Nov 22, 2010
The Next Three Days
This past weekend there were millions of people lined up to see the new Harry Potter movie. Where was I? I was seeing The Next Three Days along with eight other people who happened to be in the theater on Saturday night. I went home afterwards and read some reviews to see if I could find out where the crowds were. The critics attacked it as too slow and not enough action.
I think what they mean is not enough "action". The action we have grown accustomed to is over the top CGI explosions and unrealistic fight scenes. The Next Three Days was a well acted, realistic nail biter of a movie. It is a mix between John Q. and Taken. If you are looking for a movie that could actually happen- a romantic action flick with a lot of drama and a feel good vibe about the triumph of the human spirit, then The Next Three Days is for you.
The only drawback is that Liam Neeson only does a short 5 minute cameo, when the trailor made him seem like a main character. It does not matter though because Russell Crowe carries the film.
It was a breath of fresh air after the far fetched action movies that have come out this year. If I still had the money I spent to see movies like Predators and The Expendables I could go back several more times to see The Next Three Days. My advise: Ignore the critics on this one.