I’m not quite sure what this movie set out to be – a serious CIA thriller, another Bourne/Reacher/Ryan attempt to duplicate what James Bond achieved and spawn a remarkable franchise, or a slapstick comedy that didn’t take itself too seriously, but delighted in the thrill of action and explosions in the same manner as films like Die Hard, Mr and Mrs Smith or This Means War did. But whatever its intention was, it failed.
Starting off as a set up to what could be a serious albeit cliched film – the journeyman agent, the one evil genius still at large, that one last job before calling it a day – the film quickly loses itself in a way that it never quite recovers from. With a wooden performance by Amber Heard, and scenes and dialogue that belong in a Robert Rodriguez film, 3 Days to Kill never lives up to the potential of what it could’ve been. Not quite action, not quite spy thriller, not quite comedy, and so many botched attempts at sentimentality that it becomes almost like a soap opera in its execution.
A solid performance by Kevin Costner, who’s gone along the lines of Liam Neeson in perfecting the senior bad ass role, but even Costner wasn’t enough to give this film plausability. I’ve watched it once and I think that was enough.
4 out of 10 stars