3 Days to Kill (2014)
Ethan Renner is a retired CIA assassin, who finds himself in a Snake Plisken like situation of having only a few days left to live, unless he can pull one more job for his former employers. This movie is more or less how I expected The Family to be like. It’s another comedic blending of the action comedy/family drama movie. Costner is awesome as the hard boiled, nihilistic hitman with a soft side when it comes to his wife and daughter. The action in this movie is straight up enough to be acceptable in a serious action movie of the variety we’ve all been accustomed to getting since the first Taken movie. The mix of tongue and cheek family comedy and gritty nihilistic spy/action movie is awkward at points overall I thought the relationship between Costner and his daughter/wife in this picture was solid enough to serve as a good base for the rest of the movie. Amber Heard is great as the uber sexy and dangerous femme fatale CIA assassin who pulls Costner’s strings the entire movie. Hailee Steinfeld, the amazing young actress who first wowed me in her role as Mattie Ross in the Coen Brothers “True Grit” remake is, while not as impressive, still very effective here. While it is clunky in parts, in the end the pendulum swings more towards the good than the bad with this one for me. Probably my second favorite McG movie behind Terminator Salvation. Although, as a kid I did love the Charlie’s Angels movies for purely pubescent related reasons.