Title: 3 Days to Kill Director: McG Year: 2014 Run time: 1hr 57m
“Secret Service field agent Ethan Renner (Kevin Costner) dedicated his life to the CIA but when he’s diagnosed with a terminal illness, he retires from his high stakes life in order to reconnect with his estranged family. When the agency offers him a life-saving experimental drug in exchange for one final but extremely dangerous mission, he reluctantly agrees. As well as tracking down a ruthless terrorist, he takes sole responsibility for his daughter, endeavouring to complete his two toughest assignments yet.”
1:45 - Cor, straight into the action here. 3:17 - I like an action hero with a cold. They’re not superhuman after all? 7:23 - “You didn’t forget, which means you probably love me.” 11:48 - Ohh, not a cold then. That’s less good. 17:15 - Jules seems so nice, it would be hard to throw him out. But he did paint the room yellow. YELLOW. 23:56 - “It’s so purple.” 27:49 - Love that she had the research results right there. She knew he’d ask. 39:32 - What a dignified way to end up. Sprawled on the floor drinking vodka from the bottle. 41:34 - Every time the purple bike appears on screen, the bell rings, even if no one pushes it. Weird. 50:06 - Fatherly advice. 57:31 - Dude just headbutted a croissant. Such a Paris fight. 1:03:49 - I do love a good silencer. 1:05:41 - He’s my bodyguard!! 1:14:57 - Crikey, that was a whole load of genius. 1:17:32 - “Hello. I am Guido.” 1:25:13 - Wonder how long it took to get that take with the Eiffel Tower flashing its lights behind him? 1:38:06 - Just realised it’s weird that she’s smoking. No one does that anymore. 1:45:25 - Every time he gets close to this man, he collapses. It’s like his Kryptonite.
I thought this was going to be your run of the mill action story, with an older CIA operative doing what he does and probably going rogue at some point. It was Kevin Costner, though, and I was willing to give it a go.
Turns out, it was far better than I thought. Interesting story, tough but understandable characters and some really nice shots throughout - Paris, you know how it is. There were a few irritants, his illness and the treatment didn’t really make sense and I wish that Amber Heard could have been a powerful woman without having to dress in skin-tight leather all the time.
But overall, very watchable and enjoyable, and a nice surprise to my relatively low expectations.