster Marc Missonnier Producer
No_movie_poster Anthony Katagas Executive Producer
Small Fred Cavayé Screenplay
No_movie_poster Guillaume Lemans Screenplay
No_movie_poster Eugénie Grandval Producer
No_movie_poster Agnès Mentre Executive Producer
Small Paul Haggis Production
Small Paul Haggis Writer
No_movie_poster Guillaume Lemans Story Contributor
Small Fred Cavayé Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Jo Francis Editing

Taglines:

"Lose who you are to save what you love."

Plot:

Lara Brennan (Banks) is convicted of murdering her boss after an altercation at work and is sentenced to life in prison. Following the failure of her appeal, Lara's husband John Brennan (Crowe), a professor at a community college, becomes obsessed with the idea of breaking her out of jail, while their son Luke ceases to acknowledge her during their prison visits.

John, intent to break her out, consults Damon Pennington (Neeson), a former convict who successfully escaped from prison seven times and wrote an autobiography about it. Damon, although reluctant, advises John to study the prison where his wife is, saying "every prison has a key". Damon also warns him that the initial escape from the prison will be easy compared with avoiding capture after the escape, and explains what to do:

He must obtain the false passports, new social security numbers and save up money as an ability to escape.

After a successful escape, he must escape to a country unpopular for Americans and with no extradition to cover-up.

Since the 9/11 attacks, town security is been incredibly increased, and after breaking her out of prison and the first call, he has only 15 minutes before the city center is closed, also counting 35 minutes for all interstates, secondary roads, train stations, docks and airports being closed.

He must also question his motives and bravery; is he really ready to break her out? Can he ask himself to "kill a guard, knock down an old lady or leave his kid at the gas station", because in order to succeed, he must be that man, and if he can't, to not even start.

If the plan fails, surrender or they will be killed on sight.

To ensure her escape, he hatches several plans; he obtains a handgun and learns to use it, and obtains false passports and new social security numbers. He also takes a map of Pittsburgh and studies it to find shortcuts and places to escape out of the city under 15, and wide area under 35 minutes. To obtain the money, he robs a drug lord and sets his meth lab on fire before fleeing the scene. He then falsifies and plants blood work results indicating that his wife is in a state of hyperkalaemia, so she is transferred to the hospital. He follows the ambulance and helps her escape although she is doubtful and reluctant, motivated only by the idea of her son being raised without either parent.

With the police getting some lucky breaks, they are hot on John and Lara's trail through a series of chases.. He tears his map down and stuffs them into several garbage bags before leaving to rescue Lara, leaving one bag in the trash outside his home, and the rest in a dumpster some blocks away. As it turns out, he did this selectively to misguide the detectives regarding their final destination. They have an uncomfortable moment at passport control, as a Canadian officer examines their passports and glances at the page of photographs showing people to stop. He allows them to pass. The shift changes, and as they walk down the hall, their photos are added to the list. An international flight is delayed, but the police were after the wrong destination.

At the end of the film, the family ends up safe in Caracas, Venezuela. Back in the United States, a detective who had attempted to catch Brennan returns to the scene of the crime although it had been some years since the crime occurred. Using his forensic skills, he manages to put together what really happened. It turns out that the killer of Lara's boss was really just a mugger —as she claimed in open court— and a series of coincidences led to Lara's conviction. He remembers Lara saying a button popped off as she passed the mugger, and notices that it is raining just as it had been the night of the murder. He tosses a piece of paper in the current where the button would have fallen off, and it leads into a storm drain. He searches the storm drain but is unable to find the button to prove Lara's innocence. It turns out the button was there, buried under grime, and the detective just missed it. The last shot of this detective shows him turning back toward the drain.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 2010-11-19 : United States of America

DVD : 2011-03-08