3 DAYS TO KILL | BLU RAY REVIEW & GIVEAWAY

3 DAYS TO KILL is a somewhat comical action film. Call it Costner’s attempt at TAKEN (Liam Neeson) but made by McG. I love Costner, he has been one of my fave actors for years. Probably because when I started working in cinemas DANCES WITH WOLVES came out not long after and basically the film played for so long it literally set the tone to the environment to work. That soundtrack still hums around inside my brain. That and all the films he has made I have generally always enjoyed. I even loved WATERWORLD and THE BODYGUARD is just brilliant, as is THE GUARDIAN. I saw 3 DAYS TO KILL months and months ago at the cinemas but saw it long after release and did not bother with a review at the time. Lucky for us (and you) the good peeps at Roadshow offered us up 5x copies of the “Extended Cut” Blu Ray to giveaway. The “Extended Cut” runs for 122mins and is rated M, find out how to win down below.

 

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3 DAYS TO KILL | SALTY POPCORN BLU RAY REVIEW | AUSTRALIAN BLU RAY COVER

 

REVIEW BY JASON KING

Costner plays Ethan Renner, a CIA, “dangerous international spy'” who is well seasoned, the guy is a pro and has seen a lifetime of service. On one job he gets really ill and basically collapses during a chase, allowing the “bad guy” to get away. Doctors suss him out and “sorry big guy, you have a horrible case of cancer and will be dead in no time.” He is no longer a man of the CIA and that’s that – thanks for nothing. He decides in his final weeks to go home, try and get to reconnect with his (ex?) wife and daughter, of whom he never sees due to being all international man of mystery and assassination.

They aren’t really interested and he has to work hard to try and win them back. Just when he starts getting close to them the ex has to head out of town so Renner is left to look after his estranged daughter and some psycho cartoon character woman CIA agent turns up spouting that she has a miracle treatment that can possibly heal his cancer if he does one more job for the CIA, why she couldn’t just do it herself we will never know.

 

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3 DAYS TO KILL | SALTY POPCORN BLU RAY REVIEW | ETHAN RENNER (KEVIN COSTNER)

 

The screenplay from Luc Besson (Leon: The Professional, The 5th Element) would have been better as a comic book and the direction from McG was good but bad but bad but good. It has some epic action scenes, and some good fighting scenes, some comical scenes involving torture but for a film that takes itself seriously it does some seriously silly stuff, and the woman CIA agent, Vivi Delay (Amber Heard) while gorgeous and a black leather fetish fantasy woman for men and lesbians the world over is one of the most ridiculous characters I have seen on film.

If it wasn’t for Costner, this film would have been straight to DVD. His seasoned skills hold it together and he is a likable guy and so easy to watch on film, personally I think it’s his voice – it hits a harmonic tone when he speaks that makes you like him more. The acting from Hailee Steinfeild and Connie Nielsen is fine but the entire family dynamic thing just felt off in many ways. During the dance scene I did not even find him to be her father and felt it looked more dirty old man with younger girl and the bodyguard scene where he picks her up and carries her out of a nightclub bathroom literally had me guffawing at the film, not with it. It doesn’t help that the daughter is basically unlikable and their chemistry is just wrong, by the end I really didn’t care if they ended up as loving father/ daughter or not. Why was she written to be so unlikable? And please at age 16 if you haven’t learned how to ride a bike because daddy wasn’t around then that isn’t daddy’s fault – it’s yours for being a lazy brat.

 

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3 DAYS TO KILL | SALTY POPCORN BLU RAY REVIEW | VIVI DELAY (AMBER HEARD) SHOOTING SOMEONE

 

The film, as I said, has some great action scenes and two great car chases and it lifts when Costner’s Renner becomes a little care free and bluntly adds humour to his routine, like getting the Italian guy he is about to interrogate to speak to his daughter and tell her how to make Italian sauce, or when he has some back and forth with the daughter’s boyfriend. Costner can definitely do action man, can definitely do dry humour and he is pretty much the only thing worth seeing the film for, the rest is pretty standard to subpar. What happened to Luc Besson? A man that presented so much film greatness to the world that pretty much delivers ordinary these days and McG has always been pretty ordinary but he can do some fun stuff. CHARLIE’S ANGELS was enjoyable and I didn’t mind TERMINATOR SALVATION or THIS MEANS WAR but this is POOR.

I didn’t hate the film, I can pretty much watch Costner in anything- win yourself a copy and tell me what you think, or go and rent the movie from all home entertainment places.

 

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With special thanks to Roadshow Entertainment to win one of the 5x BLU RAYS of 3 DAYS TO KILL (Extended Cut) you need to either like and share this post on Facebook or retweet/ favourite it on Twitter, you then need to answer the following question. 

Firstly, just an FYI on how to increase chances of winning a salty comp; commenting on the review generally holds you in better stead of winning as opposed to just comp sexing :)

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE KEVIN COSTNER FILM OF ALL TIME AND WHY? Mine would probably DANCES WITH WOLVES, but I have no shame in telling people I love WATERWORLD and THE GUARDIAN was superb.

If you do not have Facebook and Twitter then you can still enter, leave your entry below and email me at jking@saltypopcorn.com.au telling me you don’t have social media (you still need to enter the comp on the website).

Prizes will be awarded based on skill and selected purely on the thoughts of the judges, said judges being the Salty Kernels, more likely ME.

The prizes will be sent in the next week or two. Good luck! Oh, and minor housekeeping – huge apologies for overseas readers, this competition is only available to Australian residents.

 

 

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