Cast: Kevin Costner, Amber Heard, Hailee Steinfeld
Release Date: Now Available on Blu-Ray Combo Pack & DVD
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 8/10 Disc Rating: 8.5/10
A dying CIA agent trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter is offered an experimental drug that could save his life in exchange for one last assignment.
‘3 Days To Kill’ tells the tale of a professional assassin, who after collapsing in the middle of a job before he could execute the subject learns that he is incredibly ill and only has months to live. His association with those he worked for being severed, he decides to contact his wife in order at attempting to build some semblance of a relationship with his teenage daughter whom he’s neglected the majority of her life. Naturally, before he can begin his attempt at normalcy he is brought back into the fold and forced to assume his old tasks. He accepts against his better judgment in return for an experimental drug that has the potential to extend his life at least a bit longer.
While I have always had mixed feelings about McG as a director, I can’t help but notice the consistent progression he makes as a director and he did an impressive job with this one, which I would also say is certainly his best film yet. While many weren’t fans of his entry in the Terminator franchise, I found he at the very least did a very capable job helming the film and the mood, which he doesn’t get enough credit for. He continues to grow as a director even more with ‘3 Days To Kill’ which is hard to imagine was guided by the same individual that brought us the ‘Charlie’s Angels’ movies so many years previous. The action sequences are pretty intense and Kevin Costner impressed me with just how incredibly cool and hard he can still be after all this time. This is definitely one of the most fun roles I’ve seen him in many years and he is at the top of his game here. All of the actors are more than capable in their respective roles and you can definitely feel that Luc Besson (who wrote the story and co-wrote the script) vibe present throughout.
I would definitely give ‘3 Days To Kill’ my recommendation. I found myself quite impressed overall with this surprisingly well crafted film. There is a number of intense action sequences throughout that should keep viewers on the edge of their seat, in addition to really delivering an emotional and powerful story at the same time about a father near death desperately trying to earn acceptance from his daughter. Those who are expecting a nonstop, full on action movie may be disappointed, but this is a very solid film that I think most will quite likely enjoy.
The Blu-Ray release of ‘3 Days To Kill’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the film’s original 2.40:1 Cinemascope Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks fantastic. Every aspect of the picture looks spot on, from the colors, detail, down to the surrounding edges and borders. Any glitches or artifacts present are nearly impossible to spot and I think everyone will be quite pleased with this impressive looking high definition video presentation.
The Blu-Ray release features a lossless 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack that sounds pretty fantastic. It hits hard and fierce, definitely taking advantage of the action packed scenes, while perfectly balancing between those and the calmer, more emotional moments. It always perfectly orients the channels and allows a steady stream of frenetic activity in the fairly frequent action sequences, while never resulting in the dialogue mostly focused to the center channel to become inaudible. Everything sounds perfectly placed, sharp and discrete; likely to leave the fellow audiophiles out there quite satisfied.
In addition to offering both the theatrical version and the unrated extended version of the film (I personally watched the extended version which is approximately 4 minutes longer), the Blu-Ray release also includes a few other informative extras, namely three behind the scenes featurettes: ‘The Making of 3 Days To Kill’ ‘McG’s Method’ and ‘Covert Operation.’ All of them are quite interesting, most notably would likely be ‘Covert Operation’ which gives some input and information regarding the films subject matter from a real life ex-agent. It should also be noted that all of the special features with the exception of ‘Covert Operation’ are Blu-Ray exclusives and therefore will not be present on the DVD release.
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Film Rating: 8/10 Disc Rating: 8.5/10
‘3 Days To Kill’ is now available to own on Blu-Ray Combo Pack & DVD from Relativity Media & 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.