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The Next Three Days [Blu-ray] [2010] [US Import]

Russell Crowe , Elizabeth Banks , Paul Haggis    Blu-ray
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Russell Crowe, Elizabeth Banks, Liam Neeson, Michael Buie, Moran Atias
  • Directors: Paul Haggis
  • Writers: Paul Haggis, Fred Cavayé, Guillaume Lemans
  • Producers: Agnès Mentre, Anthony Katagas, Eugénie Grandval, Felipe Aljure
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Mar 2011
  • Run Time: 133 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003L20IGA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 173,087 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



The powerful presence of Russell Crowe and the skillful writing and directing of Paul Haggis (Crash) give The Next Three Days an emotional heft to match its taut suspense. Schoolteacher John Brennan (Crowe) is stunned when his wife Laura (Elizabeth Banks, W.) is sentenced to life imprisonment for murder. As he watches her emotional decline behind bars, he becomes determined to break her out of prison--and The Next Three Days tracks his meticulous efforts, including wrong turns that threaten to capsize everything. The movie is most compelling in how it follows Brennan's wrenching emotional changes. He's not some cold, focused secret agent--he's torn between his painful devotion to his wife and the frightening possibility of what could go wrong, including the possible cost to their son. The outstanding supporting cast includes Liam Neeson, Brian Dennehy, and rapper RZA, but the vast majority of the movie rests on Crowe's shoulders and he carries it like an athlete. There's something deeply physical about Crowe's performances--his emotions seem to fill his entire body, even as his expressions are incredibly subtle. It's a gripping performance by a remarkable actor, anchoring a well-conceived and engaging thriller. --Bret Fetzer

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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
By Benminx
The Next Three Days has good leads in Elizabeth Banks and Russell Crowe. Their marriage seems normal, and has little niggles and bickering as well as affection. nicely they aren't perfect, and they're played with great amiability by Crowe and Banks. Therefore the arrest scene when cops suddenly swarm their house and drag Banks out for a horrific killing is upsetting and extremely dramatic.
It's a well handled scene in a movie full of them.
The script is smart enough to throw us a few red herrings, and the director even manages to instil regular jolts of fear in the audience for Crowe's character, when he keeps messing up his attempts to become a fledgling jailbreaker.
Nicely the cops and guards are far from stupid, and you get the impression that Crowe's amateur criminal is a rabbit carefully trying to make it under a sky full of hawks, with little to no chance.
There is violence, and it's handled with high tension and excitement, and nicely the film always feels like it's under control, accelerating towards its climax. The pace keeps getting better, and there are some unexpectedly good relationship moments as Crowe and his son try to cope with the stigma of being the family of a convicted murderess.
The climax is a very extended series of nerve jangling and adrenaline filled chases, and scenes of daring bravado. Director Paul Haggis keeps us biting our nails and sat up in our seats the whole time - rarely is such a complicated pay off handled so well.
My only gripe is that I hoped the film was going to play with the characters' ambiguity a little more - however, that's a very minor grumble about a movie that was a very exciting and extraordinarily well made piece of entertainment.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars unmissable 1 Jun 2012
are you a grown up male and sometimes some scenes make you cry?

yes i am guilty on this movie.

a nice woman gets convited on good cirmcumstantial evidence of a murder (elisabeth banks)

she didnt do it , it tears the family apart, she is in for 20 years for more appeals that is it.

russell crow is a husband (teacher) to a child and a woman in jail for life.. he has no legal options.....

he is desperate and alone....

what does he do , ? what would you do?.......the evidence is very compeling , there is even a possible motive to it

he bets his life , his money, his job, his reputation to seek justice.... and not within the law.

AAA performances from all the actors, compelling story, and quite up to a point realistic.....

watched this movie 3 times and i find it as compelling as the first time.

completely unmissable.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
When Lara Brennan (Elizabeth Banks - Slither) is incarcerated for the murder of her boss, she faces spending the next 20 years behind bars, separated from her son and loving husband John (Russell Crowe - Gladiator). When John's hope of appeal and overturning the conviction is snuffed, he resorts to desperate measures to break Lara out of jail and begin a new life elsewhere. With months of meticulous preparation behind him, will his plan succeed?

TNTD is a brilliantly scripted and shot action/thriller. The way the plot builds to an absolute boiling point is fantastic as we see a very believable performance from Crowe, left with no other option attempt the impossibly unfeasible task of breaking his wife out of jail. Scenes with very little explanation that seem fairly random when shown initially are revisited later in the film and a lot of it just clicks into place as you realise what he was up to the first time around.

Both of the leads provide great performances and the supporting cast are more than capable, Liam Neeson (Taken) has a notable cameo as Damon Pennington; a now retired multiple-prison-escapee who gives John a few words of advice. What's worth noting is the complete lack of action in the first hour of this film (it's a long film, clocking up a 2hr 13mins runtime) and many critics have pointed out the insane pacing of TNTD - and they are right to some respect, but I felt that it really highlighted the level of his desperation that would drive him to attempt a break-out.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rare case of better than the original 31 Mar 2011
By dunnlop
How many times have we seen remakes over the years that don't even come close to the original. "The Departed" was almost as good as "Infernal Affairs", but most times remakes are a total waste of time and usually only made because people don't like reading subtitles.

This film is a remake of a French thriller called "Anything for Her" (which i enjoyed) and i went to see this in the cinema because there was nothing else on and i like Russell Crowe. I was amazed how much better this was. The French one felt a little rushed to me and lacked a certain element of tension, and didn't have much characterisation. This film is the opposite, it's well paced, and even though i knew the outcome i was still gripped because they added so much more to the third act of the film. The characters are well rounded and likeable and you will actually care if they succeed or not.

If you like a good thriller, or a fan of Russell Crowe then this is a must for anyone.
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1.0 out of 5 stars This movie was so depressing
I didn't even know Liam Neeson was in it because I switched it off after 30mins it was so dull.
Published 6 days ago by ctlarnold
3.0 out of 5 stars The next three days
Good film, well acted with Russell Crowe playing the main part. Suitable for 12 years and over. Very enjoyable film
Published 4 months ago by maggie may
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping!
Great gift! Hooked by this thriller from the start. Both my husband and I drawn in by realistic character. Buy!
Published 4 months ago by Mrs Hilary Allen
1.0 out of 5 stars wont play or swap
poor service ordered in error refused to return and expected me to post back to canada, bit of a rip off seeing as it was on the uk site.
Published 4 months ago by jake john
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
This is a great film. It's well directed and the cast are brilliant. It is one of my faves and one u can watch Again and again, it is quite fast paced in some parts and leaves u... Read more
Published 4 months ago by pixie28
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Worth every penny, excellant value for money, a film you want to watch more than once, highly recommended a must buy.
Published 5 months ago by devonshire lass
5.0 out of 5 stars Different
Thoroughly enjoyed this fast moving film which was a very good tale and Russell Crowe was at his best. Recommended very much
Published 5 months ago by P. TURNER
5.0 out of 5 stars superb and tense thriller
i just love this film.its brilliant tense and exciting from start to finish.and i must say russell crowe gives an outstanding performance. Read more
Published 7 months ago by T. A. J. Leahy
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant film
This is one of the best films I have ever seen, no kidding. Having watched it, I immediately thought that it deserved a place in my own personal Top Ten films. Why? Read more
Published 7 months ago by J. Fernwood
4.0 out of 5 stars good film
definately worth a watch, we enjoy all different kinds of films and this one is no exception. worth buying and probably worth a second viewing
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