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The Next Three Days

A movie Starring Russell Crowe and directed by Paul Haggis

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All hell breaks loose!

  • Feb 26, 2011
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+4
What part of our lives is truly under our control? And herein lies the story of a man trying to keep things in control in his life. He attempts to keep his family intact by trying to rescue his wife from imprisonment for a crime she didn’t commit!

The key to escape. Escaping is easy, according to a past convict. The hardest part of thing is to leave…  ask yourself, IF you can do it. What entails doing it is to lose one’s identity and all that you’ve known in your entire life. It is to go to a country in the world where the FBI couldn’t pursue you.



The story goes on to teach us how easy it is to get a door opened! Desperation drove a man to do things unthinkable and even to commit crimes he’d never ever had done under normal circumstances. It’s downhill from then onwards. This man certainly has lost control of not only his life but his own sanity. Love shouldn’t be that way. And running away for an entire lifetime, does that really beats staying put in a cell? Well, I don’t know. You be the judge.



For the police, it’s merely a case of jail break and a crime not quite solved. For the family, it’s an entire life of unhappiness if they don’t run away. It’s an unfortunate mistake from the beginning to the end. I couldn’t wait to see how it ends, naturally. Still, the movie momentum did pick up and although it ending is not a sad one, it is one that leaves the audience sensing that something is not right. There is no right or wrong in many things about life, and I suppose this is one of them. Yet, I cannot imagine, as the ex-convict (acted by Liam Neeson) so warned early in the film, the stress that he had to go through after the escape will finally tear down his resolve to be free. Will the family of 3 survived happily & freely in a foreign country? It’s anyone guess…

If you're not a fan of Crowe, this might be deserving a lower rating, perhaps a +3. For me though, I'm a fan. Strangely enough, at the beginning of the movie, I kept getting glimpses of him in A Beautiful Mind!
All hell breaks loose! All hell breaks loose!

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February 27, 2011
great review once more
 
February 26, 2011
LOL! I knew you were going to like this one just because of Crowe....you and your men LOL! ;)
February 26, 2011
Oh, not just those gorgeous looking men, LOL... of the 6 films I watched the last 2 days, this one is the best but you missed it for some reasons... Check it out: http://www.lunch.com/MovieHype/reviews/movie...anyon_Aron_Ralston.html
 
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review by . November 21, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
3 ½ Stars: How Far Would You Go To Keep Your Family Together?
Remakes. Seems like Hollywood is at it again. After all the major publicity and promos that “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” had packed in, one wouldn’t be hard-pressed to think that a remake would not be able to compete (let alone be noticed) with an expected money-maker such as that successful  franchise. Ok, I know that doesn’t have anything to do with director Paul Haggis’ “The Next Three Days” besides their release dates but I had to …
review by . March 16, 2011
This got totally eclipsed at the box office by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 1, and for obvious reasons. This also got fairly mixed reviews from critics and I can definitely see why. The Next Three Days isn't heinous or terrible or anything, but its not spectacular by any means and is just plain forgettable. I was never really much of a Russell Crowe fan myself, and I still am rather indifferent towards him, but I can't deny that he is good in this movie, along with Elizabeth …
review by . May 20, 2011
Two themes play out in this film
Two themes play out in this film: a Don Quixote unrealistic quest and fate. A man is totally oblivious to the fact that evidence proves that his wife killed a woman; she was convicted at trial, and lost her appeals. He is in love with her and determined to find a way to break her out of jail. As with the unrealistic Don Quixote, he gets into one problem after another, including being beat up and not having enough cash to carry out his plan. He resorts to robbery. His plan is perfect, but fate intervenes. …
review by . March 30, 2011
Too Slow, Then Too Naive
What this film needs: 1. Decent secondary characters to make the first two acts more interesting.  The roles are there (Olivia Wilde as a neighbor, Brian Denehy as Crowe’s father) but they’re just that – roles.  No meat on the bones. 2. Tommy Lee Jones in “The Fugitive.”   A decent cop antagonist would do WONDERS for this film.  And hey, while he’s trying to foil Crowe’s plan, he could actually tie up the loose ends of whether or not …
review by . December 03, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Is it too much to hope that, when a studio has the wherewithal - and budget - to pull together such cinematic luminaries as Russell Crowe, Brian Dennehy and Liam Neeson, that it won't insult its audience's intelligence with the result? Once upon a time, Hollywood threw its big name stars challenging roles, and they produced erudite, artful, memorable and, well, *thrilling* thrillers, like The Silence of the Lambs, L.A. Confidential or Memento. No longer, apparently. Nowadays the best you'll get …
Quick Tip by . December 11, 2010
Anyone interested in a little further insight into this pretty decent Paul Haggis film, should check out my interview with the director himself ... http://blacksheepreviews.blogspot.com/2010/1...rviews-paul-haggis.html
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A woman is accused of murder. This affects the relationship between her and her husband. Her husband, a professor, takes extreme actions in an attempt to free her from prison.
 
The Next Three Days is a remake of the 2007 French film Pour Elle (Anything for Her) by Fred Cavayé. The plot of Pour Elle involved a teacher Julien (Vincent Lindon) who experienced difficulties when his wife (Diane Kruger) became a suspect in a murder investigation and was arrested. Julien does not believe that his wife is guilty of the crime, and attempts to remove her from the prison.
 
Pour Elle was Cavayé's directing debut. The film was one of the main attractions of the Alliance Française French Film Festival in 2010. Cavayé explained the plot and motivation for making the film, "We wanted to make a real human story about an ordinary man doing an extraordinary thing because he's faced with a miscarriage of justice. The film also talks about courage - saying how you show courage depending on the situation. In France, for example, there were good people who did not go into the Resistance against the Germans."
 
Cavayé told The Age regarding the remake of the film by Haggis, he is eager "To be a spectator of my own film". The director commented on the news his film would be remade by Haggis, "It's a strange feeling. I wrote this story in my very small apartment in Paris. When I saw my name next to Russell Crowe ...
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Director: Paul Haggis
Genre: Thriller
Release Date: November 19, 2010
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Screen Writer: Paul Haggis
Runtime: 122 minutes
Studio: Lionsgate
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