Critics' Corner: Three Days to Kill

Good old French action cinema from the mind of Luc Besson. After years of exposure to American action movies that used to be really good and have since gone special effects heavy and lost the heart, watching a Besson movie is weird to say the least. While it has been years since American action movies remembered how to make audiences care, the French are at least trying; although frequently missing the mark.

In "Three Days to Kill" things start off with a bang as we are introduced to Ethan Renner, a hitman who believes he has a cold. As the action explodes and we witness great direction from McG who knows how to choreograph a great action sequence, Renner falls short of accomplishing his goal; blacking out and awakening in a hospital. There he is told that he is dieing. This is where the heart of this action movie is inserted because Renner left his wife and daughter 5-years prior because of his dangerous career. With his life known to be short, Renner immediately goes to France to make things right with his life, wife and daughter.

Thereâ??s a lot going on in "Three Days to Kill". Within the first thirty minutes we are exposed to what we think may be an action movie and then it becomes a drama and then the two collide to become a comedy. Itâ??s a typical Luc Besson formula and I found this to be similar to 2013â??s Deniro movie "The Family" in which Besson wrote and directed himself. Itâ??s a difficult thing for a director and movie to bounce back and forth between such extreme moods and it worked much better in "The Family" than "Three Days to Kill". Although, had it not been somebody like Kevin Costner in the lead role, this movies weird mood swings would have been even more disastrous. Costner, somehow, makes most of it work.

Thereâ??s a point toward the end of "Three Days to Kill" where I was awoken from my boredom; not by a great action sequence, but a great moment between father and daughter. I was actually ready to give a positive markup to the movie, despite some slow moments and some uninteresting writing. Before I could make it to the credits though, the biggest flaw in most French movies reared its ugly head; an illogical, coincidental, silly, just to setup the finale prom date that I wonâ??t elaborate upon. Apparently, in French action movies, you donâ??t have to explain everything. You just have to finish with bang; regardless of how ridiculous it is.

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