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27 May 2014

Blu-Ray Review: Kevin Costner, Hailee Steinfeld Are Wasted in the Messy, Scattered ‘3 Days to Kill’

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Well … shucks. Kevin Costner and Hailee Steinfeld deliver truly good performances as a father and daughter in 3 Days to Kill. Costner is somebody for whom I’m always rooting (even though I hate that stupid band he wastes his time with), and I love Steinfeld.

Alas, this one comes up short.

Costner plays a Secret Service agent who finds out he’s dying of cancer, and he wants to make his last days on Earth count. So he reconnects with his daughter (Steinfeld) and his ex-wife (Connie Nielsen) in Paris while taking one last assignment. That last assignment is giving him a lot of money—and an experimental drug that could extend his life.

Costner is on his game here, and Steinfeld holds her own in the scenes they share. Unfortunately, the movie is all over the place tonally: Sometimes, it’s a thriller; sometimes, it’s a comedy; and so on.

Amber Heard shows up as Costner’s boss, and she tries to pull off some sort of femme-fatale routine that should be in another movie. Heard is always fun to look at, but she’s only turned in one great performance—playing the high school-age girlfriend to Seth Rogen in Pineapple Express.

There was a day when director McG was considered a hot commodity, but he blew it with Terminator Salvation. This hot mess further proves he might not have much in his bag of tricks.

Special Features: There are just a couple of short making-of docs that are of no interest.

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