run time: 133 mins
considered: Crime, Drama, Romance
starring: Russell Crowe, Elizabeth Banks, Liam Neeson, Olivia Wilde, Jason Beghe, Aisha Hinds, Ty Simpkins, Brian Dennehy
movie summary: A married couple’s life is turned upside down when the wife is accused of murder. (www.imdb.com)
my thoughts: The Next Three Days is one of the best prison break out movies that doesn’t get enough credit for being a compelling drama and thriller story.
Lara Brennan (Elizabeth Banks) is an ordinary every day working girl who is married to John (Russell Crowe) and has a little boy named Luke. One day she is seen fighting with her boss who ends up dead later that evening. The next morning cops invade the Brennan house and take Lara away, charge her with murder, then ship her off to a county jail in Pittsburgh, PA. John tries every legal way to appeal the case, but the evidence is solid and Lara is going to be locked up for many years to come. John visits every week but their interactions begin to grow more and more tense each time. He has been trying his best to explore all legal options to get her out, but she just laughs it off and admit she committed the crime.
After failing to get Lara out legally, John begins to explore options of actually breaking his wife out of prison. He meets with the famous ex-con Damon Pennington (Liam Neeson), who has tried to escape several prisons, for help in setting up a master plan. After their meeting John finds out that he is gonna needs lots of money and new identities, so he starts to sell all his processions and his house.
With the little money he has, John tracks down someone who can produce fake ids and begins to piece together small things for the escape. His plan is shaping up when he gets bad news that Lara gets transformed to a different prison. He now only has a few days before the transfer to finalize the plan and close escrow on his house. In an act of desperation, John robs a drug house and manages to take a few hundred thousand dollars.
The very next day John switches Lara medicine which causes her to have a reaction and forces the guards to take her to the hospital. He poses as a doctor, busts into her room, and takes her away. Together the pair run from the hospital and try to blend into the public while the cops are hot in pursuit. John now has only 35-55 minutes to get out of the city limits and to their destination before every roadway in and out of the city will blocked off and have the couple’s descriptions.
The Next Three Days has an amazing build up story for a thrilling escape sequence we get to tag along for. Crowe gives one of his best performances (in my opinion) as the loving husband who believes in his wife’s innocence and is willing to risk everything to get her out. Banks is just as good with her personality change from loving and caring mom/wife to prison convict. Together they have great chemistry despite being at odds with each other throughout different parts of the story. The break out sequence is very creative and took months of preparation on top of a few lucky breaks here and there. Crowe makes the break out and ensuing pursuit look easy, yet their journey will leave everyone on the edge of their seat wondering what the next move will be or if the Brennan will make it safely. Although I know the outcome, this is a movie I really loved in the theatre and enjoy over and over at home.
my star rating: 10 out 10.
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