Sunday, February 23, 2014

Movie Night...

Den of the Beastly Bear

Hi Folks!

REALLY late today...

Kathy and I went to see "3 Days to Kill" today, the new Kevin Costner film.

If you are an action film buff, and I tell you it is based on a story by Luc know what you're in for.

For those of you less "in the know" let me explain. You have all probably seen a Luc Besson film, you just don't know it...examples? Ok...
"The fifth Element"
"Léon: The Professional"
"The Transporter" 1, 2, and 3
"Le Femme Nikita" movie & TV series
"Point of No Return"
"Taken" 1 & 2
"The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc"
"From Paris With Love"
"The Big Blue"
These are but the English language films he has been a part of...not to mention his French film credits.…

Check any of them out, to get your "action" fix!

Getting back to "3 Days to Kill"!
Kevin Costner plays aging CIA operative Ethan Renner, who has abandoned his wife and daughter in an attempt to insulate them from his violent life.

Forced to retire, and given but a short time to live due to illness he is determined to spend what time he has left with his family, who are now living in Paris.

As you can imagine his reception is frosty at best...
He convinces his estranged wife(Connie Neilsen) to let him back into their lives once she learns he's dying.
With, but one caveat...that he is done working

Assuring her he is, he sets out to reconnect with his now teenage daughter(Hailee Steinfeld).

Enter "ViVi"(Amber Heard) a top CIA operative that offers him a her find and kill "The Wolf"
in exchange for an experimental drug which may save his life.  

The scenes between Costner and Steinfeld are alternately frustrating and he slowly wins her over.

Of course car chases, gun fights and explosions ensue.
Every time he almost achieves his goal, victory is snatched from his hands.

Another mark of Luc Besson films is humor interspersed amongst the violence...cheifly between a mid level crook Costner needs info well as advice on how to handle his teenage the crook has teenage twin girls!

Paris itself is as much a character in the films as the actors. From the cobblestone streets to the Eiffel Tower, the city of lights is on full display.

I won't spoil the movie for you, but if you're familiar with the formula I'll bet you can figure how things turn out.

As with most movies of this type, it's not the destination so much as the journey to get there.

We enjoyed it, and I think you would too...
Come date night, you could do a lot worse.

Happy viewing!

Be Well Folks!

Beastly Bear


  1. I saw the ad for this on TV and it looked interesting. Unfortunately you practically have to take out a loan to go to the movies these days. I refuse to pay those ridiculous prices for admission and food, then sit through a half hour of previews. Then there are the people who continue to use their cell phones (don't speak up or you might get shot), and the sound of them eating popcorn bums me out. I'll wait for it to come on cable!

    1. One of our local Multiplex's offer a before noon matinée for $4.75 on Fri.,Sat., and Sun. mornings....makes it much more affordable, plus far fewer people.
      The benefits of watching at home though are enumerable! Better chairs, stopping it while you take a bathroom break, and when you say "What did he say?" you can just back it up! Lol

  2. Usually I don't go to the theatre to see movies. Something about being holed up for hours in a dark place with strangers.. Buttttttt.. Every now and again a movie will come up that I must see and this sounds like one of them. I'm not a huge Kevin Costner fan but I do love action films and 'Taken' is #2 beyond the Bourne movies for me, 'Law Abiding Citizen' coming in a very, very close third. Thanks for the review. I'll definitely be seeing it. :)

  3. I don't go near as often as I used to, never used to miss a good action film. Kathy prefers romantic comedies, and preferably those starring Sandra Bullock, so that severely limits her movie going desire!