Three days of fun
Anyone might need a trip to the cinematic fairground after directing features that depict the depressing issues of racism (Crash) and the war in Iraq (In the Valley of Elah). After all, we are but humans. Haggis seems to have reached just that conclusion in his latest movie, which shows his talent for classic action. The life of a seemingly perfect family lies in ruins after the mother (Banks) is (wrongly?) arrested for murder. After trying his luck with the legal system, the father (Crowe) decides to take the law into his own hands and break her out of prison. If you can look past the fact that Crowe changes overnight from being a simple university teacher to planning a break so flawless, foreseeing and flexible that it would make Prison Break’s Michael Scofield look like a complete amateur, the action-packed plot and in-your-face tragicomic humor make it hard not to get dragged in. And if nothing else, it hopefully means that Haggis has now had his playtime and is ready for his next heavyweighter.
Directed by Paul Haggis (USA 2010) | with Russell Crowe, Elizabeth Banks, Liam Neeson. Opens January 20