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The Next Three Days (2010)

PG-13 | | Action, Crime, Drama | 19 November 2010 (USA)
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A married couple's life is turned upside down when the wife is accused of a murder.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mick Brennan
Toby Green ...
Three Year Old Luke
Tyler Green ...
Three Year Old Luke
Female Guard 1
Elizabeth Gesas
Junkie (as Alissa Haggis)


Lara Brennan is arrested for murdering her boss with whom she had an argument. It seems she was seen leaving the scene of the crime and her fingerprints were on the murder weapon. Her husband, John would spend the next few years trying to get her released, but there's no evidence that negates the evidence against her. And when the strain of being separated from her family, especially her son, gets to her, John decides to break her out. So he does a lot of research to find a way. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Lose who you are to save what you love. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence, drug material, language, some sexuality and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 November 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los próximos tres días  »

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Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,542,779, 21 November 2010, Wide Release

Gross USA:


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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The "bump key" technique used by Russell Crowe's character does actually work as portrayed on older and cheaper (non-antibump) cylinder locks. However, the car lock tennis ball technique has been busted as a myth on MythBusters: Viewers' Special (2007) See more »


When John and Lara bypass the zoo exit they continue on the Highland Park Bridge. Shortly after, after the car avoids a truck and spins out of control, they come to a stop. As they exit the vehicle, you can clearly see Chestnut Ridge mountain in the background putting them on toll Route 43 outside of Uniontown, PA. This is over an hour-and-a-half from the Pittsburgh zoo. See more »


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Be the One
Written by Moby (as Richard Melville Hall)
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An exhilarating edge of the seat thriller.
4 December 2010 | by See all my reviews

Just saw this at a London preview screening.

I have not seen the original that this is apparently a remake of so I cannot compare. What I can say is that this movie was deftly directed with a perfect pacing that smoothly shifts through each gear from 1 to full throttle. It starts off with the necessary slow exposition, transitioning to a heartfelt family crisis drama and crime thriller with the tension slowly cranking up to a breakneck speed when I was literally holding my breath in the compelling edge of the seat finale.

What I admire most about this film is the smooth kinetic flow from scene to scene. There didn't seem to be any implausible leap in logic apart from maybe towards the end but everything just connects together so well. All of the actors were superb in their roles. As for Russel Crowe, well I can't think of many actors who expresses wordless undying love better than he can. He is simply a master of it and you just cant help root for him even if he makes or contemplates morally wrong decisions. His character is beautifully played with all the invulnerability, weaknesses and stubborn obsession he possesses.

The supporting actors were all excellent in the little screen time that they each get. And there is even a brilliant cameo by a well known Irish actor (shant spoil who it is for you) that sparked up the screen briefly in an instrumental role to the plot. The great Brian Denhhey also has a few minutes on screen time as Crowes father, hardly uttering a word but you just know exactly what is going on in his mind and it is absolutely touching.

So in summary, this is a top thriller with an exhilarating edge of the seat 3rd act, enriched by beautifully touching moments and thick underlying subtext of undying love.

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