Dying of brain cancer, a dangerous international spy is determined to give up his high stakes life to finally build a closer relationship with his estranged wife and daughter, whom he's previously kept at arm's length to keep out of danger; but first, he must complete one last mission - even if it means juggling the two toughest assignments yet: hunt down the world's most ruthless terrorist and look after his teenage daughter for the first time in ten years while his wife is out of town. Written by
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Ethan frequently uses a silencer on his Glock 17. In order to use a silencer, the barrel needs to have threads to screw the silencer to; which makes the barrel longer. In scenes where the silencer is being attached and used, a longer barrel is clearly visible. In scenes where the silencer is not used, the barrel is the standard length. See more »
Mr. Director, this is Agent Vivien Delay.
For the last ten years the Central Intelligence Agency has been after Wolfgang Braun.
As you know, we have no positive identification of what the Wolf looks like. What we do know is he's a former German national who sells atomic material to terrorists all over the world.
Intelligence confirms that a transaction is to take place next week in Belgrade.
[throws down pictures]
The Wolf's number one man, the Albino, will be selling a ...
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"The wolf is the most dangerous terrorist this world has ever faced.
Only you can stop him."
Despite not having a great tracking record, there have been a few of
McG's movies that I shamelessly found slightly entertaining. 3 Days to
Kill began with some promise and I was enjoying Kevin Costner's lead
action role, but that feeling didn't last too long once the action
scenes and comedy became repetitive. Luc Besson has directed some of my
favorite films, but as a screenwriter he hasn't had much success with
his latest films. I do have to admit he is trying something different
by mixing genres, which partially worked for me in The Family, but it
fell flat in 3 Days to Kill. The screenplay was weak, Costner's
character kept on having ridiculous blackouts during every climactic
scene, the father daughter relationship problems that tried to play out
as a comedy were repetitive, and the villains never felt menacing. The
only positive thing about 3 Days to Kill were the action scenes and
Kevin Costner's star power. It's what he have come to expect from Luc
Besson over the past years, some strong actions scenes but poorly
written dialogues. 3 Days to Kill feels might have been directed by
McG, but it feels much more like a lesser Besson film.
3 Days to Kill opens with a scene at the CIA headquarters where Agent
Vivi (Amber Heard) is given an assignment to hunt down a terrorist
known as The Wolf (Richard Sammel). No one has actually seen him
before, but his associate, The Albino (Tomas Lemarquis) is supposedly
going to meet up with him at an international hotel. They also mention
to Vivi that they have an agent on the ground named Ethan (Kevin
Costner) whose only mission is to take down The Albino. The film then
focuses on Ethan as he is getting the job done, but all of a sudden one
of the agents is compromised and things get out of control. Ethan saves
the day but just as he is about to capture his target he suffers a
blackout and wakes up in a hospital where he is told that he has cancer
and only a few months to live. He decides to spend his last months in
Paris where his ex-wife, Tina (Connie Nielsen), and his teenage
daughter, Zooey (Hailee Steinfeld) live. He always had trouble
balancing work with family and that eventually led to him losing them,
but with only a few months to live he wants to make amends. Right after
he arrives in Paris, Vivi shows up with an experimental drug that could
save his life with the only condition that he finish the job by hunting
down The Wolf and The Albino. In order to spend more time with his
family, he accepts, but balancing out work and family proves to be a
very difficult task.
I was glad that Kevin Costner got a lead action role and I thought he
was pretty solid despite the weak character he was given. He might not
be as menacing as Liam Neeson, but he is very charismatic. He had a
smaller action role at the beginning of the year in Jack Ryan where he
was also solid. Amber Heard gave a strange performance, but she looked
great nonetheless. The cast was quite solid with Hailee Steinfeld also
delivering, but my major issue had to do with the repetitive storyline
and the way the final third of the film played out.
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