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The Next Three Days

by Cap'n Carrot on March 22, 2011 · 0 comments

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How far would you go for the person you love? That’s the central question at the heart of writer/director Paul Haggis‘ dramatic thriller The Next Three Days.

After his wife (Elizabeth Banks) is incarcerated for a murder she didn’t commit, and every legal option is exhausted, John Brennan (Russell Crowe) decides to take the only choice left. He begins planning to break his wife out of prison and flee the country with their young son (Ty Simpkins).

Haggis delivers a compelling thriller filled with hard choices as John finds himself going further and further down the rabbit hole. The film is scattered with an assortment of strong supporting roles (Olivia Wilde, Jason Beghe, Liam NeesonAisha Hinds, Brian Dennehy), but the weight of the story falls entirely on Crowe’s shoulders and, not surprisingly, he delivers.

The Blu-ray and DVD come with the usual assortment of extras including extended and deleted scenes and short featurettes on the making of the film. Unless you simply want to see it again there’s nothing extra here to cause you to return to the film unless, like me, you missed it in theaters. That said, I was surprised how much I enjoyed The Next Three Days, and it is worth a first, or second, look on DVD.

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Robin Hood

by mr sparkle on May 14, 2010 · 2 comments

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I’ve been asked by several friends and family members over the past week – “What’s the buzz on the new Robin Hood movie?”  Before I saw the movie, I simply replied that I hadn’t heard anything yet, but I expect at least decent things from its helmer, the iconic Ridley Scott.  He may have never matched the greatness of his early features Alien and Blade Hunter; but he’s always put out interesting work.  To say that movies like Black Hawk DownBody of Lies, and Matchstick Men will go down as his lesser works says a lot about the filmmaker.

So even though I thought the trailers presented little need for a retelling of the Robin Hood tale,  I trusted that Scott would make it worth my time.

WRONG [click to continue…]

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Made ya look.

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