Charlie's Angels director McG used to know how to marshal a decent action scene (if nothing else), but that touch seems to have deserted him.
J. R. Jones
Every gag is premised on the fact that Renner allows his work and personal lives to overlap, though this contradicts everything we've been told about him and would obviously heighten the risk to his loved ones.
Pure trash but it's entertaining as hell.
The movie never finds a way to blend the emotional and the rat-a-tat-tat into one seamless package the way that Besson did in his one and only good movie, The Professional.
How did 3 Days to Kill, which doesn't have the worst imaginable premise, turn out this bad?
To the degree that the film works, it's because Costner plays the straight man.
A comic-tragic-sentimental genre hodgepodge that wants to make you feel all the feelings amid all that action spectacle. It doesn't entirely deliver, but at times you can't help but admire its strangeness.
Just sit back and enjoy. "3 Days to Kill" is big dumb fun anchored by a good actor's refusal to take himself too seriously.
It's the modern dilemma: how to balance work with family, get the job done, and still have time to share a meal with the wife and kid.