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The Next Three Days

A prison break drama with a twist which, incredibly, isn’t ninjas or nudity or extra guns, but mundanity. Russell Crowe shambles through over two hours of being Regular Guy, who’s life is torn apart when his wife is unexpectedly locked away. As she turns suicidally sad-faced, unremarkable Russ lurches towards an unlikely rescue that checks credulity at the door but remains steadfastly tedious and emotionally overwrought. The climactic dash is spectacularly co-ordinated, but the film loses itself in a sea of lazy moral equivalences, and Crowe’s transition from bumbler to cell-breaker is abrupt and will leave you feeling short-changed.

This text originally appeared in Total Film magazine

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