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Paul Haggis’ Remake May Not Be as Great as Previous Films


Lionsgate’s The Next Three Days (PG -13), which hits theatres Nov. 19, is a suspense-thriller remake of the 2008 French film “Anything For Her” directed by Fred Cavaye.

The Next Three Days is about a man named John Brennan (Russell Crowe) who goes through extraordinary lengths to free his arrested wife (Elizabeth Banks) from a murder crime she didn’t commit. The film follows Brennan three years after his wife’s arrest as he struggles to raise his young son without her. After realizing that his wife is on the verge of suicide, he tries to beat the system in order to free her from prison.

The film also stars Liam Neeson, and Olivia Wilde.

The film is written and directed by Paul Haggis, who won two Oscars, one for writing Million Dollar Baby’s screenplay and the other for directing Crash.

But will Haggis’ directing expertise and creative skills land him another Oscar with The Next Three Days?

Critic Todd McCarthy from the Hollywood Reporter doesn’t think so.

Fred Cavaye’s original “Anything For Her”

He said the remake fell flat from the original. “This remake of a recent French film never reaches the anticipated heights of excitement and suspense,” McCarthy said. “And Russell Crowe’s subdued characterization of an ordinary man who undertakes extraordinary actions remains a little too ordinary.”

We’ll just have to wait until Nov. 19 to see what other critics have to say about this remake!

One response

  1. Good!

    November 11, 2010 at 7:51 pm

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