3 Days to Kill 2014

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A dying CIA agent trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter is offered an experimental drug that could save his life in exchange for one last assignment.

Starring:
Kevin Costner, Hailee Steinfeld
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

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  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 57 minutes
Starring Kevin Costner, Hailee Steinfeld, Connie Nielsen
Director McG
Genres Drama
Studio E1 Films
Rental release 20 October 2014
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English
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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 57 minutes
Starring Kevin Costner, Hailee Steinfeld, Connie Nielsen
Director McG
Genres Drama
Studio E1 Films
Rental release 20 October 2014
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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3.7 out of 5 stars

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Valerie J. on 26 Jun. 2014
Format: DVD
Ethan Renner (Kevin Costner) is a CIA agent on the job. His mission is to kill the Albino (Tómas Lemarquis), a trader in weaponry. Vivi Delay (Amber Heard), another CIA agent, is after the Wolf, the Albino's terrorist boss. Then, in the middle of it all, Renner gets a message. It's his daughter, Zooey's (Hailey Steinfeld), birthday. Renner has not seen his daughter or her mother, Christine (Connie Nielsen) for a long time. They've given up on him. Then Renner comes down with a terminal illness. He agrees to give up his work to be closer to Christine and Zooey, then receives an offer he cannot refuse. An experimental drug that might save his life in return for continuing the unfinished mission.

3 Days to Kill (2014) has received a fair amount of flack due to the plot and the script. I agree, there are a number of plot-holes, implausibilities, impossibilities, and absurdities in this action movie but, nevertheless, it is entertaining. Aren't the scenes from the ever popular Mission Impossible movies often just as ridiculous? There's plenty of humour, generally dark, very dark. Some scenes have had the viewers/reviewers getting their undies in a twist over the violence (not particularly graphic for these days) and the same viewers/reviewers going on the attack at those who enjoyed the film. As for the so-called 'torture' scenes, in one scene Renner adhered sticky tape under a man's hairy armpit and ripped it off. Torture? Come on! Maybe for a man ( :D ) but some women pay a fortune to have that done. I don't remember all this fuss over Kill Bill movies! Obviously the scriptwriters and director intended 3 Days to Kill to be tongue-in-cheek entertainment but some are determined to take it seriously. I just couldn't.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 Mar. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Ethan (Kevin Costner) has sacrificed his relationship with his family to be a super spy for the CIA. On his most recent assignment he was to kill "The Albino" (Tomas Lemarquis) while Vivi (Amber Heard) was to kill the Wolf (Richard Sammel). Ethan breaks down as his brain cancer has entered his lungs. He is given 3-5 months to live.

Ethan returns to his Parisian apartment only to discover a poor family of squatters from Africa living there with the police unwilling to evict them. He attempts to reestablish his relationship with his estranged wife playing the death card and that of his daughter, by not telling her.

Vivi shows up with an experimental drug that may work, but in doing so he must renege on his promise to his wife and kill "The Wolf" as he is the only man who has seen him. Ethan now attempts to re-establish his estranged relationship with his moody teen daughter while trying to kill the world's most wanted man...and on occasion using parenting advice from people he is attempting to extract information.

I love a film that shows originality and good dialogue. Amber Heard played a great, even if unrealistic, femme fatale noir. The film breaks from the formula of utilizing the daughter as an asset. It is a funny heartwarming action film. Something for everyone.

Parental Guide: 1 written f-bomb, 1 in background music lyrics. No sex. Brief rear nudity
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By bernie TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Jun. 2015
Format: Blu-ray
A CIA agent (Kevin Costner) is forced to retire after acquiring an exotic illness. Now with the short time left on this mortal coil he turns to the family that he neglected. But wait there's an experimental drug that may change the situation. The cost to him is to get back into the game. Oh did I mention they're hallucinatory side effects which may gum up the works.

There is a wide range of opinion from people viewing this movie. Yes it is formula; some people like the formula and some people don't. It's predictable; some people like predictability and some people don't.

The fun in the movie is not the story but the interaction between the characters in the story. Instead of the simple shoot-em-up, we learned a little about parenting skills. Both shoot them up and parenting skills can be fun. This film is well worth the watching. Do not let naysayers sway you from what might be an entertaining presentation.

FYI I only saw this in Blu-ray and the filming was well done. The music was a tad loud and overdone in some places.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bill HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 21 Dec. 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Kevin Costner plays Ethan Renner, a fifty-something, semi-retired C.I.A. "cleaner", who's estranged from his wife Christine, and teenage daughter Zooey. His career has led to a broken family unit and he wants to make amends. Terminal cancer has forced issues for Ethan and so he goes to Paris, where his wife and daughter live, to seek a rapprochement with his family.
Amber Heard plays Vivienne Delay ("Vivi"), another C.I.A. operative. She's on the hunt for a terrorist named Wolfgang Braun ("The Wolf"), and his right-hand man The Albino. The bad guys want to supply a "dirty bomb" to Syrian terrorists, and Vivi is tasked with stopping them. She enlists the help of Ethan by offering him a big financial incentive and the use of an experimental drug that might cure or at least retard the progress of his cancer.
The film opens with a masterful 15 minute action sequence, when Ethan is attempting to foil a terrorist atrocity at a hotel. The movie then changes gear and spends the best part of an hour telling the story of Ethan's efforts to get back into the lives of his wife and daughter. Kevin Costner is an enormously likeable actor (I had to endure my girlfriend swooning over him for much of this film, a guy in his fifties just shouldn't look that good), and although the film occasionally seems like a slightly uneasy alliance between an action thriller and a father and daughter tale, ultimately it works, and Kevin's performance is carried off with brio.
The film comes back to life with a bang, with a brilliant one to one fist fight between Ethan and a baddie in a supermarket, which is a match for anything seen in the Bourne movies - The Bourne Collection [Blu-ray].
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