3 DAYS TO KILL (2014)

FEBRUARY 27, 2014

I can say with all sincerity that 3 DAYS TO KILL was one of the worst action films I have seen in recent years, if not my entire life. No Joke. 

Trust me, I like dumb action films and Luc Besson has made some great ones. Done right, you can switch off your brain and they can be enjoyable and entertaining. 

Not this movie. 

Tedious is the first word that comes to mind. 

For one of the simplest premises in recent years (aka “Hey Kevin Costner, hunt down this terrorist”) it seems more fixated on his relationship with his daughter than the actual plot. As a matter of fact, major characters just disappear for extended lengths of times (including the main antagonist) as the movie comes to a grinding halt so Costner can teach his daughter (Hailee Steinfeld) how to ride a bike and not get raped by effeminate French boys. 

When there is action, it is uninspired and lackluster. To make matters worse, the title doesn’t seem to have any relevance to the story. SPOILER ALERT: Costner is dying but he’s given 3 months to live and then there’s a cure but nothing is said about how many shots he needs of it or how it exactly helps him. 

These injections make him dizzy whenever his heart rate goes up, but if he drinks copious amounts of vodka it stabilizes him. However ludicrous that sounds here, it’s far worse in the film because it’s never consistent. There are times his heart would be racing that it doesn’t affect him and other times when he’s lying down relaxing and it does. 

Also, just from a logic standpoint, wouldn’t you carry a flask of vodka with you at all times in case one of these sudden attacks came on, so you weren’t essentially crippled while trying to save your daughter! 

Uggghhhhhh…I’ve already spent too much time talking about this movie. Folks, it’s bad. It could have been fun if time was spent focusing the script but it wasn’t and we’re left with an almost 2 hour movie that feels like it takes “3 Days To Watch.”