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3 Days to Kill

3 Days to Kill

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Director: McG,

Cast: Kevin Costner, Amber Heard, Hailee Steinfeld


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A terminally ill Secret Service agent is coaxed out of retirement for one last job in exchange for an experimental drug that could save his life, and give him more time with his estranged family. For decades Ethan Runner (Kevin Costner) has kept his dangerous career a carefully guarded secret -- not even his wife and daughter know what


A terminally ill Secret Service agent is coaxed out of retirement for one last job in exchange for an experimental drug that could save his life, and give him more time with his estranged family. For decades Ethan Runner (Kevin Costner) has kept his dangerous career a carefully guarded secret -- not even his wife and daughter know what he really does for a living. Shortly after receiving a grim medical diagnosis, Ethan decides to give up his dangerous career for one last shot at being a decent husband and father. Meanwhile, Ethan has been tasked with watching his daughter while his wife goes out of town for a few days. But when the agency offers Ethan a life-saving cure in exchange for capturing a notorious terrorist, he reluctantly accepts. Now, with his daughter's safety in his hands for the first time in a decade and the powerful drug's debilitating side effects taking hold, the hunt begins. Amber Heard, Hailee Steinfeld, and Connie Nielsen co-star.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
3 Days to Kill pairs the subtlety-free direction of McG with a script co-written by international popcorn-cinema superstar Luc Besson, and the result is an action comedy that delivers a couple of satisfying gunfights, lands a few funny moments, and fumbles the dramatic beats. Kevin Costner plays grizzled CIA agent Ethan Renner, who botches his latest assignment -- taking out an international criminal known as "the Albino", who's an associate of an even bigger criminal mastermind called "the Wolf" -- and learns he has brain cancer that has spread to his lungs. After being told that the CIA no longer requires his services and, even worse, that he has at best five months to live, Ethan travels to Paris in order to reconnect with his long-suffering wife Christine (Connie Nielsen) and estranged teenage daughter Zoey (Hailee Steinfeld), whom he hasn't seen since she was a little girl. The women in his life are mad that he abandoned them for his job with the CIA, and while Ethan intends to spend his final months winning them over, a sexy agent named Vivi Delay (Amber Heard) appears and offers to give him an experimental drug that will buy him more time if he helps her hunt down the Wolf. As a result, Ethan divides his time between Zoey's boyfriend problems, torturing people for info that could lead to his target, and fighting off the hallucinogenic side effects of the serum -- which may or may not be working. With its focus on the relationship between a cynical assassin and a temperamental teen girl, 3 Days to Kill feels much more like a Luc Besson movie than it does a McG flick. Sure, the Charlie's Angels auteur's cartoonish style is here -- most obviously in the hyperkinetic gunfight that plays out before the opening credits roll -- but the film spends far more time inside Ethan's head than you might expect. Unfortunately, Costner, who is obviously hoping for the kind of late-career breakthrough that Liam Neeson scored when he worked with Besson in Taken, just isn't an engaging enough dramatic actor to sell the heart-tugging scenes. In addition, the gloriously over-the-top action sequences don't mesh well with the earnest passages about a dying man making up for old hurts he's caused. The tonal shifts are beyond McG's capabilities, and Costner doesn't bring enough gravitas to make these moments ring true. What he does still have is some decent comic timing, and 3 Days to Kill is quite funny whenever Zoey calls her dad with a personal problem while he's in the middle of business -- say, electrocuting a limo driver who might have some crucial info. In those scenes, Costner's earnestness adroitly plays against the grisliness of the situation, and the results -- especially a fantastic bit involving his daughter's pressing need for a spaghetti-sauce recipe -- have a winning sitcom vibe that explores the tension a father feels balancing work with his home life. If they had cast a more commanding actor or rewrote the script a few more times to punch up the comedy, 3 Days to Kill could have been a memorable spin on very familiar material. As it is now, McG and company have whipped up nothing more than a time-killing programmer designed to make as much money around the globe as it does in the States.

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20th Century Fox
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[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kevin Costner Ethan Runner
Amber Heard Vivi Delay
Hailee Steinfeld Zooey Renner
Connie Nielsen Christine Renner
Tomas Lemarquis The Albino
Richard Sammel The Wolf
Marc Andréoni Mitat Yilmaz
Bruno Ricci Guido
Jonas Bloquet Hugh
Eriq Ebouaney Jules
Joakhim Sigue Abbate
Alison Valence Sumia
Big John Louis
Michael Vander-Meiren Jacques
Paolo Calia JPG Salesman
Eric Naggar Attorney
Alexis Jacquin Young Man
Frédéric Malahieude Tied Up Man
Patty Hannock School Principal
Marine Guillaud Mitat's Wife
Alizée Delaruelle Twin Girl #1
Ilyana Delaruelle Twin Girl #2
Laurent Richard Sergeant
Xavier Lemaitre Handsome Banker
Romane Ferreira Young Zooey
Philippe Reyno Young Agent Vivi
Axel Keravec Kid in the Bus
Laure Gouget Mother of Kid in the Bus
Rupert Wynne James Hugh's Father
Clément Boegler Waiter
Shane Woodward Agent Axel
Peter Chaffey Agent 1
Milutin Milosevic Tech
Lamont Thompson Tech
Mai-Anh Lê Yasmin
David Coburn Suit in Budapest
James Owen Hungarian Doctor
Misko Stevanovic Kiosk Owner
Omid Zader Sergeï
Raymond J. Barry CIA Employee
Rob Roy Fitzgerald CIA Employee
Scott Burn The Butcher

Technical Credits
McG Director
Aleksandar Adzic Casting
Jean-Paul Agostini Camera Operator
Thierry Arbogast Cinematographer
Teddy Barouh Cinematographer
Olivier Beriot Costumes/Costume Designer
Brian Bernstein Camera Operator
Berto Camera Operator
Luc Besson Producer,Screenwriter
Virginie Besson-Silla Producer
Stephane Bucher Sound Editor
Jeremy A. Cassells Production Designer
Juan Cisneros Sound Mixer
Capucine Courau Sound Editor
Christophe Couzon Art Director
Yann Cuinet Asst. Director
Didier Dekeyser Production Manager
Mary Jo Devenney Sound Mixer
Viridiana Ferrière Makeup Special Effects
Ryan Garton Set Decoration/Design
Geoffrey Hansen Asst. Director
Adi Hasak Producer,Screenwriter
Philippe Hubin Special Effects Supervisor
Sebastien Inizan Production Designer
Ryan Kavanaugh Producer
Vincent Lefebvre Sound Mixer
Marc Libert Executive Producer
Jamie Marshall Asst. Director
Guillaume Roussel Score Composer
Francois Sempe Sound Mixer
Big Bang SFX Special Effects
Audrey Simonaud Editor
Misko Stevanovic Production Manager
Dawn Subhasiriwatana Makeup
Tucker Tooley Executive Producer
Bob Turk Special Effects
Natalie Weinmann Art Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- 3 Days to Kill
1. Scene 1 [3:20]
2. Scene 2 [3:33]
3. Scene 3 [3:54]
4. Scene 4 [4:37]
5. Scene 5 [4:50]
6. Scene 6 [4:14]
7. Scene 7 [4:03]
8. Scene 8 [4:49]
9. Scene 9 [3:27]
10. Scene 10 [2:39]
11. Scene 11 [3:41]
12. Scene 12 [5:05]
13. Scene 13 [3:51]
14. Scene 14 [4:27]
15. Scene 15 [8:50]
16. Scene 16 [1:56]
17. Scene 17 [5:09]
18. Scene 18 [6:13]
19. Scene 19 [5:28]
20. Scene 20 [5:22]
21. Scene 21 [6:41]
22. Scene 22 [3:07]
23. Scene 23 [7:09]
24. Scene 24 [2:56]


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3 Days to Kill 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
lizzypoo More than 1 year ago
Excellent movie - a great balance of humor and action.  Great story, great acting…all around enjoyable!