Thursday 19 June 2014

"3 Days to Kill" (The Guardian 20/06/14)

3 Days to Kill *
Dir: McG. With: Kevin Costner, Hailee Steinfeld, Connie Nielsen. 117 mins. Cert: 12A

Imagine restyling Ken Barlow after Jack Bauer. The latest slapdash pulp-dollop off the Luc Besson production line seeks to reposition Kevin Costner as a Neesony Bad-Ass Dad by casting him as a growly CIA type, using a Parisian layover to juggle terrorist-offing with teaching daughter Hailee Steinfeld how to ride a bike. Director McG, a refugee from Hollywood’s pre-Crunch more-is-more moment, realises the rating allows limited sadism, and pads it with irksome character business: Amber Heard brings scant nuance to the role of Cleavage With Integral Handgun, while Besson’s staggeringly insensitive handling of other cultures persists around the populous Malian clan swarming Costner’s appartement. Merde

3 Days to Kill opens in cinemas nationwide tomorrow.

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