Let’s just start this by listing who’s involved with The Next Three Days. First, we’ve got writer-director Paul Haggis. Don’t recognize the name? He was behind 2004’s Crash, for which he won an Oscar. He also wrote both of the Daniel Craig Bond movies, plus Million Dollar Baby. The man is as talented as they come.
Next we’ve got Russell Crowe and Elizabeth Banks as our two leads. Banks is a somewhat interesting choice (an unknown may have worked better), but Crowe has an Oscar under his belt too for Gladiator. The supporting cast is just as strong.
Liam Neeson and Olivia Wilde are joined by Brian Dennehy (Death of a Salesman) and Jonathan Tucker (In the Valley of Elah), among others. So with a great director and a solid cast, will we have an excellent film? I’m not so sure.
It reminded me a little too much of Edge of Darkness with a hint of Law Abiding Citizen. I enjoyed Law Abiding Citizen, but thought Edge of Darkness was awful. Of course, it’s just a trailer, but trailers are supposed to be strong selling points for a film. After watching this, I’m not at all sold.
Synopsis: Life seems perfect for John Brennan until his wife, Lara, is arrested for a gruesome murder she says she didn’t commit. Three years into her sentence, John is struggling to hold his family together, raising their son and teaching at college while he pursues every means available to prove her innocence. With the rejection of their final appeal, Lara becomes suicidal and John decides there is only one possible, bearable solution: to break his wife out of prison. Refusing to be deterred by impossible odds or his own inexperience, John devises an elaborate escape plot and plunges into a dangerous and unfamiliar world, ultimately risking everything for the woman he loves.
The Next Three Days hits theaters November 19.