The Next Three Days

2010

The Next Three Days

Critics Consensus

Russell Crowe and Elizabeth Banks give it their all, but their solid performances aren't quite enough to compensate for The Next Three Days' uneven pace and implausible plot.

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His wife convicted of a murder she swears she did not commit, a college professor plots to break her out of prison in this thriller starring Russell Crowe and Liam Neeson. John Brennan (Crowe) and his wife, Lara (Elizabeth Banks), were happily married and raising a family when their lives fell apart in the blink of an eye. Lara has been charged with murder, and despite every effort to prove her innocence, the judge sentences her to an extended prison sentence. Meanwhile, on the outside, John files multiple appeals while struggling to raise their children and maintain his career. Lara's future starts to look especially grim, however, after the final appeal is rejected, and she admits that she'd rather commit suicide than spend the rest of her life behind bars. Determined to save his wife after the justice system fails her, John seeks the advice of ex-convict Damon Pennington (Liam Neeson), who staged his own daring prison escape, in order to draw up an airtight plan. Later, John prepares to put his life on the line for the woman he loves, and sets the plan into motion with the knowledge that one false move could be their last. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Cast

Russell Crowe
as John Brennan
Elizabeth Banks
as Lara Brennan
Liam Neeson
as Damon Pennington
Brian Dennehy
as George Brennan
Lennie James
as Lieutenant Nabulsi
Helen Carey
as Grace Brennan
Daniel Stern
as Meyer Fisk
Jason Beghe
as Detective Quinn
Aisha Hinds
as Detective Collero
Allan Steele
as Sergeant Harris
Michael Buie
as Mick Brennan
Leslie Merrill
as Elizabeth Gesas
Derek Cecil
as Dr. Becsey
Trudie Styler
as Dr. Byrdie Lifson
Toby Green
as 3-Year-Old Luke
Tyler Green
as 3-Year-Old Luke
Veronica Brown
as Female Guard 1
Lisa Ann Goldsmith
as Female Guard 2
James Donis
as Prison Major
Rachel Deacon
as Duty Nurse
Glenn Taranto
as Hospital Security Guard
Zachary Sondrini
as Photoshop Kid
Etta Cox
as Notary
Barry D. Bradford
as Jail Guard (Entry Hall)
Barry Bradford
as Jail Guard (Entry Hall)
Rick Warner
as County Jail Captain
Jeff Hochendoner
as Alex's Thug Buddy
Quantia Mali
as Phone Operator
David Flick
as Male Nurse
Fabio Polanco
as Phone Repairman
Sean Huze
as Prison Guard
Jonathan Berry
as Prison Guard
Patrick Brennan
as Hospital Guard
Tamara Gorski
as Hospital Nurse
Tom Quinn
as Elderly Man
Melissa Jackson
as Air Canada Clerk
Patrick F. McDade
as Airport Security Chief
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Critic Reviews for The Next Three Days

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  • Even with an actor of Crowe's skill, it's hard to believe the mild, thoughtful John would take to the mean streets of Pittsburgh for fake IDs, blast his way into drug houses and such.

    Aug 12, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • It's an all-consuming task, and Crowe makes this obsessiveness plausible.

    Feb 2, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • This is a terrific film with a final reel guaranteed to have you digging your fingers into your armrest.

    Feb 2, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Neither Crowe nor Banks matches the levels of determination and despair that Vincent Lindon and Diane Kruger brought to the same roles in the original film.

    Jan 10, 2011 | Full Review…

    Philip French

    Guardian
    Top Critic
  • Unlike many regular thrillers, there is no comedy or cynicism to counterweight the absurdity, and not much actual excitement either.

    Jan 6, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • In the third act, both Haggis and his actors kick it into high gear, leading to a breathless chase sequence, the outcome of which is unpredictable to the last moments.

    Jan 5, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Next Three Days

  • Mar 11, 2016
    There have been a few films like this and usually they are all pretty tame but thanks to Russel Crowe's brilliant performance he had me rooting for him, Ok the actual way the story was done wasn't amazingly done and the ending little twist I seen coming a mile away but we never really knew if they would escape or not or never knew if she did actually commit murder until the very end and I think maybe there could of been a few good shock twists that would of been brilliant, Still it's an edge of your seat crime/mystery and will be enjoyed by most.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Jun 23, 2012
    This film should have gotten more attention when it originally came out. I missed it in theaters. I saw it on DVD. It was really good. It should have even gotten Oscar nominations for Crowe, Banks, and Haggis. I believe the studio didn't properly promote the film and released it at the wrong time. Haggis hits another home run with the film. A great script and a fast pace really keeps this film going. The performances of Russell Crowe and Elizabeth Banks are top notch here. They have an amazing on screen chemistry. You are rooting for them to escape. Everyone in the cast delivers. I definitely recommend this film.
    Sol C Super Reviewer
  • Jun 23, 2012
    Possible spoilers found here "The Next Three Days" presents itself with a bold moral view that challenges viewers with a difficult moral code to live by-- in particular, a man that is willing to risk everything for the sake of his spouse that is spending life in prison. It's definitely a courageous act when done under the umbrella of the law, but is it okay if you step outside into the rain? The film does touch upon the question, but half way through, you see where Paul Haggis, the writer and director, sides with: he embraces this moral viewpoint, no matter what the circumstances may be -- even if it leads to taking human lives and compromising the utmost important of laws. Haggis embraces this morale as a righteous, upright, and good act, even when the wife rightfully deserves it. It's a mess and it left me having a disgust towards the message of the movie. The worst part about it? At the end, "The Next Three Days" tries to tie it all off as if Russell Crowe's actions was the best possible decision one could make at such an occasion. At a technical standpoint, "The Next Three Days" is made with adequate technicalities, but the void between the transition of one technical method to another is lacking and sloppy. It's like an amateur that read up on all the things that make a movie a technically sound and cobbling them all up, resulting in an uneven and choppy motion picture. Russell Crowe does a commendable job but Elizabeth Banks was considerably lacking in the acting department. Some of the emotional scenes that demanded raw emotion to spew forth from her was not believable nor convincing. That's not to say that there are harrowing scenes, especially in the third act of the movie where the planning of the breakout comes to fruition, but before then, it's overly extended which hurts the pacing of the film. Was it an entertaining time? Sure, but it's hardly gonna be a memorable one. "The Next Three Days" is an effective thriller that exudes some of the most aggravatingly abominable moralistic teaching since recent filmmaking. Yeah, it's not like, "Let's embrace murder!", but it's the sly persuasive undertones that the film pitches at viewers is what's so bothersome. Films that compromise upright living such as this is one of the few aspectual reasons as to why children grow up with such flawed paradigms, because it embraces how no matter how you may feel, it's okay as long as it's a "righteous" act such as rescuing your loved one.
    Albert K Super Reviewer
  • Apr 22, 2012
    I enjoyed this movie - mostly because I'm from Pittsburgh and it was filmed there. This was definitely a more unusual prison break story seen from a completely different angle.
    Sarah P Super Reviewer

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