The Twenty-First Century

The Next Three Days [2010]

Russel Crowe gives a top notch performance in “The Next Three Days”, one of the most underrated movies of the year. We follow the story of a married couple, whose life is turned upside down when the wife is accused of murdering her boss. It seems she was seen leaving the scene of the crime and her fingerprints are all over the murder weapon. Her husband John will spend the next 3 years trying to get her released, but there’s no evidence that indicates she is innocent. In a desperate attempt, John decides to break her out of prison. I won’t reveal more about the plot, but it’s important to know that this isn’t really an action movie. The plot might lead you to think otherwise, and if you’re looking for something with more “action” in it, then you might want to watch “Faster” instead. “The Next Three Days” spends more time developing its characters, and I liked that about it. It gives us a chance to get to know the characters more, and when the time comes for John to break his wife out of prison, we actually have a reason to care and root of them. Yes the story has its flaws, and it goes on a bit too long, but the end result is totally satisfying, so all is forgiven. Try to figure out how many charges Crowe would eventually be brought on in real life. Only in the movies folks! Liam Neeson has a small, but memorable role as an ex convict (is he in every movie out there or what?).

Rating: 3/4

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