The plot of The Next Three Days consists of a husband and wife (Russell Crowe and Elizabeth Banks) and their young son, as well as the husband's parents, who are present throughout. The police raid their house and arrest Banks' character Lara, with their son in the room. She is tried and imprisoned for murder, with her fingerprints on the murder weapon, and is looking at life in prison. The murder victim is Lara's boss so the police see a motive there as well. Crowe's character, John, takes care of their son with the help of his parents as he continues his job teaching at a junior college, while visiting Lara in prison regularly. He is completely sure that she is innocent, no matter what the police or judge says. He begins to organize a plan to help Lara escape, while Lara, their son, and John's parents have no idea what he is planning.
I liked this movie a lot. Everyone in the film gives good performances, and although it is a familiar plotline, it comes across as an original film, worthy of being added to the genre. It is a great film about love and family, and what a person will go through to be with the one they love and reunite their family. John does all the planning and strategy in secret, and if anyone knew, they would of course not support him risking his freedom as well as potentially further negatively impacting his son's life. John would rather give up his freedom and fatherhood than raise his son by himself without Lara. Lara begins to give up on herself, believing that she is facing a life term, but John remains determined and diligent in freeing her. A compelling movie with a good mix of emotion, nail-biting tension, and intense sequences make this an enjoyable, worthwhile film. I definitely recommend you rent this film in The Next Three Days. Or, you know, whenever it suits you.
Also recommended if you like this film: Law Abiding Citizen
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