Over the years Luc Besson has delivered some of the best action films out there. He has constantly come up with some great new concepts that while they don’t always work in the final product they always have the best potential. Now he looks to be taking Kevin Costner the same route he did with Liam Neeson and bringing him back as an action star with the latest 3 Days to Kill directed by McG. Along with him is Hailee Steinfeld and the always beautiful Amber Heard but does it pack the action punch that Taken had to kick Costner back into the forefront again?
3 Days to Kill follows a dangerous international spy determined to give up his high-stakes life to finally build a closer relationship with his estranged wife and daughter, whom he's previously kept at arm's length to keep out of danger. But first, he must complete one last mission even if it means juggling the two toughest assignments yet: hunting down the world’s most ruthless terrorist and looking after his teenage daughter. Costner made a few great returns to the big screen in supporting roles in Man of Steel and Jack Ryan, but this time around he is front and center and better than ever. He has embraced his age for this role and the rugged older exterior actually helps the performance. His character has both health and personal issues that affect him throughout the film that forces him to bounce between a wide variety of emotions all while maintaining the cold blooded killer persona. Steinfeld does a fine job as an annoying teenager with her best scenes bouncing off Costner. The rest of the cast do a decent enough job to keep things moving, but the usually fun Heard was just over the top bad. Not sure what she was trying to do with this character, but it just did not work.
The story struggles to find its footing trying to juggle the action story as well as the family storyline. It works overall, but never seems to really let it settle and focus on either one. Thankfully there is just enough humor in the film that it keeps it entertaining. While Costner doesn’t have as good of hand to hand skills as Neeson’s Taken character, he sure as hell will fill you full of lead with perfection. There are plenty of high octane action sequences that Costner executes perfectly that will keep any action fan satisfied. There are a few moments that are a bit silly in the direction or scenario, but still manage to be a fun action film. This film is a bit predictable at times, but a great step in the right direction for Costner and will hopefully be just the beginning for more action roles for him.
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