3 Days To Kill 2014

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As a producer, Luc Besson has churned out so many impersonal thrillers that it’s surprising that his collaboration with McG is grounded in a domestic situation; Ethan Renner (Kevin Costner) is give a few days to live, and returns to Paris to make peace with his ex-wife (Connie Nielsen) and his daughter Zoey (Hailee Steinfeld), neither of whom are particularly sympathetic since they’ve been side-lined to allow Renner to perform his heroic duties before.  Renner is offered a temporary stay of execution by operative Vivi Delay (Amber Heard), and struggles to balance his family reconciliation with the missions that Vivi sends him on. ‘Welcome to the century’ snaps Zoey as she installs Icona Pop’s I Love It as Renner’s ringtone, and 3 Days to Kill has a great joke whereby Renner’s phone goes off an inappropriate moments. Some of the other humorous touches are regrettable, and McG doesn’t seem to have much more than style to offer; his film has too much lame family friendly comedy, and too little action, although there are moments when the two gels nicely, such as a discussion about the differences between moustaches and goatees. 3 Days to Kill has a wayward tone, but represents a welcome return to the action genre for Costner.

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