Valdosta Daily Times


February 26, 2014

‘Pompeii’ covers little new ground



“3 Days to Kill” (Action/Comedy: 1 hour, 58 minutes)

Starring: Kevin Costner, Hailee Steinfeld, Connie Nielsen and Amber Heard

Director: McG

Rated: PG-13 (Violence and profanity)


Movie Review: Luc Besson’s screenplays are entertaining but rarely genuine. They are typically unbelievable action films. The plots are silly in that the characters exist in laughable predicaments. Maybe, the words make more sense on paper.  

Costner plays one of those characters. He is Ethan Renner, a United States operative diagnosed with cancer. He has three months to live. Just as he tries to reinsert himself into the lives of his estranged wife, Christine (Nielsen), and teenage daughter Zoey (Steinfeld) during his last days, he is offered an experimental drug to save his life. Enter Vivi Delay (Heard), a CIA agent. She offers Renner the drug if he completes one last mission. Just when Renner thought he was out, they pull him right back in. While trying to complete his mission, Renner must tend to the needs of his daughter, Zoey. He quickly finds executing evil-doers is much easier than fathering a teenager.

Several moments of this film appear a solid comedy. Those moments make the less serious. All becomes a light version of “Taken” (2008), except the setting is Paris and bad people kidnap no one. In fact, the protagonist abducts the antagonists.

This screenplay is a scattered one by Besson and co-writer Adi Hasak. It needs focus. More important, it needs tangible players. The acting is rather comical for a movie advertising itself as an action movie.

If one does not take matters seriously, the film entertains, but it is not the best. It is far from good with respects to quality. McG (“We Are Marshall,” 2006), also known as Joseph McGinty Nichol, adds another film to his repertoire. “3 Days to Kill” is nowhere near the top for his movies.

Grade: C- (After 3 days, it is not hit.)

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