3 days to kill stars Kevin Costner as a hit man who works for the CIA. Forced into retirement after discovering that he only has a few months to live, he attempts to to reconnect with his estranged wife and daughter. He is then offered an experimental drug that could save his life in exchange for performing a new set of kills. Kevin Costner’s been doing some really good work lately and this movie is no exception. 3 Days To Kill is kind of like Mr. Brooks with a conscience. If you haven’t seen Mr. Brooks, check it out. It’s a very good Kevin Costner movie that wasn’t nearly successful as it should have been.
What makes this film so great is that it mixes multiple tones and holds them together perfectly. Most movies or television shows have one tone throughout with slight variations. This film rotates between hard action to humor to sexy to sentimental. The best scenes involve the humor of Kevin Koster juggling repairing his relationship with his daughter while carrying out his executions. This is one of the most entertaining movies I’ve seen in a while. On top of the multiple tones, the characters are so well developed that you care about what happens to them. If you didn’t then nothing else would work. The sentimental parts work perfectly without being too corny.
The key here is that everything works. This movie is directed by McG who tried the same type of combination with ‘This Means War’ with less sucess. With the help of writer Luc Besson, this film really nails it perfectly. The mixing of action, edginess, drama and humor works seamlessly this time. Most of the credit however, goes to Kevin Costner. I can’t emphasize how great his performance is and how it draws the audience into the story and makes everything else work.
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