DVD Review: 3 Days To Kill
So McG directs a film written by Luc Besson where Kevin Costner tries his best to emulate Liam Neeson’s sudden foray into action films, which started coincidently with Taken also written by Luc Besson. Unfortunately music video director turend film director McG doesn’t exactly have a stellar track record, and Costner doesn’t excel in his action man role, which admittedly is quite muddled by a Crank style plot element.
Playing a CIA hit man who has ignored his family for too long, only to discover he has a case of very terminal cancer, and therefore must try and make amends whilst completing one last job for the Agency isn’t original in the least.
Playing a terminally ill, cough a minute hit man, gives Costner a script where he doesn’t have to act tough, strong or even fit. Half his scenes he seems to be having a coughing fit, collapsing and crawling towards his gun. This unfortunately makes Costner and his character look like a washed up has been.
The surprising thing is that 3 Days To Kill isn’t a complete waste of time, and you can actually see the basis for a pretty decent – if somewhat formulaic – action film hidden in there. Even a film that Costner could have done justice to, if only it had been written slightly differently and been given to a half decent director.
Rating: M Violence and offensive language.
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