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3 Days To Kill Review


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French filmmaker Luc Besson continues to combine family themes with intense violence (see Taken), but at least this film has a wry sense of humour about it. Director McG refuses to take the story seriously (see Charlie's Angels), balancing the escalating body count with a silly father-daughter drama to make this an enjoyably absurd guilty pleasure.

Kevin Costner stars as Ethan, a veteran CIA hitman who finds out that he's only got three months to live. So he retires and returns home to Paris to reconnect with his ex-wife Christine (Connie Nielsen) and their now-teen daughter Zooey (Hailee Steinfeld). But just as he discovers a family of immigrants squatting in his flat, the vampy CIA operative Vivi (Amber Heard) appears and coaxes him back into service for one last job, paying him with both cash and an experimental cancer treatment. So as he tracks down international arms dealers, he's also trying to bond with Zooey over three days of babysitting while Christine is away on business. But of course this is also just when the violence breaks out.

McG does a great job of cutting back and forth between these two story strands: the tetchy-sweet fatherly stuff and the action-man shootouts, car chases and fist-fights. Ethan even has to interrupt a spot of torture when Zooey gets in trouble at school. This wildly bizarre mixture of goofy sentimentality and vicious brutality takes in all of Paris' picturesque landmarks. And since this is a Luc Besson script, it's only a matter of time before the two elements merge for a big climax. Yes, everything is ludicrously predictable, but there's just enough spark to keep us entertained.

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From Paris With Love Review


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From the gun-happy guys who brought us Taken, here's another slice of misogynistic, xenophobic mayhem from the City of Light. And like Taken, it's both utterly preposterous and annoyingly entertaining.

James (Rhys Meyers) is assistant to the American Ambassador to France (Durden) and is hoping to get involved in intelligence work. James' big break interrupts a romantic evening with his fiancee (Smutniak) as he's assigned to team up with notorious agent Charlie Wax (Travolta). The next 24 hours is a blur of bullets, bombs, cocaine, hookers and terrorists, while James just tries to keep up with Charlie's trail of carnage. And eventually he begins to see a method to Charlie's madness.

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Adi Hasak Thursday 28th January 2010 'From Paris With Love' premiere held at the Ziegfeld Theatre - Arrivals New York City, USA

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Shadow Conspiracy Review


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Enemy of the State, The Manchurian Candidate, The Fugitive... which of these movies is Shadow Conspiracy not trying to be? Despite an all-star cast, this rotten flick came and went in the blink of an eye, with Charlie Sheen trying to uncover a (gasp!) plot to kill the president. The story's driven completely by coincidence and baffling lunacy, and you'll be driven... to press eject on your VCR.
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French filmmaker Luc Besson continues to combine family themes with intense violence (see Taken), but...

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