The Next Three Days

One of my favorite things about TV shows, books, and movies is that a lot of times you find yourself rooting for the bad guy. Whether it's a crew trying to rob a Vegas casino in Ocean's Eleven, or some soft hearted bank robbers in The Town (which by the way was fantastic), it's always fun to me to root for the bad guy.

The Next Three Days has you rooting for the husband of an alleged murderer as he tries to help his wife escape from jail in Pittsburgh. Russell Crowe is probably one of the few actors in Hollywood that could have carried this movie. I'm trying to think of any scenes that he is not in, and only one or two come to mind. For any of the women out there, I doubt this is a bad thing. For the rest, it's a good thing because it turns out the Academy is pretty smart, he's a damn good actor.

It's a little difficult to go in depth on the movie without giving away too much of the plot. I definitely enjoyed this movie, even after I stupidly read a national newspaper's review on Friday. It caught me a little off guard that Crowe's character goes from a local community college teacher, to a skilled marksman, and master planner. But that temporary suspension of disbelief will come in handy throughout the film.

Paul Haggis did a terrific job directing the film, there are some really great shots that he has of the city of Pittsburgh, and some sketchy areas of town that Russell Crowe ventures into.

I certainly recommend checking it out, and leaving some comments below letting me know what you thought. If you are only checking it out because you are a Liam Neeson fan, you may be a tad disappointed that he is listed as "starring" in this film, his one scene is good, but hardly a game changer.

The Next Three Days
Directed by: Paul Haggis
Written by: Paul Haggis, Fred Cavaye, and Guillaume Lemans
Starring: Russell Crowe, and Elizabeth Banks
My Rating: 4 out of 5
Would Gene Pick It?: Yes

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