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"The Next Three Days" (DVD) - Reviewed by John Johnson

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Synopsis

The story opens with John (Crowe) and Lara (Banks) Brennan having dinner with her boss Erit (Moran Atias) and her husband. Lara gets into an argument with Erit, and it almost becomes violent. Later, when Erit is found murdered, Lara is charged and found guilty, although she is innocent of the crime. She is sentenced to life in prison.

John tries filing appeals, and when all of his attempts to get her out of prison legally fail, he decides to do it illegally. Meanwhile, Lara is considering suicide rather than spend the rest of her life behind bars.

John consults an expert at escape, Damon Pennington (Neeson), who explains in great detail, how to get in, rescue her, and get out with their lives intact.

Specifications

  • Lionsgate
  • 2010, Color, Rated PG-13, 2 Hr 13 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Codec: Not Specified
  • 1080p
  • English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring: Russell Crowe, Elizabeth Banks, Liam Neeson
  • Directed by Paul Haggis
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Bad

Commentary

I am not a huge fan of Russell Crowe, because he always seems to behave like a borderline jackass, but he is perfect for this role of a husband whose family has been destroyed by having his wife put in prison for a crime she is innocent of. The escape sequence is fast paced, with plenty of near mishaps, but ultimately, the correct finale. I think it was a mistake to have Neeson play such a small part. He is a fantastic actor, and the producers should have expanded his role.

Technical

The image quality is technically excellent, but because of so many dark scenes, it's difficult to classify it as great viewing. The surround soundstage is really good, due to the film being presented in 7.1 DTS-HD MA. When producers go to the trouble of making a 7.1 sound track, they use all the channels.  (I watched this movie the other day.  In the escape sequence there is a part with a semi tractor trailer.  The bass was so intense that it blew the grille cover off my sub and launched it across the room! - Jim Clements)

Extras

These include the Making of, Audio Commentary by Paul Haggis, Featurette on Prison Breaks, and Deleted Scenes.