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The Next Three Days

action & adventure, drama, romance, thrillers


John Brennan (Crowe) will stop at nothing to protect his family, but he's never had to put his life and others' on the line.When his wife is convicted of murder, and all appeals efforts are exhausted, the only hope he sees is breaking her out.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    52%
  • Audience Score
    66%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 14
Consumerism
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
Sex
2 out of 5
Violence
3 out of 5

Mature prison escape drama is tense, but also slow.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this suspenseful thriller from Oscar-winning filmmaker Paul Haggis (Crash) has violent sequences with dead bodies and blood, as well as attempted suicides and shouting/arguing. When the main character's (Russell Crowe) wife is accused of murder and imprisoned for life, he decides as a last resort to break her out of jail, no matter what the consequences. His choices and actions send a mixed message to teens about respecting the law, but, on the flip side, those same decisions may prompt some interesting discussions. Expect some language (including "s--t" and one "f--k"), references to drugs and drug dealers, and some sexual situations/talk, but no actual nudity.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the movie's violence. Since John isn't an action hero and doesn't always know what he's doing, is the violence more frightening than thrilling?
  • Did John make the right decision? Did he have any other options? Is there a true "right" or "wrong" choice here? Who decides where that line is drawn?
  • Do you think the movie justifies John's actions? What consequences does this family face at the end of the story?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Audience Reviews

3 stars

The Next Three Days is by far the best film from Paul Haggis to date. Working from the screenplay from the French-film Pour Elle, he turns this story about family torn apart into a nail-bitingly exciting cat and mouse game between cops and fugitives. One of this film's strongest elements is it's well made script. It takes it's time with characters and makes us care about them. The effect is pretty impressive, because in the final third when the film shifts it's gear into something more closer to an action-thriller, we really do care about these people and their fates. Haggis comes close to going over the top with some scenes at times, but mostly he handles the action and tension quite well. One of this film's strongest aspects is also well nuanced lead performance from Russel Crowe which suits this film perfectly. His portrait of a desperate man in a mission to safe his possibly innocent wife is possibly his best work on screen to date. The Next Three Days is not a perfect film and has some major flaws with logic but it is a wonderful example of well made entertainment.

- emilkakko, Tuesday, September 4, 2012

3 stars

The Next Three Days is by far the best film from Paul Haggis to date. Working from the screenplay from the French-film Pour Elle, he turns this story about family torn apart into a nail-bitingly exciting cat and mouse game between cops and fugitives. One of this film's strongest elements is it's well made script. It takes it's time with characters and makes us care about them. The effect is pretty impressive, because in the final third when the film shifts it's gear into something more closer to an action-thriller, we really do care about these people and their fates. Haggis comes close to going over the top with some scenes at times, but mostly he handles the action and tension quite well. One of this film's strongest aspects is also well nuanced lead performance from Russel Crowe which suits this film perfectly. His portrait of a desperate man in a mission to safe his possibly innocent wife is possibly his best work on screen to date. The Next Three Days is not a perfect film and has some major flaws with logic but it is a wonderful example of well made entertainment.

- emilkakko, Tuesday, September 4, 2012

3 stars

When this film begins, it looks like it's going to be filled with the pretty people, yet soon after, it transforms into a thriller that becomes faster paced as the story evolves. Certainly a film to keep you entertained throughout and there are various dimensions to the film to keep the interest of the viewer.

- 76Majikat, Tuesday, April 3, 2012