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Next Three Days

Life seems perfect for John Brennan (Russell Crowe) until his wife, Laura (Elizabeth Banks), is arrested for a gruesome murder that she didn`t commit. Three years into her sentence, John is struggling to hold his family together, raising their son and teaching at college while he pursues every means available to prove her innocence. With the rejection of her final appeal, Lara becomes suicidal and John decides there is only one possible bearable solution: to break his wife out of prison. Refusing to be deterred by impossible odds or his own inexperience, John devises an elaborate escape plot and plunges into a dangerous and unfamiliar world, ultimately risking everything for the woman he loves.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: PG
Release Date: 25 Nov 2010
Genre: Thriller / Drama / Crime
Running Time: 2 Hours 13 Minutes
Distributor: CATHAY-KERIS FILMS
Cast: Liam Neeson, Russell Crowe, Olivia Wilde, Elizabeth Banks, Brian Dennehy, Jason Beghe
Director: Paul Haggis
Format: NA

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Writer: Syahida Kamarudin

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Watch this if you liked: “Con Air”, “Million Dollar Baby”, “Pour Elle”

Are you one of those people who stay at home to watch Scofield planning his escape in "Prison Break"? Do you watch "I Almost Got Away with It" on Discovery Channel and secretly rooting for the convicts to dodge all police roadblocks and arrive safely in Mexico? Or the biggest question of all, are you strong enough to watch nothing else but Russell Crowe's melancholic face for two hours?

There's a reason why Frenchman Fred Cavaye's 2007 movie gets a remake. "The Next Three Days" is all that and much more. Paul Haggis' ("Crash", "Million Dollar Baby") Hollywood take has the "je ne sais quoi" that all other prison-break shows lacked. Slow it may be at first, it genuinely attracts the audience to observe every scene and character, gradually building itself to make you fall so much in love with the characters.

No, this is not all-action, adrenaline movie. Unlike "Shawshank Redemption" (1994) or "Escape From Alcatraz" (1979), it is a story of a desperate man seeking desperate measures in order to unite his family. Don Quixote-esque essence becomes the centre of the plot - a hero rescuing the damsel in distress and goes against every single rule that victimise her in her first place. The twist is that the hero is just your average Joe.

Russell Crowe's character John Brennan is not all gung-ho like Jean Claude Van Damme in "Double Team" (1997) nor is he a long haired macho man in jeans like Nicholas Cage in "Con Air" (1997). As a literature teacher at a community college, he is the kind of man who will puke in nervousness. Russell 'I-have-lost-my-Gladiator-body' Crowe plays Brennan to a T and basically owns the whole movie. Other than that, it is also refreshing to see Elizabeth Banks in something else than chick flicks and evil woman characters she is well-known for.

"The Next Three Days" is heartening, poignant, at times nerve-wrecking (especially when you realise there are too many DIY videos for aspiring thieves on the Internet) yet able to keep you at the edge of your seat. Forget the fact that the hours are a bit too long. If the movie was shorter, it would not achieve its goal - to make your wife weep and scold you for not being as chivalric as Brennan.

Cinema Online, 23 November 2010
   
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Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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