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June 13, 2018
A movie that starts off rather perky but then spends about an hour with very little change in pace or tone. Thankfully the final act is engaging enough and just plausible enough to lift your interest and the ending is befitting of the movie as a whole.
February 9, 2018
I really enjoyed this movie alot as I am into thrilling movies. Although sometimes a tad predictable I still really enjoyed following this story and seeing Russell Crowe play as a faithful husband. I still watch this every once in awhile. Love it.
December 29, 2017
Plenty of innocent persons are sent to prison. This movie is a family sent to the edge by an injustice. About a husband and father deeply in love and willing to do what he can. I found it deeply satisfying. Russell Crowe as just a man rising above. An average man can become a superhero when their loved ones need them. Whether it be engaging in everyday life or saving a life. I loved the story and the acting. Satisfying.
December 12, 2017
I really liked this film a lot! It seems very implausible but it could really happen. Many movie critics say it could have been so much more with the talent in it. But it was good!
August 21, 2017
Very slow to get going and you are left waiting for it to kick off far too long. Meanders along for a good while before picking up your interest but watchable all the same as you don't really know until the end how it's going to pan out!
½ July 7, 2017
A wonderful remake, it sticks to the original story and tweaks the flaw which was the police trailing them. Its now logical and more thrilling. The only flaw is the casting of the wife, not as pretty as the original.
½ May 31, 2017
The Next Three Days is an ok film...but doesn't dazzle or thrill. Russell Crowe is good, but is not given enough to work with on this one.
May 8, 2017
A lot of suspense kept my interest. Couldn't understand, though, why the wife attempted to jump from the car in the escape. Also, as noted in almost all reviews, it's highly improbable.
January 25, 2017
Highly entertaining film with a preposterous storyline. If you can get past this then you'll enjoy this film.
½ January 2, 2017
It's good movie to watch
Super Reviewer
½ December 20, 2016
This remake of Anything for Her is even more implausible than that film, and Haggis includes details that don't work really well, but he also injects more tension and stretches some scenes to the point of nerve-wracking while Russell Crowe puts in a strong performance.
November 26, 2016
Awesome movie, full of intensity..A great thriller that shots staight through the heart..
September 25, 2016
En que momento pasan las cosas? Una idea interesante pero se queda en el desarrollo.
½ August 27, 2016
Lot of non believable things, but lots of action to keep things interesting
½ June 22, 2016
An engaging well paced thriller that is as entertaining as it is implausible.
May 29, 2016
I've seen this film again tonight ans still enjoined it. For me the plot makes sense although a tad far fetched. Overall, a good enjoyable thriller. Excellent performances fro the leading actors but Crowe stands out.
½ April 24, 2016
Mucho cliche al final...
Super Reviewer
March 26, 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.
½ March 8, 2016
Slow start but a well concluded film. If the build-up was just a little bit faster it would have been much better.
March 1, 2016
Like any ordinary suburban family, happily-married couple Lara (Elizabeth Banks), college academic John (Russell Crowe) and their three year old son Luke (Toby & Tyler Green) laugh, joke, take photos and enjoy a normal light hearted breakfast.

This morning however is different. The day after Lara has a very public argument with her boss, their usual quiet is disturbed as police burst through the door and arrest Lara under suspicion of murdering her boss.

With blood stains on her coat, her fingerprints on the murder weapon, an eye witness who saw her leaving the scene and a potential motive, the open and shut case condemns Lara to a 20 year sentence. Blindly believing in his wife's innocence, John exhausts all legal options fighting the injustice of her incarceration.

With no appeal options left, little savings and no time before her out-of-state transfer, John takes the only viable option. By creating his own moral code and living in a reality of his own choosing John decides to orchestrate his wife's daring escape.

Mapping out what he needs in order to put his plan in practise, John reaches out to the underworld. Starting with ex-crim and nine time successful prison escapee Damon Pennington (Liam Neeson), who gives him the most important thing to remember "Escaping is easy; staying free is the hard part."

Quickly finding himself out of his depth and entangled in the darker side of humanity, John's devotion for his estranged wife might not be enough to overcome the emotional, moral and physical hurdles in his way and power him through this race against time.

A faithful retelling of 2008 original French version 'Pour Elle' (Anything for her); except for the grim Pittsburgh location and obvious tilts towards Hollywood sensibilities, The Next Three Days is a tension filled drama turned action/thriller story about how actions often speak louder than words.

Driving around town in the family Prius, Russell Crowe keeps it simple and believable in this softer everyman style character. Youngsters Tyler and Toby Green deliver a grounded sensibility to the film as his emotionally scarred son. Elizabeth Banks however somewhat misses the mark as a blonde-desperate-housewife reject turned hardened criminal; her hair may change but after three years in jail her attitude is still too gentle.

Although identical in construction and execution to the original, like most remakes, this version fails to rise above the formula. Picking at the obvious holes, the notable lack of chemistry between Crowe and Banks dispels the intended illusion of an unconditional devotion.

Emphasizing the wrong tone; poor musical choices lessen the tension and the inclusion of some unnecessary scenes hinders pacing to the point where the film drags out to a painfully overlong 133 minutes.

The Verdict: Intriguing but still frustrating, you walk out of the theatre not dissatisfied as such but perhaps expecting more.

Published: The Queanbeyan Age
Date of Publication: 11/02/2011
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