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Film Date :   November 19, 2010
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The Next Three Days

The Next Three Days

The Next Three Daysis a 2010 thriller film directed by Paul Haggis and starring Russell Crowe and Elizabeth Banks . It was released in the United States on November 19, 2010. It was filmed on location in Pittsburgh .It is a remake of the 2007 French filmPour Elle(Anything for Her) by Fred Cavayé.

Lara Brennan ( Banks ) is accused of murdering her boss after an altercation at work. Her college professor husband John Brennan ( Crowe ) becomes obsessed with the idea of breaking her out of jail, and their son Lukeceases to acknowledge her during their prison visits.

John consults Damon Pennington ( Neeson ), a hardened criminal who has successfully escaped from prison seven times, after reading Damon's book on the subject. Damon advises John to study the prison, saying "any prison has a key". Damon also warns him that the initial escape from the prison will be easy, compared to avoiding capture after the escape. To that end, John must obtain false passports, new social security numbers, and a "truckload of cash" to have a chance of building a life elsewhere. Damon also suggests going to an unstable foreign country that is politically hostile to the United States, so that there would be no extradition or cooperation with United States authorities. John learns the city's plan for capturing escaped prisoners—15 minutes after the escape, the police are to block the nearby roads, and that within 35 minutes, the block will extend to train stations and interstate toll stations, and that their descriptions will be at every airport and train station, though it may take longer for digital photos to be sent.

John plans the escape meticulously and obtains the passports and social security numbers after some painful efforts. The aforementioned "truckload of cash" is harder to come by, and he commits armed robbery of a methamphetamine lab. There is an intense gunfight, but John leaves with a bag full of cash. John falsifies and plants medical evidence indicating that his wife is severely ill, and she is transferred to the hospital. John follows the ambulance and retrieves his wife. She's shocked when he violently subdues a prison guard and initially refuses to come with him, but he challenges her to call Luke to say that she chooses not to reunite with him, after which she relents.

Throughout the movie, John is shown assembling maps, photographs, notes, and other papers on a wall of his house. He tears them down and stuffs it into several garbage bags before leaving to rescue Lara, leaving one bag in the trash can outside his own house, and the rest in a dumpster some blocks away. As it turns out he did this selectively to misguide the detectives, to focus them on flights from Canada to Haiti, giving his family time to board a flight from Toronto to Caracas, Venezuela . They have an uncomfortable moment at Customs, as an officer examines their passports and glances at the page of photographs showing criminals on the run. He allows them to pass. The shift changes, and as they walk down the hall, their photos are finally sent to the security personnel. They reach Venezuela. The detectives back in Pittsburgh quietly re-examine the crime scene but miss some new evidence. It is shown in flashbacks that Lara was in fact innocent.

Cast

  • Russell Crowe as John Brennan
  • Elizabeth Banks as Lara Brennan
  • Brian Dennehy as George Brennan
  • Olivia Wilde as Nicole
  • Lennie James as Lieutenant Nabulsi
  • Aisha Hinds as Detective Collero
  • Daniel Stern as Meyer Fisk
  • RZA as Mouss
  • Jason Beghe as Detective Quinnan
  • Kevin Corrigan as Alex
  • Liam Neeson as Damon Pennington
  • Allan Steele as Sergeant Harris

Production

Pour Elle

The Next Three Daysis a remake of the 2007 French filmPour Elle(Anything for Her) by Fred Cavayé.The plot ofPour Elleinvolved a teacher Julien ( Vincent Lindon ) who experienced difficulties when his wife ( Diane Kruger ) became a suspect in a murder investigation and was arrested.Julien does not believe that his wife is guilty of the crime, and attempts to remove her from the prison.

Pour Ellewas Cavayé's directing debut.The film was one of the main attractions of the Alliance Française French Film Festival in 2010.Cavayé explained the plot and motivation for making the film, "We wanted to make a real human story about an ordinary man doing an extraordinary thing because he's faced with a miscarriage of justice. The film also talks about courage - saying how you show courage depending on the situation. In France , for example, there were good people who did not go into the Resistance against the Germans ."

Cavayé toldThe Ageregarding the remake of the film by Haggis, he is eager "To be a spectator of my own film".The director commented on the news his film would be remade by Haggis, "It's a strange feeling. I wrote this story in my very small apartment in Paris. When I saw my name next to Russell Crowe on the net, it was amazing."

Filming

In October 2009, Haggis and his staff were filming in the principal photography stage of production in Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania .On October 4, 2009, filming of the movie was ongoing and was set to complete on December 12, 2009.On December 14, 2009, thePittsburgh Post-Gazettereported that filming ofThe Next Three Dayswas going to wrap that day, after 52 days of shooting.

Release

In October 2009, the film was originally scheduled to be released in 2011,by March 2010, the Australian media company Village Roadshow was set to release the film in Australia in November 2010.It was released in the United States on November 19, 2010.

Reception

The Next Three Daysreceived mixed reviews. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 50% based on review from 144 critics, with an average score of 5.9/10. The critical consensus is: "Russell Crowe and Elizabeth Banks give it their all, but their solid performances aren't quite enough to compensate forThe Next Three Days'uneven pace and implausible plot." Despite this, over 65% "liked" the film, based on 31,430 user ratings.

Roger Ebert awarded the film two and a half out of four stars and said, "The Next Three Daysis not a bad movie, it's just somewhat of a waste of the talent involved."

Box office

The film earned $21,148,651 at the box office in the United States. Internationally it earned $30 million, for a worldwide total of $51,148,651.

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