|One Of The Films Of 2010 - 5/5|
Elizabeth Banks also stepped out of her comfort zone for her role as wife Lara Brennan. We don't really see that much from her but what we do see is her decent into suicidal tendencies after being in jail for so many years. She may play 'chick-flick' types characters often but she is certainly capable of giving a solid performance.
Back to the story, and what I liked about Crowe's character was that he was easy to relate to. Normally we see him as gun-toting action heroes but here Crowe was an ordinary dad living an ordinary life. I think the fact that he was so ordinary made the desperation in his performance so potent and effective. We see his journey
as he attempts a wild scheme to break his wife out of prison, with a little help from a cameod Liam Neeson, as well as trying to hold his family life together. What was good about the whole escaping prison scenes towards the end of the film was that they were not fully revealed to us before they happened. We were shown glimpses of his plans and were allowed to connect the dots as the scenes progressed. I also enjoyed the touches of the typical 'couple' arguments whilst they were escaping as they weren't done too often and were actually quite funny.
In a year of huge films such as Black Swan, The Fighter and The King's Speech it is easy to see why The Next Three Days was slightly overlooked. However, for the brilliance of Crowe's performance and the way the story unfolded I would have to say the film was one of my favourite 2010 films. It would appeal to a wide audience and I would say it is one not to be missed. Check it out!
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