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The Next Three Days (2010)

PG-13  |   |  Crime, Drama, Romance  |  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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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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$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,542,779 (USA) (19 November 2010)


£2,461,248 (UK) (21 January 2011)

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Did You Know?


Mark Isham, director Paul Haggis's regular collaborator, did not compose the score to this film, due to their falling out over Haggis's highly publicized decision to leave the Church of Scientology, of which Isham is still a member. See more »


The Prius' tail light can be seen intact several times after the scene where it got damaged. See more »


[first lines]
David: Please, get me to a hospital. I can't breathe. I...
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Waltz Trio Session
Composed & Performed by Giorgio Rosciglione, Cinzia Gizzi and Gegè Munari
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Tense and Entertaining, The Way They Used to Be...
5 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Russell Crowe is a pretty reliable star, one who commands the screen with intelligence and enough bravado to get away with a film like this. Somehow, audiences and critics are getting more demanding and expect brainier and tighter story lines, but it's still plenty of fun to see a light, crazy ride like this... One where the hero is besieged by unfortunate circumstances and must one way or another succeed or die. With the help of Haggis' strong direction and a very good performance by Crow, we're treated to two hours of action, where one doesn't have to do a lot of thinking, just watching Crowe dodge bullet after bullet and cheer him along to the nail-biting end.

The main reason the film works is Crowe gives it his best, scene after scene his eyes tells us his character is committed to his family, and he will stand by them no matter what. There is very little background given to us, except for an opening scene which serves the purpose of planting the seed of doubt in our minds, but this only helps fuel the sense of despair and sadness that threatens to destroy this family.

Little by little, we follow Crowe's teacher, as he races against the clock to help his wife, and soon enough, he is dealing with the scum of society and an increasingly suspicious police force. Relationships with his family are tense at best, and any new relationships are threatened his wife's past. It's the attention to this intimate and personal moments that makes us care for him, even when he makes a couple of disturbing moves.

One thing you won't be is bored, as the circle tightens, so that his quest might not get his desired results. Fine work is done by a cast that includes Brian Dennehy, Liam Nelson, and Jsson Beghe. This is what movies are made for.

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