Like "Pompeii", "3 Days to Kill" has a unnecessarily complicated plot. For example, the story is that Kevin Costner plays Ethan Renner, an experienced CIA agent who is forced into retirement after being diagnosed with brain/lung cancer. However, he is called back into service when a younger agent, Vivi Delay (Amber Heard), needs information from him about a terrorist called "The Wolf." She gets Ethan to commit to the job by giving him an experimental drug which will extend his life. Unfortunately, a side effect of the drug is that it causes him to hallucinate whenever his heart rate gets too high. The only way to stop the hallucinogenic effect of the medicine is to consume large amounts of vodka. The vodka thing is really where the movie leaps into ridiculousness. One would think that after the first hallucination, Ethan would carry a bottle of vodka everywhere but of course not, that would make too much sense. Also mixed into the plot are some African squatters, a few Italian businessmen, and Renner's family drama. Still, unlike "Pompeii", the movie's actors (and not thinking too hard about the plot) make the film a joy to watch.
Costner, a arguably big star from the '90s, seems to be making a much deserved comeback. In "3 Days to Kill" he's likable and is able to convincingly play a veteran CIA agent. He's especially great in his scenes with Academy Award nominee, Hailee Steinfeld. Steinfeld plays his sixteen year old daughter, Zoey. A lot of time in the movie is showing Zoey and Ethan try to reconnect since Ethan's job kept him away from her for most of her life.
"3 Days to Kill" may not be an especially great movie but it is a fun one. Do go see it Hartford. It's playing at the Bow Tie Cinemas.