Having reinvented Liam Neeson as an absurdly indestructible middle-aged action hero in the Taken movies, writer-producer Luc Besson tries to repeat the feat with a grizzled Kevin Costner in 3 Days to Kill.
Costner’s very game as the film’s veteran semi-retired CIA agent protagonist, Ethan Renner, who is torn between eliminating an international arms dealer at the behest of Amber Heard’s extravagantly sultry spook and winning back his estranged wife (Connie Nieslen) and stroppy teenage daughter (Hailee Steinfeld). Ethan’s been saddled with terminal brain cancer, too, with an experimental drug being dangled before him as inducement to complete his mission.
Director McG (Charlie’s Angels) sends him dashing hither and thither across Paris, knocking lumps out of assorted bad guys while simultaneously trying to bond with his petulant offspring, but this time the Taken formula of ultra-violence and sentiment fails to deliver the same guilty-pleasure thrills.
Certificate 12A. Runtime 117 mins. Director McG.
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