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Different, but likeable all the same.,
This review is from: 3 Days to Kill [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
I guess there were a handful of similar scripts bouncing around the industry at the same time, this shares a fair bit with the likes of Taken and The Expatriate but as I liked them and thought the trailer looked good, I felt on fairly steady ground with their latest incarnation. I find Costner very likeable and he didn't disappoint. The screenplay is a little offbeat, quirky even, in that it deals with the well-worn path of CIA guy routing out the bad guys in Europe but it touches on Costner’s relationship with his ex and their daughter. The story isn't anything new but Costner plays an engaging character, a hardman who has reason to be more weary than most. The Parisian locations are a treat and the humorous tone compliments the slick, outlandish action; there's a great explosion right at the start and the final action segment is really well handled due to some decent production values. Some bits didn't work so well for me, Amber Heard spruces the place up but her confused character might as well be in a different movie altogether. Connie Nielsen is comfortable as Costner's ex and although the family segments slow things down a bit, they have reason to be in the movie and I didn't feel as though the scenes got in the way of the overall story. I particularly like how Costner's secret work is interupted from time to time and how his nature changes so much that when he bundles some schmo into a car boot for the third time, he's concerned enough to make sure the guy is comfortable.