There are pros and cons to any film with a simplistic plot. One could argue that McG’s (2012’s This Means War) is a fun action film where the good guy is to trying to stop the bad guy or one could say that the plot isn’t detailed enough and there’s not enough character development for any of the characters. In 3 Days To Kill, McG delivers his typical action-packed scenes, while Costner excels as our hero.
Secret Service agent Ethan Renner (Kevin Costner) has just learned that he has brain cancer and only a few months left to live. After hearing the news, Ethan attempts to reconnect with his estranged teenage daughter Zoey (Hailee Steinfeld) in Paris, France, where she lives with her mother Christine (Connie Nielsen).
Whilst trying to rekindle his relationship with Zoey, mysterious rogue agent Vivi (Amber Heard) persuades Ethan to do one last assignment in exchange for an experimental drug that could save his life.
The editing of this film is all over the place and there are times when sequences intertwine and have absolutely nothing to do with each other. During a violent action scene, the editing flips back and forth between that and Hailee Steinfeld’s character kissing her boyfriend. It was just plain awkward and did nothing for the story. There are also side plots that take away from the story at large, with their purpose trying to show that Ethan is a decent person, but end up being totally unnecessary and making the film feel overlong.
3 Days To Kill certainly doesn’t fault from the incredible talent in it. Kevin Costner is the perfect choice to play ill Secret Service agent Ethan Renner. Costner has the ability to play a range of characters, like a soft charmer in a romantic comedy, and endearing father or a badass who can handle a gun. In this film, he gets to play a little of each, without denying that his best scenes are when he’s beating the crap out of the bad guys. Costner hasn’t lost his touch and lifts the mediocre screenplay a great deal.
Amber Heard is easily the best part of the movie. It’s unfortunate that the screenplay didn’t allow more screen time for her character. Between her vicious handgun action scenes, sassy dialogue, fabulous blonde wig, and those killer heels, Heard gives the perfect portrayal of an agent gone rogue. Not to mention, she is one of the most beautiful actresses working today and pair that with her immense talent to steal every scene she’s in, we are sure to see more of this young beauty in the near future.
Although Luc Besson’s (Leon: The Professional) screenplay isn’t his strongest, Kevin Costner proves that he can still deliver even in his 50s and Amber Heard manages to steal every scene with her vamp red lipstick and gorgeous stilettos.