The Next Three Days
This is quite a unique thriller starring Russell Crowe and Elizabeth Banks. What it's about is Crowe trying to deviously rescue his wife, Banks, from jail after she's supposedly wrongly convicted of a murder two years previous to his escape attempt.
After two years of tolerating his wife being in the slammer and finding out that 'there's no way she's going to be released', he decides to arrange a meeting with prison escape expert Liam Neeson, who tells him a few tricks of the trade. He then tries to pull off rescuing her from her injustice, taking her and their son to a new country to start a new life, one where the CIA and FBI aren't on their backs trying to lock them up.
Overall, I think this a very good film, as it has a good level of action, blended together with intrigue and mystery, and it just generally keeps you thinking and wondering what's going to happen. At the end of the film, you're genuinely sitting up in your chair drawn in and mentally urging them on.
It triggers your emotions a bit as well, as you get really involved in the plot and want the characters to succeed. It makes you feel the tragedy, the sympathy, the panic and then the relief. You really connect with the film and the characters, which is a very good trait in a film. That also shows how much it grabs you and makes you care so much about the final outcome of the plot.
You can't beat a thriller. It's a well known scientific fact. They're just better than other films when they're done well. And that's what this film is, it's got action, mystery, edge of your seat tension, suspense, intrigue and romance. It really grabs you and gets you hooked on the storyline, especially during the action- packed, race against time ending.
The drawback of it is that it probably goes on a little bit longer than it needs to, but I suppose that builds up the suspense all the more. A lot of the great films are on for a long time, because they build the suspense- Jaws and Jurassic Park, for instance. Although this film doesn't end up with human hungry creatures terrorising the land.
In conclusion, I think this is a terrific thriller. It's very clever and deceptive and that's what you want in this sort of film. It has sex appeal in Elizabeth Banks and Olivia Wilde and it doesn't really have anything mising from it. The best things about it are the cleverness of it and the way the story twists and makes you think, it just glues you to the screen.
I'd definately rate this as a 'must see movie' and would give it an 8 out of 10 (not cats).