The Next Three Days

Published June 20, 2011

The Next Three Days

Film info

  • Title The Next Three Days
  • Director Paul Haggis
  • Year 2010
  • Run time 2hrs 2m
  • Genres Thriller, Romance, Crime, Drama
  • Tagline What if you had 72 hours to save everything you live for?

Literature professor John Brennan (Russell Crowe) and his wife Lara (Elizabeth Banks) have a good life, a happy marriage and an adored three-year-old son. But the idyll is shattered when Lara is arrested for a murder she insists she did not commit. For the first three years of her sentence, John struggles to keep his career and family together while pursuing every possible avenue available to him to prove Lara's innocence. When their final appeal is rejected and Lara becomes suicidal, John decides to take the law into his own hands.

Live Blog

Time Comment
3:13 She does have a point. Women can be mean to each other.
5:09 She’s taking a picture of them every single morning? It’s so organised.
7:15 They can’t just arrest both parents and leave the child screaming, surely?
9:53 I didn’t think visitors were allowed to kiss prisoners.
12:20 I like that her hair is a different colour. No hair dye in prison?
13:17 The red is okay, too. Much better than orange jumpsuits.
15:37 All the evidence does seem to be against her.
23:31 “What part of our life is truly under our control?”
27:48 Well he’s certainly not the type to leave his kid at a gas station.
30:14 I wouldn’t even know where to start compiling this info.
33:10 One day I’d like to be on a mission where someone says: “Tell ’em so and so sent you.”
41:43 You can tell he’s ramping up to something. The music is giving it away.
44:33 A what key? Normally I’d investigate further, but I’m not sure I’m that interested in lockpicking.
48:17 It’s not a great start to his jailbreaking adventure.
49:53 If he’s moving, he’ll have to take his big wall of stuff down.
54:47 Surely no one actually clicks the button on Google? Just enter.
58:46 The grandpa role is clearly a non-speaking part.
1:11:31 So, it’s a good film, but I’m spending a lot of time saying: “Who are these people?”
1:12:47 Oh, this is the bit from the start. Weird.
1:15:57 He talks!
1:19:47 The kid does have a wicked bowl haircut.
1:23:17 “What kind of criminal drives a Prius?”
1:25:51 Do they take routine bloods then? I’m missing something.
1:29:19 Must be a proper shock to the wife. She thought he was a wimp.
1:31:06 It’s difficult to break someone out who doesn’t want to be broken.
1:36:10 No policeman would do that. Lies.
1:44:29 Don’t they need to be racing off? No time for sitting.
1:55:16  If this was Bourne, she’d have chopped off her hair and dyed it red by now.
1:59:24  A decoy bag of clues. He really did think of everything.
2:01:38  Hmm. They had to show something, it wouldn’t be right for her to get away with murder.
2:04:49  Oh, the button! It was right there. Go back Mr Policeman!


I’d never heard of this one before we stumbled across it in the iTunes store. I’ve not really been a fan of Russell Crowe to this point, but the trailer looked intriguing, and we felt in the mood for a bit of a prison break type film.

This movie had a lot of potential. The story, the concept of his breaking her out, the way he did it, all good. Some of the dialogue, genius. Some of the action, most excellent.

The trouble is, there was a lot that was disappointing. The start was pretty slow, there were a lot of people who were never really introduced, you had to infer who they were. I still don’t really understand who the drug chaps were, or why he felt he could steal their money.

You had to suspend your belief for a lot, and I’m capable of doing that, but in this one, it just felt a bit off. I really enjoyed it, but I just feel it could have been stupendous and let itself down.

Rating: 3/5

Rating: 3 / 5

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