T500FC, 460th: The Next Three Days (Paul Haggis, 2010)


Paul Haggis’, the director, last film, is entitled In The Valley Of Ellah. Now, this guy is also a screenwriter. He wrote the last two James Bond movies, Casino Royale and Quantum Of Solace. And was also the screenwriter of other hits such as Million Dollar Baby, Crash, Flags Of Our Fathers, and Letters From Iwo Jima. So, I’m quite sure, despite having made three directorial works prior to this movie, he knows what he is doing with a good cast with the likes of Russell Crowe, Liam Neeson, and Elizabeth Banks too.

This is a story of a husband, played by Russell Crowe, who feels that there is not way out for his wife, who is in jail. He, then, plans for his own version of a breakout, getting information from a famous jailbreak person, played by Liam Neeson, and researching everything from the moment they are released from the hands of the authorities to their great escape. As it was implied when Crowe was having a conversation with Neeson, they need to keep moving and go to a place where U.S. is not at peace.

I usually start this off as something a sense of ‘I found this film interesting…” I’d like to say it is but it was not just the right film for me. I am not saying I didn’t like it but it was the way the film was created. It looked fast and it was kind of boring. I’d like to put some interest in it but whenever I had the chance to grasp it, it went away. I just can’t find what was wrong with what I am watching. But one thing is for sure; I did not enjoy it much.

Maybe it was with Russell Crowe’s felt of hopelessness, as if it was the end of the world. As far as I can remember, his personality should be brave. Then, the trivial stuff wasn’t highlighted, either it happened to fast or it was just not right. And the supposed point of this film that could fall in the thriller or suspense genre was that time when they were in the car and Banks wanted to get off the vehicle. Sadly, that’s it.

That’s why I highlighted at the beginning that this film came from the scriptwriter of the recent James Bond films. I was surprised at the same time. Though I am trying to digest in my mind about this point that, he just doesn’t screen write full-action movies? He can also create films such as this, a restrained thriller of a genre.

I do hope Haggis creates a non-James Bond film that is full of action. We need a film with that genre every year: mindless for some and awesome for some.


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