3 Days to Kill : Movie Review

A Hollywood director with fittingly commercial sensibilities, McG has not always attached himself to the best material (2006's "We Are Marshall" and 2012's "This Means War," for instance), but there is a stylistically perky modernism to everything he does. In films such as 2000's "Charlie's Angels" and its lesser but still solid sequel, 2003's "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle," he managed the tricky feat of taking a television property rooted firmly in the late-'70s and updating it for the twenty-first century with such a fun pop-rock personality and humor that it became one-hundred percent its own entity. McG's behind-the-scenes energy is once again in evidence in "3 Days to Kill," but not even some good performances and rousing uses of music can cloak the unexceptional, frequently schizophrenic screenplay by Adi Hasak (2010's "From Paris with Love") and Luc Besson (2013's "The Family"). As a blackly comic action movie, it is usually more obvious than absurdly inspired, while its father-daughter story is so tritely handled as to intermittently turn into the equivalent of a cheeseball Downy commercial.

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Author : Dustin Putman