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The Next Three Days is seriously unsatisfying 

Paul Haggis misses the mark and Elizabeth Banks is a hot mess.

Paul Haggis directs Russell Crowe in this jail-break movie of stifling seriousness. Elizabeth Banks, Crowe’s glam wife and mother to their moppet son, is accused and convicted of a co-worker’s murder. She chafes under the pressures of prison life and the separation from her family. (Also, her hair goes to shit.) Is she innocent or guilty? Haggis high-mindedly prods us into wrestling with the implications of Crowe’s prison break attempt, watering down the storytelling with pompous moral parable. Guys, massage our brains with a Swiss-watch plot; the train in Unstoppable was more intellectually satisfying.
The Next Three Days
Rated PG-13 (MPAA) · 122 min. · 2010
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Director: Paul Haggis
Writer: Paul Haggis and Fred Cavayé
Cast: Liam Neeson, Russell Crowe, Elizabeth Banks, Olivia Wilde, Jonathan Tucker, Brian Dennehy, RZA, Lennie James, Jason Beghe and Moran Atias


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