3 Days to Kill was just a couple of weeks off being a January release in the US. If they'd only released this film a month earlier then I would've expected this film to be horrible. 3 Days to Kill follows the story of Ethan Renner (Kevin Costner), a CIA agent who's told that he's dying. Distraught and shocked, Ethan decides it's about time he rekindles his relationship with his daughter, Zoey (Hailee Steinfeild), but at the same time Ethan's also attempting to take down a violent assassin, all with the help of femme fatale, Vivi (Amber Heard). That's all I've got really. I wanted that to be longer, but it's really not. This film doesn't have a plot detailed enough to go for just a few lines more. Huh.
Not even Amber Heard's good looks could get me through this pile of laziness. Honestly, I wouldn't even consider her to be a decent actress. I don't have anything against her as a person, but as an actress, well, that's a slightly different story. She's had a couple decent films, like two of them, but that's about it. There's nothing more to really be said here. She's good to look at, but these looks aren't enough to get me to the end of this film's excruciating 117 minute runtime. The film lingers on way too long, never once feeling tightly packed together. It's an overstretched, unfunny, incredibly dull two hours of my life that I'm never getting back. Well, it's an hour and fifty-seven minutes of my life that I'm never getting back, including credits.
IMDb lists this film as being an Action, Drama and Thriller. I would agree with one of these. The second one, of course. This film is more of a family drama than it is action or thriller. Sure, Kevin Costner walks around with a gun every now and again, but he rarely uses it. As a matter of fact, it feels like a completely different film when he's using it. It seems out of place and irregular. The film focusses in on the family aspect of Ethan's life, although even then that rarely shows up on film. I honestly have no idea what happened in this film, but it sure as hell wasn't coherent.
This film wouldn't work without giving us a chance to care about the characters. It wouldn't work without dedicating time to setting up their story, giving us a reason to want to watch these events with them. The film wouldn't have worked if the father-daughter relationship was skimmed over and only shown in brief, with stupid shots that are completely irrelevant forced in there to at least try and show character development. Without all these things then 3 Days to Kill just wouldn't work, and guess what, it doesn't work. It literally lacks all these things.
On top of all that, the film lacks originality. The whole bonding with his daughter scenario has been done before and it's been done better. It's not original and there's not really anything that could've been trimmed to make it so. I'd joke about how they could just cut the whole thing, but then we wouldn't have a movie, would we? Oh wait, I take that back. That would be a much better option.
There's even moments of humour forced into this giant mess of a movie. This humour could've been the saving grace of it all (I doubt it, but it could've at least made it a tad more watchable), but instead it makes me despise it even more. The comedy is so forced, unnatural and stupid. The humour's not even good enough to be classified as juvenile. It's worse than that. It's just... it's just all round pathetic. I pity Kevin Costner for acting in a film as bad as this. At least his performance isn't mind numbing, right? RIGHT?!?!
To sum up, 3 Days to Kill tries to be so many different things, such as both a family drama and an action film, yet it fails at all of them. It lacks originality, action sequences, character buildup and development and decent acting.