Review: ‘3 Days to Kill’ tries to do too many things and fails at all

2014-02-21-3-Days-to-Kill-movie-posterFrench filmmaker Luc Besson has been responsible for some great action movies, including “The Professional,” “Taken,” “Unleashed,” “The Fifth Element” and “The Transporter.”

No one bats .1000, but past successes come with increased expectations. Such was the case with “3 Days to Kill,” co-written by Besson, directed by McG (“Charlie’s Angels,” “We Are Marshall”) and starring Kevin Costner (“Jack Ryan”).

We get the usual action we’ve come to expect from Besson scripts and McG films, and Costner satisfyingly provides a gravelly (literally, in the case of his voice) veteran trying to finish one last mission. But the script is all over the place, trying to be about five different movies at one time, and failing to deliver a cohesive whole to enjoy.

It’s not January anymore, but there still isn’t a bevy of great films to choose from, so “3 Days to Kill” can provide some popcorn enjoyment, but that’s about it.

The movie is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some sensuality and language.

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