The Next Three Days Stretches All Bounds of Believability
- Friday, November 19, 2010
Somewhere between John learning how to make a bump key for future break-ins on YouTube, heading to the ghetto in his Prius so he can snag fake passports and OxyContin and successfully blowing up a meth lab, the script just loses its way. Sure, suspending your disbelief is almost a requirement for most movie-watching these days, but completely throwing any semblance of logic out the window is another matter altogether.
Truth be told, there's just not much about The Next Three Days that rings even close to true, despite an intriguing premise. Without proper support in even exploring the question's deeper implications, not to mention developing why John was so unwaveringly devoted to Lara's innocence when the screenplay barely established their relationship, you can't help but wonder why Haggis even tried in the first place.
Drugs/Alcohol: Social drinking depicted, plus John resorts to dealing with drug dealers to get fake passports and OxyContin. A meth lab is blown up.
Language/Profanity: One use of the "f" word, plus a smattering of other profanity including a--, da--, and he--. The Lord's name is also taken in vain on a couple of occasions.
Sex/Nudity: No sex or nudity. We see Lara and her hubby making out in a car. Later on, Lara is disappointed that she's not allowed conjugal visits in prison. In the film's opening scene, Lara gets angry with her "friend" who always hits on her husband and wears extremely low-cut tops.
Violence: We see brief glimpses of what led up to the murder of Lara's co-worker, including her getting hit on the head with a fire extinguisher. Lara attempts suicide, although all we see are her bandaged wrists after the fact. John ventures into Pittsburgh's ghetto to get fake passports, which leads to him getting majorly beat up and being warned not to show up there again. Of course, John doesn't stay away, and that leads to the death of two drug dealers by gunfire. There are also some intense scenes where John is running from the law—and breaking all the rules in the process.
Christa Banister is a full-time freelancer writer, specializing in music, movies and books-related reviews and interviews and is the author of two novels, Around the World in 80 Dates and Blessed Are the Meddlers. Based in Dallas, Texas, she also weighs in on various aspects of pop culture on her personal blog.
For more information, including her upcoming book signings and sample chapters of her novels, check out her Website.
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