In his role as producer and scriptwriter, Luc Besson churns out another testosterone-fuelled action-thriller to complement ‘The Transporter’, ‘Taken’ and ‘Brick Mansions’.
Like those pictures, ‘3 Days To Kill’ splices a preposterous plot with explosive set pieces and offbeat humour, casting Kevin Costner as a former CIA agent who is wooed back into active service in the final months of his blood-stained life.
Besson’s script, co-written by Adi Hasak, is crudely and clumsily constructed, and peppered with scenes of staggering implausibility. For example, the gun-toting hero’s daughter enjoys her first kiss at a society party, completely oblivious to the deafening booms and crashes of a shootout downstairs.
As the title suggests, the film unfolds in a restricted timeframe, which should heighten suspense. Instead, it increases the likelihood of unintentional hilarity.
Elite CIA operative Ethan Renner (Costner) is involved in a high-profile operation to capture The Albino (Tomas Lemarquis), henchman of notorious arms trafficker The Wolf (Richard Sammel).
‘3 Days To Kill’ bores and bemuses in equal measure as Costner struggles to conjure emotion that clearly isn’t in the script. Heard is a clothes horse, who pouts and preens in skin-tight outfits on killer heels that would surely impede her ability as a hit woman. Breathless action sequences demonstrate no fluidity between scenes and sharp changes in tone from sadistic violence to humour are disorienting with the running time feeling uncomfortably longer than two hours.