13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 27 March 2014
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
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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]. The closing half hour neatly brings together the loose threads of the film, as Ethan and Vivi close in on the terrorists. Part of this closing segment of the film includes a thrilling car chase through the streets of Paris, which is on a par with the car stunt-work in Ronin - Ronin [Blu-ray].
Kevin Costner is a fabulous actor and is well able to carry most movies. Anybody who's seen The Bodyguard will know that he can convince in a role as a hardman. This role as a C.I.A. killer, who's softening a bit with age and becoming a bit more of an iron fist in a velvet glove, suits him perfectly. The support cast, especially the wife and daughter, are excellent. Paris is a fitting backdrop to the tale - cue lots of scenes of the Eiffel Tower. The Albino is a decent villain, though The Wolf is arguably less successful. All in all, this is a slickly produced, glossy action thriller, with brilliantly staged action sequences, interspersed with a touching father and daughter story.
I could see clear parallels between this film and some other excellent thrillers, including not only Liam Neeson's Taken, but also Clint Eastwood's In The Line Of Fire, Bruce Willis's The Jackal, and Chris Pine's Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit - Taken [Blu-ray], In The Line Of Fire [Blu-ray]  [Region Free], The Jackal [Blu-ray]  [Region Free], Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit [Blu-ray].
Thank you for taking the time to read this review.
on 12 November 2014
I like Kevin Costner and was glad to see him return to a leading role, sadly the film was for me disappointing. As has been said it follows territory previously covered in Taken but the twist spoiler alert ( Costner has only 3 days to live ) added to he needs to bond with his estranged daughter doesn't work for me. Perhaps the best illustration of this misguided alignment of ideas is the torture scene where he is torturing an Italian guy for information when his daughter rings and he passes the phone to Italian torture victim so he can pass on a recipe for pasta sauce.
I watched the film to the end but it was hard work.
The plot is thin, the execution poor and frankly Costner must be seriously skint to be working with dross like this.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
The film has a promising opening sequence............
The film really starts with C.I.A. Agent 'Ethan Renner'(Kevin Costner)being told he has just a few months to live.
He decides he wants to make up for lost time by living in 'Paris' where estranged wife 'Christine' (Connie Nielsen)
and daughter 'Zooey' (Hailee Steinfeld) who he'd been away from for the past five years, absent husband absent
He is approached by Agent 'Vivi Delay' (Amber Heard) who offers him a life-saving experimental drug in exchange
for his services, of course there is a large wad of cash involved, which 'Ethan' see's as some security for his
daughter, though initially reluctant, the carrot offered is just too good to pass up.
'Ethan' is a very efficient operator, he's good at what he does for the Agency, he kills.
The prime targets for 'Ethan' is the 'Albino' (Tomas Lemarquis) who he'd encountered on an earlier mission and 'The
Wolf' (Richard Sammel)
The drug that has been given to 'Ethan' has it's side-effects, 'Vivi' tells him that the effects will level out by drinking vodka.
'Vivi' tells 'Ethan' that the job now has to be completed in just three days.
In between 'Ethan' try's to understand and get to know his daughter 'Zooey' whilst 'Christine' is away for a few days, and
when he's not, he's trying to extract the information that will lead him to the targets.
'Ethan' does have concerns that his daughter may be used to get to him which leads to him being very protective of her.
As the temperature and pace rises the body-count begins to stack up as he closes in on the terrorist targets 'The Albino'
and 'The Wolf.
(The extended version adding just 5 minutes to the run-time)
Must admit because of both critics and reviewers not really rating the film, my expectations despite having already bought
it, was indeed pretty low.
'Ethan' does have a way of getting attention i must say.....
The film tells the story of 'Ethan' getting to know his estranged daughter whilst trying to fulfil the task he's being paid to do.
The film does have several good action sequences as well as a good measure of humour along the way, perhaps a little
disjointed at times in the effort to follow the two story lines.
However, because my expectations weren't high, the film was a whole lot better than expected.
Special Features -
* Covert Operation
* The Making of Three Days to Kill
* Theatrical Trailer
* McG's Method
* Extended Edition Feature
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 26 June 2014
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.
Kevin Costner is as charismatic as he always was and still looks pretty good despite it being 27 years since he made it big in The Untouchables. I loved his character's interaction with his daughter, Zooey - father and daughter getting to know one another and, moreover, getting to totally understand one another--as if that could ever happen!
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on 24 July 2015
Deeply stupid film with a ridiculous script and a director who couldn't decide if he was shooting a spy flick or a light family-tragi-comedy. Peopled with silly caricatures who behave according to unimaginative formulae that too-typically get applied to these sort of pursue and kill/troubled family storylines. Result is a mishmash of nonsensical scenes with dialogue a moron would find unbelievable. Lord knows what Costner was about when he signed up for this piece of cinecrap. Before the running time was halfway through I'd ceased to care what happened to any of this movie's characters and only watched the latter half since I'd nothing else to do at that time.
on 23 July 2015
Partly original story (CIA hitman with fatal illness given opportunity to have life saving drug in turn for last mission), partly seen it all before story, (hitman with a past which involves estranged wife and daughter and his need to reconnect with them). Liam Neeson could so easily have done this right down to the Paris location, but Cosner is quite good in the role. High body count, some inventive killings and a couple of rip roaring sequences that moves the film along at a brisk pace. A little twist towards the end that was not anticipated but got cancelled out by mawkish happy ending at Christmas time - what else for a reformed hitman !
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 8 November 2014
By the time you reach the end of this review, I will have totally forgotten even watching McG’s latest action offering, ‘3 Days to Kill.’ Does that mean it’s a bad film? No. Not really. Kevin Costner stars as a CIA agent in Paris who has been diagnosed with only a few months to live... unless he completes ‘one last job’ (in which case the CIA will cure him).
So... have you ever seen a film where a man (normally CIA/FBI etc) has to run around a city trying to kill someone? You have, right? Probably starring Liam Neeson, Matt Damon, or someone just like him. In that case, you’ve basically seen 3 Days to Kill, only you’ll have watched a better version.
There’s nothing really wrong with this film. There’s just nothing that make it stand out over all the dozens other similar spy/chase movies. You can literally do something else, like surf the internet, while it’s on and still understand every last aspect of the plot.
It tries to be serious, but comes across a little too ‘comic book-like.’ The villains are TOO villainous, the sexy CIA contact Kevin has to meet is a little TOO sexy. It all just comes across as too far-fetched. I lost count of how many high speech car chases I watched through the streets of Paris with bodies falling out of car windows every few hundred yards, only for the police to never feel the need to investigate and every civilian just getting on with their lives as if there wasn’t a real life game of Grand Theft Auto going on all around them.
There’s a subplot that seems to date back to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s ‘True Lies,’ where Kevin has to ‘reconnect’ with his estranged wife and daughter. Just because Arnie’s offering was twenty years ago, doesn’t mean that time has managed to top it.
If you like spy/chase films then you’ve probably seen all the best ones. I’m sure a film or genre will eventually come along to top the Bourne films or whatever Liam Neeson’s latest offering is and that’ll be great. However, this film isn’t it. In fact... what was it called again?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 27 January 2015
Terrible, terrible, terrible - what else to say - acting is some of the most wooden seen in years, script is rubbish and the story is ludicrous. Don't waste your time.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 21 January 2015
Oh dear. Watch 'Taken' if you want action. Watch 'Ronin' if you want car chases. Watch 'Grosse Point Blank' if you want assassin-comedy. Just don't watch this.