Thrillers are hard to write.
There, I said it. It is very difficult to get the audience to pay attention to your ever-twisting plot, as well as making sure that they care about the characters involved. Throw in having the story make sense, and you’ve got quite the workload. Knowing their susceptibility to failure because of all of this, I was obviously a little anxious when I began watching “The Next Three Days”.
Just watching the first half hour, I already had mixed feelings. Early on, the story seemed to have a little trouble deciding who to focus on. The writing was good and I kind of liked the quick start, but it just felt strange.
It keeps the plot moving okay, though it does get a little dragged-out during the end. The conversations between the cops are stupid, and there are probably too many of them.
Russel Crowe is pretty good as the protagonist, with few other good performances to talk about. Elizabeth Banks, however, is absolutely deplorable as his wife. Maybe it was kind of written that way, but she comes off as a greedy, self-centered witch.
The sets are certainly believable, especially during the chase sequences. They are also varied, but almost a little too much. Sometimes I had trouble keeping track of where the characters were.
The sound and gun effects were good, for what shooting there was. Enough decent car stunts, but nothing too violent overall. I do think that this helped speak to the non-violent approach of the main character in general, he was a school teacher after all.
Decent little thriller movie that’s assembled well, but you can start to see the seams towards the end. The run time doesn’t help this.
Good for a family without small children, or a college dorm movie night.
P.S.- Also, random Liam Neeson cameo? WTF?