In his role as producer and scriptwriter, Luc Besson churns out another testosterone-fuelled action-thriller to complement The Transporter, Taken and Brick Mansions.
Like those pictures, 3 Days To Kill splices a preposterous plot with explosive set pieces and offbeat humour, casting Kevin Costner as a former CIA agent who is wooed back into active service in the final months of his blood-stained life.
Besson’s script, co-written by Adi Hasak, is crudely and clumsily constructed, and peppered with scenes of staggering implausibility. For example, the gun-toting hero’s daughter enjoys her first kiss at a society party, completely oblivious to the deafening booms and crashes of a shootout downstairs.
And when Costner’s assassin-for-hire shunts a bad guy’s car off a Parisian bridge, extras go merrily on their way as if high-speed collisions are an everyday occurrence in the capital.
But as the title suggests, the film unfolds in a restricted timeframe, which at least manages to heighten suspense.