Directed and written by
Paul Haggis, The Next Three Days is an edge of your seat thriller
that stars Russell Crowe as John Brennan, a man who gives up everything
to save his wife. Best of all, this thriller keeps you guessing
throughout the movie with some great twists and turns thrown in for good
Based on the French movie Pour Elle, this American remake was
actually a very interesting movie and the premise behind the story is
that John is happily married to wife Lara (Elizabeth Banks), however
their idyllic life is soon shattered when she is arrested for murder.
evidence doesn't look good for Lara. Before the victim was murdered,
Lara was scene arguing with her female boss and when the evidence is
collected, it is quite damning with fingerprints on the murder weapon
and to make matters worse, the police discover her washing blood from
her jacket. Needless to say, things are looking extremely grim for Lara.
As John continues to harass their lawyer for more appeals over the
years, these are declined and he is forced to turn Damon Pennington
(Liam Neeson) for help, a serial escape artist from prison. Pennington
gives John advice on how to free Lara and also noting that he must be
ready to move when the time is right which may involve crossing line.
Love is the motive for John and he is adamant that she is innocent which
causes him to do the unthinkable as this university professor crosses
the line. But the biggest question is... is his wife innocent?
The build-up and tension in The Next Three Days created by Haggis
and his crew is actually rather impressive to watch unfold and there is
an interesting twist at the end that I didn't see coming. With so many
movies trying to be dark and clever, the ending of this film was quite
Unfortunately I cannot
comment on whether the American remake is better than the original
French movie but my partner and I actually enjoyed this movie. The
acting was strong, the storyline was quite original and it came together
rather well, thanks to the director and the cast. Compared to other
thrillers of this similar genre, The Next Three Days is definitely an
above average film.
Video, Audio &
On Blu-ray, the video quality boasts sharp images, vibrant colours (when
used) with deep blacks and only a few errors here and there. Audio
matches the FULL HD presentation and there are a few moments that your
surround sound will get a workout. In terms of extras, the film comes
with commentary by Haggis, producer Michael Nozik and editor Jo Francis
plus a making of, interviews with the cast, outtakes and a mini
documentary entitled "True Escapes for Love" which attempts to normalise
the premise. The extras are a little light but still entertaining.
The Men of The Next Three Days
True Escapes for Love
Bump Key Video
All in all, The Next Three Days is a relatively enjoyable film
that has a few twists and turns along the way. There are some moments
that are a little unbelievable but for the majority, sit back and enjoy
the ride. Russell Crowe however is definitely the star of the film who
successfully plays a realistic man caught between a rock and a hard
Definitely one to check
out if you enjoy well made thrillers.