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The Next Three Days
Written by Sandra Fitzpatrick   
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 00:00

The Next Three Days may be classified as an action thriller, but I was caught off guard by the emotional punch it also delivers. I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised since the film is directed by Crash writer/director Paul Haggis who is no stranger to portraying powerful emotions on screen.

The film introduces us to John and Lara Brennan (Russell Crowe and Elizabeth Banks), a typical middle-class couple – perhaps happier than most – who adore each other and their young son. Their world falls apart unexpectedly when Lara is arrested and charged with murdering her boss after they were witnessed in an argument. Skip ahead a few years and the couple are devastated by the realization that Lara has no hope of escaping a life-sentence, transferred to a prison away from her family. John has no choice but to face life without his wife, or to do whatever it takes to break her out.

Leaving his comfort zone doesn’t even begin to describe what the character of John goes through to plan for his wife’s freedom. He uses every ounce of brain-power, pushes his financial and physical limitations, puts himself in harms way and risks the future of his son in order to accomplish what seems impossible. We have to wonder if he’s a little crazy, but in the context of the film it works to show just how desperate he has become. He’ll risk everything to get back what he once had.

The performances are really strong, especially by Crowe and Banks. She has quickly proven herself to be one of the most diverse actresses in Hollywood playing everything from a first time porn star in Zack and Miri Make a Porno to First Wife Laura Bush in the movie W. Can’t wait to see what she does next! Russell Crowe is, of course, bankable in almost anything and rarely missteps (with the exception of last summers’ Robin Hood).

The Next Three Days is surprisingly emotional, but also delivers the action audiences will be expecting. It’s a sure-fire crowd pleaser.


Directed by Paul Haggis, Starring Russell Crowe, Elizabeth Banks

The film is a remake of a 2007 French film titled Pour Elle by Fred Cavayé who also wrote the original story.