Movie Review: 3 Days to Kill

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Arguably, the advertising campaign for this film falsely represents what the film really is, a daughter-father relationship drama / comedy intermittent with some action.  The film never builds itself up as an action film.  It could have, but it chose not to; an intriguing opening act featuring an international terrorist and a leather-wearing Amber Heard playing a top CIA agent gave way to Kevin Costner’s character trying to rekindle with his daughter, played by Hailee Steinfeld, who he’d barely seen for most of her life.

Halfway into the film I almost forgot about what Costner’s character was supposed to do because it steered too far off course.  That being said, it wasn’t exactly too bad, as Costner, at this stage of his career, excels at playing the middle-aged father figure (as he did in “Man of Steel”, the 2013 Superman reboot).  The relationship between Steinfeld and Coster’s characters is surprisingly heart-warming, to the point where it almost became unnecessary for the action to kick back in.

It’s not a horrible movie.  It just struggled with its identity.  In a movie season that is starting to pick up as early as April, wait for this to come out on DVD.

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Movie Review: 300 – Rise of an Empire

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When you make a movie that is iconic as “300,” people will inevitably compare any sequel to the original.

Sadly, I have to say that in every aspect, “Rise of an Empire” feels far short of the first “300.”  Even though the stakes are higher, the tone and atmosphere of the film does not retain the glorious, no-holds-barred attitude of its predecessor.

What was magical about the first “300” was that, in a rare case, we witness a story where the warriors are happy about sacrificing themselves for their cause, even though we were never entirely sure for what cause they were fighting.  It was pure camp and corny, but they pulled it off brilliantly and made it look easy.

Examples of films that tries to emulate the feel of “300” are “Clash of the Titans,” and “Immortals,” and these films show that ancient-swords-and-sandals films, if not done the right way, can be cringingly-corny and difficult to watch.  Sadly, ‘Rise of an Empire” dabbles into this area of mediocrity at times.

“300: Rise of An Empire” is a decent time at the theatres, but don’t expect anything as epic and awing as the first “300.”