The Next Three Days (2010) – 7/10 prison escape thriller movie review

Cast / crew
Director: Paul Haggis
Writer (Screenplay): Paul Haggis
Producer: Michael Nozik
Producer: Paul Haggis
Producer: Olivier Delbosc
Producer: Marc Missonnier
Russell Crowe: John Brennan
Elizabeth Banks: Lara Brennan
Brian Dennehy: George Brennan
Lennie James: Lieutenant Nabulsi
Olivia Wilde: Nicole
Ty Simpkins: Luke
Helen Carey: Grace Brennan
Liam Neeson: Damon Pennington
Director (Original Film) Pour Elle: Fred Cavayé
Writer (Original Screenplay) Pour Elle: Fred Cavayé
Writer (Original Screenplay) Pour Elle: Guillaume Lemans

The Next Three Days (2010)

After running out of legal options and in the face of significant evidence, a husband who believes in his wife’s innocence of murdering her boss desperately starts to formulate an escape plan.

7/10

While it doesn’t seem to have much depth, this refreshingly straight-forward prison escape movie does take it’s subject rather more seriously than most and easily keeps your attention throughout. It works hard to ground the film in reality and makes the intriguing decision to largely portray Crowe’s wife as abrasive and probably guilty. When it gets to the escape itself, it remains fairly grounded, especially when portraying law enforcement agencies as organised and intelligent. Russell Crowe is fat but good and easily carries the movie. Everyone else does their bit and writer / director Paul Haggis keeps it moving smoothly. However, despite all the high quality work on show, iIt’s probably really important not to look too closely afterward.

This movie contains a single sexual swear word, adult dialogue and violence and sensuality.

Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

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