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Movie Review: THE NEXT THREE DAYS [m]
The set-up for Rusty's latest vehicle is thus: a perfectly happy couple find their middling middle-aged existence shattered when wifey gets wrongly convicted for murder. Three years on, after exhausting every legal avenue open to him (including buying a down-on-its-luck rugby league club, clubbing snooty concierges with telecommunication devise and acting like a 30-odd foot total d**k), hubby decides the only option is to bust his old lady out of prison. As far as jailbreak flicks go, it's not bad but nothing special. And, ofcourse, the token twist at the end is telegraphed well before it should be.Then again, if i was married to Russell Crowe, I'd wanna off someone, too. Whops! did i just give away this entire movie? Fear not as much as it pains me to say it the whole movie can't be summed up in that little sentence there is plenty more action and adventure for you to enjoy.
Interesting plot line which i haven't seen done to often although i am a young movie buff, possibly if they had of tweaked the script slightly (or even read it before starting the movie) it could have had the potential to be really good, not Gladiator good but good nonetheless. I would love to see a graph of Crowe's age compared to action scenes in his movies cause i'm sure there would be a dramatic decline over the years. In this one he just seemed to actively steer away from violence and confrontation, since when does RUSTY run from a fight? As for the rest of the cast, Liam Neeson fantastic as always and Liz Banks played a perfect scared wife (i wonder if she talked to his actual wife for inspiration?), whilst not new to the big screen i defiantly think this role will set her in good steed for the future whereas it may see old Russell over looked for a few. All in all your average run of the mill sort of action movie!