Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Next Three Days

How far would you go for the person you love? That's the central question at the heart of writer/director Paul Haggis' dramatic thriller The Next Three Days.

After his wife (Elizabeth Banks) is incarcerated for a murder she didn't commit, and every legal option is exhausted, John Brennan (Russell Crowe) decides to take the only choice left. He begins planning to break his wife out of prison and flee the country with their young son (Ty Simpkins).

Haggis delivers a compelling thriller filled with hard choices as John finds himself going further and further down the rabbit hole. The film is scattered with an assortment of strong supporting roles (Olivia Wilde, Jason Beghe, Liam NeesonAisha Hinds, Brian Dennehy), but the weight of the story falls entirely on Crowe's shoulders and, not surprisingly, he delivers.

The Blu-ray and DVD come with the usual assortment of extras including extended and deleted scenes and short featurettes on the making of the film. Unless you simply want to see it again there's nothing extra here to cause you to return to the film unless, like me, you missed it in theaters. That said, I was surprised how much I enjoyed The Next Three Days, and it is worth a first, or second, look on DVD.

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