The website Rotten Tomatoes says of this movie:?“Russell Crowe and Elizabeth Banks give it their all, but their solid performances aren’t quite enough to compensate for the uneven pace and implausible plot of ‘The Next Three Days’.”
But what The Edge says is give it a go and see what you think, as The Edge honestly reckons it’s the best movie it’s seen since Gerard Butler in ‘Law Abiding Citizen’ (absolutely not to be missed) and that’s saying something.
The Next Three Days’ is a proper movie, if you know where The Edge is coming from (‘The King’s Speech’ and ‘Black Swan’ are namby-pamby by comparison). It’s the sort of film that, if you were going to make one, then hell, why not make a movie exactly like it!
Big bad Russ’s wife is convicted of a murder she swears she didn’t commit, so her college professor husband (Crowe/John Brennan) plots to break her out of jail. OK, OK, The Edge supposes that when you put it like that, it really doesn’t quite ring true in the plausibility stakes, but just watch it and see, because The Edge was hooked/right riveted.
Multiple appeals are filed to get Lara Brennan (Elizabeth Banks) out of the clink, whilst her husband struggles to raise their children and maintain his career. But when her final appeal is rejected and she confesses to preferring suicide to spending the remainder of her days behind bars, Crowe is spurred into action in order to overcome the injustice system that has failed his wife, so seeks the advice of ex-con (Liam Neeson) in order to draw up an airtight plan, knowing that one wrong move will undoubtedly be his families last.
Yeah, yeah, it is a bit ridiculous to assume that a college professor could really turn his hand to busting his bitch out of jail. Then again, if you simply sit back, relax, pour yourself a nice deep glass of wine and open a big packet of Revels, surely anything at all is possible.