A tasty, pressure-cooker story is served lukewarm in 'The Next Three Days.' In his third outing as a director, Paul Haggis leaves aside political editorializing to focus on the intense efforts of a teacher to free his wife from 20 years' imprisonment on a murder charge by the only means left to him -- engineering her escape.
Although involving, this remake of a recent French film never reaches the anticipated heights of excitement and suspense, and Russell Crowe's subdued characterization of an ordinary man who undertakes extraordinary actions remains a little too ordinary. This Lionsgate release looks headed for moderate box-office returns.
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