Like many movies, I wasn’t expecting much when I checked it out to watch it. This time I was pleasantly surprised. 3 Days to Kill is an action flick, but with lots of dark humor interspersed to take the edge off. Although the film is rated PG-13 , it is very violent; lots of shooting, car chases, torturing and beatings. Much of the action has a comic edge which makes it easier to watch than if the movie just played it straight.
Kevin Costner plays Ethan Renner, a veteran CIA killer who finds out he has cancer and only a few months to live. He decides to spend his remaining time getting to know his teenage daughter (Hailee Steinfeld), whom he has mostly ignored due to his CIA activities. He also wants to reconcile with his estranged wife (played by Connie Nielsen.) The CIA has other plans for him and sends Vivi Delay (played by Amber Heard) with an experimental drug which will lengthen his life and ostensibly give him more time with his family. But there is a catch, of course. Renner must hunt down a terrorist in exchange for the drug.
The humor really does a lot to lighten the mood. In fact without humor, this movie would be very unpleasant and unappealing. Renner trying to reclaim his humanity by connecting with his family also lightens the mood of this movie. The scenes with him bonding with his daughter are particularly touching. In one scene he beats the crap out of four guys trying to assault her in a night club bathroom. What father wouldn’t want to do that to protect his daughter?
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Worth a look if you like action films with a dash of humor.
Skip it if you don’t like Kevin Costner.