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3 Days To Kill (2014)


Average Rating: 4.5/10
Reviews Counted: 108
Fresh: 31
Rotten: 77

Critics Consensus: 3 Days to Kill uneasily mixes technically accomplished action sequences with an underdeveloped family conflict.

Average Rating: 3.8/10
Reviews Counted: 27
Fresh: 4
Rotten: 23

Critics Consensus: 3 Days to Kill uneasily mixes technically accomplished action sequences with an underdeveloped family conflict.


Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 35,336




Movie Info

In this heart pounding action-thriller, Kevin Costner is a dangerous international spy, who is determined to give up his high stakes life to finally build a closer relationship with his estranged wife and daughter, whom he's previously kept at arm's length to keep out of danger. But first, he must complete one last mission- even if it means juggling the two toughest assignments yet: hunting down the world's most ruthless terrorist and looking after his teenage daughter for the first time in ten … More

PG-13 (for intense sequences of violence and action, some sensuality and language)
Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By:
Luc Besson , Adi Hasak
In Theaters:
May 20, 2014
Box Office:
Relativity Media - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for 3 Days To Kill

All Critics (108) | Top Critics (27) | Fresh (31) | Rotten (77)

Charlie's Angels director McG used to know how to marshal a decent action scene (if nothing else), but that touch seems to have deserted him.

Full Review… | June 17, 2014
Time Out
Top Critic

Every gag is premised on the fact that Renner allows his work and personal lives to overlap, though this contradicts everything we've been told about him and would obviously heighten the risk to his loved ones.

Full Review… | February 28, 2014
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Pure trash but it's entertaining as hell.

Full Review… | February 24, 2014
Top Critic

The movie never finds a way to blend the emotional and the rat-a-tat-tat into one seamless package the way that Besson did in his one and only good movie, The Professional.

Full Review… | February 23, 2014
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

How did 3 Days to Kill, which doesn't have the worst imaginable premise, turn out this bad?

Full Review… | February 23, 2014
Top Critic

To the degree that the film works, it's because Costner plays the straight man.

Full Review… | February 21, 2014
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

( ... ) a mindlessly entertaining, disjointed, frequently unbelievable hell-for-leather action adventure.

Full Review… | October 10, 2014
Birmingham Mail

Fine, in a mid-budget, wholly inconsequential way.

Full Review… | June 27, 2014
The Ooh Tray

3 Days to Kill is a frequently bizarre, never boring mash-up that doesn't come together yet perfectly encapsulates everything both good and bad about Luc Besson's recent output

Full Review… | June 25, 2014

French filmmaker Luc Besson continues to combine family themes with intense violence (see Taken), but at least this film has a wry sense of humour about it.

Full Review… | June 24, 2014

Something very special: a Kevin Costner vehicle that makes both The Postman and Waterworld seem fearsomely substantial.

Full Review… | June 22, 2014
Observer [UK]

This time the Taken formula of ultra-violence and sentiment fails to deliver the same guilty-pleasure thrills.

Full Review… | June 22, 2014
Movie Talk

The director McG seems uncertain whether he should concentrate on the action or the family drama.

Full Review… | June 20, 2014

If it's meant to be a spy movie, it's not exciting. If it's meant to be a comedy, it's not funny. If it's meant to be dumb, absurd, and risible, it's a success.

Full Review… | June 20, 2014
Flick Filosopher

Far too generic and cliched, and offers very little we haven't seen before.

Full Review… | June 20, 2014

On paper, this genre flick looks like an attempt to do for Kevin Costner what Taken did for Liam Neeson. Unfortunately, it doesn't have Taken's pace and energy, despite the writing presence of Luc Besson in both movies.

Full Review… | June 20, 2014
Radio Times

Costner might not be the box-office draw he once was but surely he can find better things to do than this dismal Europudding?

Full Review… | June 19, 2014
Daily Express

Seeks to reposition Kevin Costner as a Neesony badass dad, 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.

Full Review… | June 19, 2014

The film is just stupefyingly bad, failing to be funny whenever it isn't failing to be Taken, and wittering on forever like a lunatic on a bench.

Full Review… | June 19, 2014
Daily Telegraph

Some sort of lazily conceived exercise designed to distract undemanding teens and people too knackered to follow anything of substance after a hard day's work.

Full Review… | June 19, 2014
Sky Movies

Kevin Costner tries his hand at a Neeson-style B-movie and accidentally heralds the death of cinema as we know it.

Full Review… | June 19, 2014
Little White Lies

n the end it's Costner who's the film's saving grace, his chemistry with Steinfeld lends the movie enough emotional weight to make it tolerable in between the car chases and gunfire.

Full Review… | June 17, 2014
Digital Spy

For the most part it's a confused and poorly written mixture of thriller and sentimental comedy-drama that struggles to find the right tone.

Full Review… | June 17, 2014
The List

The aim is a little off, but at least it's nice to see that Costner is still firing on all cylinders.

Full Review… | June 16, 2014

Neither director McG nor writer Luc Besson are known for their austere realism, so expect rampant witlessness among all the bone-crunching, blood-spraying action.

Full Review… | June 16, 2014
Total Film

Audience Reviews for 3 Days To Kill

Luc Besson is responsible for one of the best action/thrillers of the last 10 years, "Taken". Here he is just the producer, but you can see his finger prints all over it. Set in Paris, France. Aging CIA operative with an estranged relationship with his daughter. Only thing different is she isn't kidnapped and instead of Neesen we get Kevin Costner. Costner is a spy who gets cancer and only has a short time to live. So he is let go and moves to Paris to mend his relationship with his daughter before he dies. While there a woman with a drug guaranteed to prolong his life makes an agreement to give him the drug if he kills for her. From there bullets fly and the action picks up. It's not a bad movie, but needed some more intrigue than what it has. Costner and Hailee Steinfeld(his daughter in the movie) are great together. Steinfeld is a terrific young actress(she's the girl from "True Grit") and has a good sassy quality about her. The film does drag towards the end, and could have been about 15-20 minutes shorter. Emily enjoyed it, which was surprising because she usually doesn't like movies like this. Had this been R rated and had more of a thriller/mystery with it, it could have been better. But, then it would have been something completely different. Decent movie with checking out.

Everett Johnson
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

Awful film that relies on a poorly written script and bland performances 3 Days to Kill is a film that isn't worth your time because it lacks anything really engaging and to be honest, the cast is quite awful in their performances to the point where you interest in the film. Costner has done some tremendous work throughout his career, but here, he is absolutely wasted here and delivers a bland, uninteresting performance. 3 Days to Kill could really have been a great film, if the right screenwriter would have come across the project. Unfortunately, the lack of story doesn't elevate the story, and it's a film that doesn't do anything worthwhile to appeal to genre fans. The film doesn't do anything to appeal to viewers and with that being said, it's a picture that fails due to a lack of effective storytelling and memorable performances. The film as a whole isn't good, and it's a poorly made film with no effort put into it. Therefore, the film just isn't worth your time, and it's a film that fails to grab your attention as well. 3 Days to Kill could have been a good effort if there would have been enough effort put into the script. Unfortunately, the film loses it's quite quickly and it becomes a dull, tedious film before things take off, and when it does it's simply too late and it's a pointless film in general as it never becomes anything really interesting for the viewer. I think it's a shame because the film wasted some effective talent on such a poorly constructed script and in the right hands; maybe this film could have been a great effort.

Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

So what's the deal then, first up Liam Neeson started acting in action flicks and being this aging gruff wrinkled badass, now all of a sudden its Kevin Costner's turn apparently. Just like Neeson...Costner now has a leathery wrinkled face with a nice gentle tan, lots of greying white facial hair and an overall generally scruffy appearance...your average over middle aged man's action man look.

The plots sees a dying former CIA agent (Costner) hired by another top CIA female agent/assassin (Heard) to bring down an arms trafficker. The reason Costner is dying is because he has brain cancer that has spread to his lungs, hence why he has been dropped by the CIA. The reason why Heard wants to use Costner is because he is the only living person to see the bad guys face recently after a botched undercover stakeout.

Whilst watching this I couldn't help but think that I recognised the visual style and uber cooly shot assassin/hitman/espionage theme. I know we have seen this type of stuff many times before but it all seemed very much like a Luc Besson flick to me...low and behold it was a Besson flick! The whole sultry sexy hooker-esque looking femme fatale angle was very familiar and positively wreaks of Besson's brain at work. Amber Heard even looks like 'Nikita' in some scenes towards the finale, that's not a bad thing as she does look hot but its just unbelievably unoriginal as Besson does the same thing EVERY TIME!

Another pretty big issue was the fact the film just doesn't know what it wants to be. The whole thing has that 'Leon' vibe running through it as the main character tries to juggle his hitman/undercover agent life style with his wife and teenage daughter. Naturally his wife hates the fact he works, or did work, for the CIA and his daughter has no clue. Most of the film time is spend with Costner's character trying to be a good dad and make things up with his wife, lots of father daughter moments, heart felt moments, flashbacks to childhood memories etc...its all very schmaltzy in places. Problem is this feels like a mess as its interspersed with sequences of high octane action with a sexual undercurrent whenever Heard is on the scene with her pouting full red lips and tight outfits.

So what is it? well its an action/assassin/undercover James Bond agent/slick espionage/drama/coming of age/teen thriller/redemption/comedy get that? Yep its got everything! thing is you don't want half of it and most of it is boring as hell.

I guess its down to the quite frankly laughable performance by a clearly seriously aged Kevin Costner who is obviously way too old for this shit. Yeah Neeson managed to pull off the wrinkled hardman act surprisingly well but unfortunately Costner fails at his first hurdle looking like he's about to collapse under the weight of his own ego. What made me laugh is the fact his character is meant to have this terminal cancer in his brain and lungs yet he looks fine! no problems here folks. On top of that the ridiculous plot notion of the Heard's character having some secret formula that cures cancer (or halts for a time) completely robs you of any suspension of disbelief. I hope Costner's character gets that stuff to the local hospital after all this.

So yes there are some nice plosions, car chases, fisticuffs and general espionage tomfoolery but who cares, we've seen this stuff a gazillion times over in far far better espionage movies...and crap ones. Naturally being set in France (Luc Luc Luc...shake it up a bit for Christ sake?!) all the lead cars are naff Peugeot's that somehow manage to keep up with top spec Audi's and all action sequences are set in stereotypical Besson locations...seedy night club, posh restaurant, posh club, the biggest seediest and most extravagant tattoo parlour I've seen, hotels and French downtown streets (I give you 'Ronin'). But as said this might not be too bad if it wasn't split up by lame ass sequences where Costner teaches his teen daughter to ride a bike, teaching her to dance, talks to her about boys, rescues her from yet another seedy night club, lots of heart to heart chats with the wife and daughter about being a better parent blah blah blah.

I realise the film is all about redemption and the main character becoming a family man again but Jesus...lets make up our minds shall we. Either you want a kick ass body count flick or you want a loving family man flick, while we're here it would be a good idea to decide whether the film is gonna be serious or just a daft light-hearted romp. At one point Costner's character is shooting an innocent bouncer in the foot in clear view of everyone! beating young men half to death in a night club and generally causing much death and destruction around gay Paree yet with no consequences at all...and its not half bad in a semi serious manner. The next minute he's got some bloke taped up in his bathroom ready for some torture and instead gets him to speak to his daughter about a spaghetti sauce recipe over the phone...oh the hilarity!

With the stupid little funny moments this could easily be one of those shitty Bruce Willis vehicles like 'Red' which tries to incorporate expensive big budget violence and laughs with an OAP in the lead. Bottom line we all know damn well this basically should of just been another Neeson vehicle, I guess Besson thought it best to change the lead OAP. Its pretty much Costner's attempt at the genre but unfortunately for him someone forgot to tell Besson to try and actually come up with something original and not constantly dissect and regurgitate his previous work.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer


Costner is the draw in this Luc Besson penned thriller that has a CIA agent trying to reconcile w/his family, long ignored while he was off killing people. Can he quit the job before his family quits him? Can he get us to care either way? Eh, almost. Not bad.

Apeneck Fletcher

Super Reviewer

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