Here’s my video review of the “The Next Three Days” from KTKA-49.
In “Crash”—one of the worst Best Picture winners of all time—writer/director Paul Haggis serves up a ridiculous plot filled with convenient connections between multiple characters. The whole mess exists entirely as a platform for a really obvious and insulting sermon about race relations.
So it’s no surprise that his new movie “The Next Three Days,” starring Russell Crowe, also suffers from a pretty far-fetched premise. A remake of a French film, it involves a devoted husband’s decision to break his wife out of prison after every appeal has been exhausted in the courts.
What is surprising, however, is that “The Next Three Days” is not nearly as heavy-handed or preachy as “Crash.” Part of that credit goes to Crowe, who is so good he could probably inject a believable amount of humanity into a floor lamp.
Even though Crowe has been an action hero on many occasions, he doesn’t look like one here. He’s pudgy and internalized. And while it may seem far-fetched that a schoolteacher would put together a multi-layered breakout scheme by Googling and watching some YouTube videos, Crowe feels very much like an ordinary guy in extraordinary circumstances.
From low-key character drama to suspense thriller, there are a couple of missteps along the way. Crowe’s relationship with his wife, played by Elizabeth Banks, doesn’t quite hold the weight it should and Haggis ties up the loose ends with an exclamation point, removing any hint of ambiguity, but once the suspense portion of the movie gets going, “The Next Three Days” can be pretty enthralling.