On intial spec 3 Days To Kill looks like it could have been cut right from the Taken mold. We have a lone American stationed in Europe, he has some sort of agency experience and so is trained in special weapons and tactics. We notice that he has a strained relationship with his daughter and is divorced from his wife because he was married to his job. Of course we also notice that in the credits; Taken creator Luc Besson, is the writer and we think we can predict how this film will playout...
However in watching the film I can tell you that it is not like Taken, it is not as accomplished in both its film making, but more importantly in what it aims to be.
"...unfortunately there are some absurd and cliche ideas of French noir. And all of this is wrapped within an action film that should have really concentrated on making the lacklustre action scenes better."
For all 3DTK's bad reviews, no one has it the upon the fact, that it looks like Director McG (Charlie's Angels, Terminator: Salvation) is boldly experimenting. And where as I often give kudos to those trying to be different, unfortunately in this case McG hasn't quite worked out the best way to present his ideas. His attempts at black humour are hit and miss, the social commentary is relevant but done like a made-for-TV Christmas special - new baby born included and unfortunately there are some absurd and cliche ideas of French noir. And all of this is wrapped within an action film that should have really concentrated on making the lacklustre action scenes better.
Luc Besson's Leon to me is European film making with American aesthetics - this here production is a little too muddled up to know what the hell it is. I respect McG for the effort of trying to create something fresh within a standardised format, but it's just shy of being totally cohesive - from Amber Head's alternate personality (why?) to the squatter drama that is too frikken Disney.
The execution of ideas, not the ideas themselves is what is off with this film, this is definitely a DVD/download watch.