The Next Three Days - running
The Next Three Days - running
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Film Review

Film title
The Next Three Days
Paul Haggis
Russell Crowe, Elizabeth Banks, Brian Dennehy, Liam Neeson
Release date
5 Jan

The Next Three Days

2/5 stars
Film review by Jamie Dunn.
Published 29 December 2010

John and Lara Brennan (Russell Crowe and Elizabeth Banks) are a white collar couple who enjoy argumentative flirting and the odd quickie in the back seat of their Prius. This marital bliss is interrupted, however, when Lara is convicted of bludgeoning her boss to death with a fire extinguisher. Dutiful hubby John remains convinced of her innocence despite the orgy of evidence to the contrary and proceeds to do all in his power to emancipate her, initially through court appeals, then using less kosher methods.

The Oscar pilfering Haggis, who writes and directs, doesn’t quite have his leading man baking files into cakes, but what unfolds is scarcely more plausible. A laborious thriller that lacks wit, intelligence, and, most unforgivably, thrills, The Next Three Days continues the steady decline of Crowe’s career. With his early electric performances (Romper Stomper, L.A. Confidential) fading memories and last year’s humourless turn as Robin Hood still fresh in the mind, the cantankerous Kiwi is morphing into this generation’s Kevin Costner. [Jamie Dunn]


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  • Crash was so worthy and rubbish I shall be avoiding this like the piggy flu.

    Posted by Binary Sark | Wednesday 29 December 2010 @ 23:33

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  • To be fair to Haggis, it is far less worthy and nauseating than Crash. It's still pretty pants, though

    Posted by Jamie Dunn | Sunday 02 January 2011 @ 23:59

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  • Great review. The continued decline of Crowe's career? Tell that to his academy award. It was a great movie. Get a new job, joke.

    Posted by Cody | Wednesday 05 January 2011 @ 16:03

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  • Do you really think Crowe’s been much cop since he won his oscar back at the turn of the century? He’s been in some forgettable films (Body of Lies, State of Play, Cinderella Man) and some pretty rubbish ones (A Beautiful Mind, Robin Hood, A Good Year, Proof of Life, Tenderness) since then. I love LA Confidential and The Insider and I think Gladiator and Master and Commander are great, macho blockbusters, but he’s not an actor I rush out to see anymore. As for oscars, I can’t see him being up for any awards come February – a razzie for his turn as Robin Hood, maybe

    Posted by Jamie Dunn | Wednesday 05 January 2011 @ 19:58

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