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The Next Three Days (2010)

  • Rate: 7.4/10 total 66,061 votes 
  • Genre: Crime | Drama | Romance | Thriller
  • Release Date: 19 November 2010 (USA)
  • Runtime: 133 min | Portugal:132 min
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The Next Three Days (2010)


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  • IMDb page: The Next Three Days (2010)
  • Rate: 7.4/10 total 66,061 votes 
  • Genre: Crime | Drama | Romance | Thriller
  • Release Date: 19 November 2010 (USA)
  • Runtime: 133 min | Portugal:132 min
  • Filming Location: Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia
  • Budget: $35,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $21,129,348(USA)(2 January 2011)
  • Director: Paul Haggis
  • Stars: Russell Crowe, Elizabeth Banks and Liam Neeson
  • Original Music By: Danny Elfman   
  • Soundtrack: Waltz Trio Session
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS
  • Plot Keyword: Evidence | Murder | Argument | Murder Weapon | County Jail

Writing Credits By:

  • Paul Haggis (screenplay)
  • Fred Cavayé (screenplay "Pour elle") and
  • Guillaume Lemans (screenplay "Pour elle")

Known Trivia

  • Paul Haggis and Olivia Wilde share the same birthday.
  • Elizabeth Banks had previously played a family woman accused of murder in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
  • The telephone and fax numbers on the labwork are the actual numbers for Med-Health Services in Monroeville, PA, a real medical lab facility.
  • The labwork that John scans with his iPhone shows the director’s as “JP Jones, M.D.”. John Paul “JP” Jones was the property master for the film.
  • The “bump key” technique used by Crowe does actually work as portrayed, on cylinder locks.
  • When the family is going through airport security, a picture of Osama Bin Laden can be clearly seen on the agent’s computer screen as part of a gallery of wanted criminals used to screen passengers.
  • John prints an ad for a helicopter pilot posted on Craig’s List. It was dated October 14, 2011.

Goofs: Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When offering to take her grandson to a folk festival, John's mother mispronounces the name of the city, Kutztown, which is in eastern Pennsylvania and quite a long drive from Pittsburgh. Pennsylvania residents would be well aware of the correct pronunciation. The U in Kutztown has the same sound as the OO in "book."

Plot: A married couple's life is turned upside down when the wife is accused of a murder. Full summary »  »

Story: Lara Brennan is arrested for murdering her boss with whom she had an argument. It seems she was seen leaving the scene of the crime and her fingerprints were on the murder weapon. Her husband, John would spend the next few years trying to get her released, but there's no evidence that negates the evidence against her. And when the strain of being separated from her family, especially her son, gets to her, John decides to break her out. So he does a lot of research to find a way.Written by  


Synopsis: The credits roll with John Brennan (Russel Crowe) driving a Prius. He has a passenger who is making moaning sounds about how he can’t breathe. Suddenly, the guy stops moaning.

Titles say "Last three years." John and Lara Brennan (Elizabeth Banks), and his brother Mick (Michael Buie) and wife Erit (Moran Atias) are out to dinner and it is not going well. Erit and Lara are fighting over whether it’s a good idea for women to work for other women and it turns into a real nasty verbal cat fight. Lara has just had a big fight with her boss. John and Lara head home, relieve the sitter, and make out. Next morning, she injects herself with insulin. As she’s getting ready, she notices a spot on her rain jacket and is washing it out in the sink – just as she realizes that it’s blood, the police storm in and arrest her for the murder of her boss. Their 3 year old son Luke (Tyler & Toby Green) is bawling.

Three years later, John is a community college teacher who is teaching English. He tries to manage his job and raising Luke (now 7 and played by Tyler Simpkins). Lara is in the Alleghaney County jail (Pittsburgh, PA), having been convicted of the murder. Her case is on appeal. She’s allowed contact visits and he brings Luke to the jail. Lara’s story is that she physically bumped into someone in the parking garage at her work who must have been the actual killer. She heard a button pop.

Lara’s lawyer (Daniel Stern) tells John that all hope is lost. John tells Lara. She attempts suicide. During the next three months, he resolves to spring her out and leave the country and starts to make a plan.

He gets library books about prison life and how to escape. He meets with, Damon Pennington (Liam Neeson), an ex-con who gives him some tips. He has 15 minutes to get out of the centre of the city and 35 minutes to get out of the metro region, in this case, Pittsburgh. He will need three passports, a social security card that will pass a credit check and driver’s licenses. He will also need money to live off because without money he will have no friends. He needs a foreign getaway such as Yemen, with poor relations with the USA. Penningtion tells him to look for ways to break the jail routines. Pennington also says that if he does this, he must decide that he is a guy who is willing to shoot a guard and run over a lady with a stroller, and if he’s not, then don’t start because he’ll just get someone hurt.

He starts scouting, scoping the jail, the routine, taking pictures, making maps, planning.

John buys oxy-contin from street dealers and asks them about fake IDs. One dealer directs him to a noisy bar to see another guy, but he gets beaten and robbed.

While he’s at the park with Luke, he meets Nicole (Olivia Wilde), a divorced woman with a girl about Luke’s age.

He sees a video on the Internet about how to make a bump key. He tries to make a bump key, but it gets jammed when he tries to use it in a practice run on the jail elevator. He tries to move it, but the key breaks off in the lock. The jail sergeant interrogates him, he denies being by the elevator (the surveilance video was not clear). He vomits hurls when he walks out of the jail. The cops who investigated his wife (Aisha Hinds and Jason Beghe) see him throw up and go visit him at his house, but he doesn’t answer the door. John puts the house on the market.

He often leaves Luke with his parents (Hellen Carey and Bryan Dennehy) over the weekend. John is upset his mother doesn’t seem to believe Lara is innocent.

While scouting, he notices a medical van visit the jail. He reads on the Internet how you can use a tennis ball with a hole in it to open a car door. While the driver is in inside a building, he breaks into the vehicle, photos a copy of Lara’s blood work. At home he photoshops the blood work report so that Lara’s glucose level looks dangerously high.

A deaf guy (Zachary Sondrini) who was in the bar where he got jumped tells John that he read his lips and that he’ll make the IDs for a fee. He gets the IDs from him, but the deaf guy warns him that he wants it too much after John doesn’t follow his instructions regarding their meeting.

John buys a gun.

Luke and John see Nicole and her daughter at a park again and they invite Luke to the daughter’s 7th birthday party. John admits his wife is in jail for murder.

Suddenly, Lara is being moved to prison in three days.

John’s dad can tell that something is up and sees plane tickets and passports among his papers. He shakes his hand and gives him a hug, implying that he knows what he’s up to and that he has his blessing.

John only has a couple of grand. He can’t get the house to close any faster. He parks near a bank and puts on a baseball hat and sunglasses. The bank guard opens the door for a lady with a stroller and he chickens out, backs out without looking and almost hits a mom and her child. He decides to follow a drug dealer and tails the bright red Challenger. He charges the meth lab house with his gun and tries to find out where the money stash is. He shoots the leader to show he means business and sets the house on fire with alcohol. The leader claims his kid is upstairs and dashes off, John follows warily. After a short gunfight the leader is dead and the street dealer is badly wounded. John finds an open safe of cash and fills a duffel bag. He starts to leave, but the dealer begs him not to let him die here. Backing out John breaks his tail lamp lens. Back to the scene from the credits. John leaves the dealer’s body on a transit bench.

In the morning John and Luke pack up. John tears down his planning wall collage and puts one garbage bag in the neighbor’s bin, the other down the street. John breaks into the medical van with Luke in the car, swaps Lara’s blood work results, cuts the phone lines at the lab. John then drops Luke two hours early at the birthday party, says he needs to run some errands. He tells Nicole that Luke’s grandparent’s phone number is in his jacket, in case John is late.

At the hospital a doctor sees the lab report and tries to call the lab for confirmation, but they get a busy signal. They decide to transport Lara to a hospital asap.

Lieutenant Nabulsi is supervising the detectives who investigated the murder for which Lara was convicted and also the murders of the drug dealer. The view the charred meth lab house. The cops find the broken tail lamp lens. Six Prius are registered to felons including a murderer and a rapist. Murderer is incarcerated. Rapist is out. Rapist is in a wheel chair. Check the murderer – does she have a husband or child of driving age? Yes – it’s Lara’s car and guess what? she just got transported to the hospital.

Has his officers call the escort. They say everything is secure. But, Nabulsi runs to the hospital anyway. Then John bursts in with a gun, gets everyone in the room tied up, gets Lara to put on civilian clothes (several layers). She is not a happy camper. Tries to talk him out of it. He threatens her that she needs to call Luke and tell him not to expect her – he’s waiting for her. Then she’s with him. They walk quickly through the hospital, first with white lab coats, which they ditch to try to throw the cops off their trail. They come face to face with Nabulsi but manage to escape in the eleavtor. They change clothes several times. They blend in with the crowd, but Nabulsi is on their tail. They board a commuter train. Nabulsi just misses them and chases the train on foot and tries to get it stopped. John stops the train with the eestop. He and Lara jump off. He had previously cut a whole in a chain link fence. They hop into a Chevy Traverse SUV that he has parked there. They just get over the bridge before the police get it blocked off.

They drive to the party to pick Luke up. Luke’s not there, Nicole has taken all the kids to the zoo. They’ll be back in an hour. They start to drive to the zoo. They’re running out of time on the 35 minute window. At the last second, he ditches the zoo plan and enters an interstate. He explains about road blocks and that they will come abck for Luke somehow later. Lara opens the car door, apparently attempting suicide and lets herself fall. John grabs her and manages to control the spinning SUV. After a reconcilatory pause they drive off, take the next exit and head to the zoo. John finds Luke without any trouble in the aquarium room at the zoo. Nicole sees Lara in the vehicle, the family get in the SUV and drive to a train station.

Nabulsi tells his chief on the phone that he’s sorry the Mayor was delayed in a roadblock, he had only ordered his cops to stop couples with a kid – not every car. When John approaches a toll booth road block they are waved through, it turns out that they had picked up an elderly couple.

Nabulsi’s detectives find John’s garbage and are trying to piece together the plan he had mounted on a wall. they think they have figured out that they are headed to Haiti. The family drops off the seniors in Buffalo and go through airport security with the fake passports, John is trembling nervously so Lara takes charge, they manage to get on the plane.

The police interrogate John’s father but he claims ignorance and says he never talked with his son.

Later, at the parking garage murder scene, Detective Quinn ponders and imagines how the murder could have occurred with Lara’s story. A junkie mugger slammed a fire extinguisher into Lara’s boss’s head. As Lara walked to her adjacent car, she physically bumps into the mugger. Lara picks up the fire extinguisher because it is blocking her car but can’t see the body on the far side of her car. She leaves the parking garage. A man sees her leave and the boss’s body. It was raining that night, and it’s raining tonight too. The male detective drops a piece of paper to see where the button would have gone (off of the junkie’s jacket – Lara said she heard a button pop). It ends up in a catch basin by the curb. The detectives lift the grate off but don’t see a button, but it’s there. The cops decide to drop it and return to regular work.

At his home, John’s father opens an atlas and flips to the caribbean coast of South America, he smiles.

John, Lara, and Luke are in a hotel room in Venezuela or Columbia. Luke has finally kissed his mom goodnight again As Lara and Luke sleep blissfully on the bed and John takes a picture.


FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Olivier Delbosc known as producer
  • Eugénie Grandval known as co-producer
  • Paul Haggis known as producer
  • Anthony Katagas known as executive producer
  • Ken Lebre known as producer: Cinemascan
  • Agnès Mentre known as executive producer
  • Marc Missonnier known as producer
  • Michael Nozik known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Russell Crowe known as John Brennan
  • Elizabeth Banks known as Lara Brennan
  • Michael Buie known as Mick Brennan
  • Moran Atias known as Erit
  • Remy Nozik known as Jenna
  • Toby Green known as Three Year Old Luke
  • Tyler Green known as Three Year Old Luke
  • Jason Beghe known as Detective Quinn
  • Aisha Hinds known as Detective Collero
  • Ty Simpkins known as Luke
  • Veronica Brown known as Female Guard #1
  • Olivia Wilde known as Nicole
  • Leslie Merrill known as Elizabeth Gesas
  • Alissa Haggis known as Junkie
  • Daniel Stern known as Meyer Fisk
  • James Donis known as Prison Major
  • Helen Carey known as Grace Brennan
  • Brian Dennehy known as George Brennan
  • Rachel Deacon known as Cherie
  • Glenn Taranto known as Hospital Security Guard
  • Derek Cecil known as Dr. Becsey
  • Kaitlyn Wylde known as Julie
  • Liam Neeson known as Damon Pennington
  • Zachary Sondrini known as Photoshop Kid
  • Lauren Haggis known as Lyla
  • Jonathan Tucker known as David
  • RZA known as Mouss
  • Tyrone Giordano known as Mike
  • James Ransone known as Harv
  • Etta Cox known as Notary
  • Barry Bradford known as Jail Guard (Entry Hall)
  • Rick Warner known as County Jail Captain
  • James Francis Kelly III known as Lab Van Driver
  • Denise Dal Vera known as Eugenie
  • Nazanin Boniadi known as Elaine
  • Lisa Ann Goldsmith known as Female Guard #2
  • Kevin Corrigan known as Alex
  • Jeff Hochendoner known as Alex's Thug Buddy
  • Lennie James known as Lieutenant Nabulsi
  • Allan Steele known as Sergeant Harris
  • Quantia Mali known as Phone Operator
  • Trudie Styler known as Dr. Byrdie Lifson
  • David Flick known as Male Nurse
  • Fabio Polanco known as Phone Repairman
  • Sean Huze known as Barney
  • Jonathan Berry known as Prison Guard
  • Tamara Gorski known as Hospital Nurse
  • Patrick Brennan known as Hospital Guard
  • Brenna McDonough known as Brenda
  • Kathy Fitzgerald known as Neighbor
  • Tom Quinn known as Elderly Man
  • Melissa Jackson known as Airline Clerk
  • Patrick McDade known as Airport Security Chief (as Patrick F. McDade)
  • John Bryant Davila known as Student #2
  • Dawn Renee known as Hospital Nurse (as Dawn Renee Cerreta)
  • Lucia M. Aguirre known as Flight Passenger (uncredited)
  • Cristina Aloe known as (uncredited)
  • Tony Amen known as Prisoner (uncredited)
  • Jake Andolina known as Police Officer (uncredited)
  • Jason Baker known as Bar Patron (uncredited)
  • Aaron Bernard known as Co-Worker (uncredited)
  • David J. Bonner known as Detective (uncredited)
  • Daniel Clayton known as Airplane Passenger (uncredited)
  • Carl Clemons known as Bar Patron (uncredited)
  • Cynthia Crowe known as Haitian Traveler (uncredited)
  • Jim Fitzgerald known as Fan (uncredited)
  • Peter Gannon known as Cop (uncredited)
  • John P. Gross known as Library Student (uncredited)
  • Sam Harris known as Jail Visitor (uncredited)
  • John W. Iwanonkiw known as Video Technician (uncredited)
  • Jeffrey Jones known as Pittsburgh Police Officer (uncredited)
  • Patrick Jordan known as Murder Witness (uncredited)
  • William Kania known as Pittsburgh Police Officer (uncredited)
  • Pete Landis known as Waiter (uncredited)
  • Robert Liscio known as Customs Agent (uncredited)
  • Edward Luksich known as Businessman (uncredited)
  • Laurie Mann known as Airport Traveler (uncredited)
  • Andre' Mason known as TSA Agent (uncredited)
  • David Dale McCue known as Pittsburgh Police Officer (uncredited)
  • Tiffany Sander McKenzie known as Train Passenger (uncredited)
  • Jeremy Moon known as Train passenger (uncredited)
  • Phil Nardozzi known as Elevator Repairman (uncredited)
  • Jackson Nunn known as Prison Visitor (uncredited)
  • Diedra Arthur O'Ree known as Airport Traveler (uncredited)
  • Robert Stull known as Billiard Player (uncredited)
  • James Werley known as Passanger (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Camille Friend known as hair department head
  • Melanie Hughes known as department head makeup artist
  • Bob Kretschmer known as wig maker
  • Karen Lovell known as hair stylist
  • Kelley Mitchell known as key makeup artist
  • Francisco X. Pérez known as makeup artist: Russell Crowe
  • Roxanne Wightman known as key hair stylist

Art Department:

  • Jenn Albaugh known as art department coordinator
  • Timothy Barnhill known as set dresser
  • Dan Bothe known as carpenter
  • Edgar Um Bucholtz known as painter
  • Robert Buncher known as construction gangboss
  • Jason Calabro known as props
  • Matthew Carraher known as assistant props
  • Matthew Carraher known as set dresser
  • Skip Crank known as assistant property master
  • Doug Cronin known as carpenter
  • Darien N. D'Alfonso known as scenic foreman
  • Walter K. Doll known as set dresser
  • Eugene Doyle known as set dresser
  • Kyle Ethan Fischer known as greens
  • John Frick known as assistant art director
  • Kate Gladstone known as greens
  • Jim Heastings known as carpenter
  • Smith Harper Hutchings known as set dresser
  • Norm Johnson known as construction foreman
  • Gregory Jones known as key greens
  • John Paul 'J.P.' Jones known as property master
  • Eva Kamienska-Carter known as set designer
  • Kenneth J. Kellers known as set dresser
  • Thomas F. Kelly known as set dresser
  • Brett Kennedy known as carpenter
  • Koree Koloskee known as art department production assistant
  • Jeff Lavezoli known as storyboard artist
  • Lauri Mancuso known as charge scenic
  • Christina Myal known as graphic designer
  • Samuel Pace known as carpenter
  • Seth Payne known as carpenter
  • Gregory Puchalski known as on-set scenic
  • Donald Lee Rager known as set dresser
  • Jamie Rama known as illustrator
  • Trevor Schliefer known as set production assistant
  • Mamie Stein known as on-set dresser
  • Aaron Streiner known as set dresser
  • Lance R. Walters known as leadman
  • Chris Waterkotte known as carpenter
  • Joseph Waterkotte known as construction coordinator
  • Scott G. Smith known as carpenter (uncredited)




Production Companies:

  • Lionsgate (presents)
  • Fidélité Films
  • Hwy61

Other Companies:

  • .1 Studio  music mixed at
  • ARRI / Camera Service Center  camera equipment provided by (as Camera Service Center)
  • Abel Cine Tech  camera equipment provided by
  • Air Lyndhurst Studios  music recorded at (as Air Studios, London, England)
  • Birds & Animals Unlimited  animals provided by
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies
  • Cinelease  lighting equipment
  • Dakota Music Services  music copying
  • David Haddad  transportation equipment
  • Doggicam Systems  SparrowHead provided by
  • DoggieCam Systems  SparrowHead provided by
  • Dolby Laboratories  sound mix
  • EFilm  digital intermediate
  • EMS Payroll  extras payroll
  • Entertainment Clearances  rights and clearances
  • Film Finances  completion guarantor
  • Final Word, The  adr voice casting
  • Gallagher Entertainment  insurance
  • Giant Eagle  special thanks
  • Haddad's  transportation equipment
  • K.A.S. Lighting  lighting equipment (as KAS Lighting)
  • Killer Grip  grip equipment
  • Lionsgate Records  soundtrack
  • London Session Orchestra, The  orchestra (uncredited)
  • MCL Music Services  music clearance and licensing
  • Modern VideoFilm  previews
  • Mogul Mind Studios  aerial base facility
  • Orbit Digital  editorial and screening services: Los Angeles and Pittsburgh
  • PNC Bank  special thanks
  • Post Factory NY  editing facility: New York (as Post Factory)
  • Post Factory NY  post-production facilities
  • Post Haste Sound  commentary recording engineering
  • Realms of Catering  catering
  • Rice Gorton Pictures Ltd.  post production accounting
  • Scarlet Letters  end crawl
  • Sony Pictures Stock Footage  footage provided by
  • Soundelux  post-production sound services
  • Soundelux  sound editing
  • Todd-AO Studios  sound facilities
  • WLA Post Group  high-definition digital services
  • yU+Co.  main and end titles designed by


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  • Belga Films (2010) (Belgium) (theatrical)
  • CInema Hotel Corporation (CHC) (2010) (Kazakhstan) (theatrical)
  • Cathay-Keris Films (2010) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Diamond Films (2011) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • Entertainment One Benelux (2010) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Fundamental Films (2011) (China) (theatrical)
  • GAGA (2011) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Innoform Media (2010) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Kinowelt Filmverleih (2011) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Lionsgate (2011) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Lionsgate (2010) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Maple Pictures (2010) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Metropolitan Filmexport (2010) (France) (theatrical)
  • Svensk Filmindustri (SF) (2010) (Sweden) (theatrical)
  • Village Films (2010) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • Viva International Pictures (2010) (Philippines) (theatrical)
  • CN Entertainment (2011) (Hong Kong) (DVD)
  • CN Entertainment (2011) (Hong Kong) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • CatchPlay (2010) (Taiwan) (all media)
  • Eagle Films (2011) (non-USA) (all media) (Middle East)
  • EcoFilmes (2010) (Portugal) (all media)
  • Entertainment One Benelux (2011) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Entertainment One Benelux (2011) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • FS Film Oy (2010) (Finland) (all media)
  • Film1 (2011) (Netherlands) (TV) (limited)
  • IPA Asia Pacific (2010) (Thailand) (all media)
  • Imagem Filmes (2010) (Brazil) (all media)
  • Monolith Films (2010) (Poland) (all media)
  • Pris Audiovisuais (2010) (Portugal) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2011) (India) (TV)
  • TriPictures (2010) (Spain) (all media)
  • West Video (2010) (Russia) (all media)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • 2G Digital Post (visual effects)
  • Asylum VFX (visual effects and animation)
  • Furious FX (visual effects and animation)
  • Proof
  • RotoFactory (additional paint services)
  • XY & Z Visual Effects (visual effects)
  • Yannix Technologies (additional motion tracking services) (as Yannix)

Visual Effects by:

  • Charles Abou Aad known as lighting supervisor: Asylum
  • Erika Abrams known as visual effects production coordinator: Furious FX
  • Jamie Baxter known as compositor: XY&Z Visual Effects
  • Jamie Baxter known as matte painter
  • Trinh Baxter known as matte painter
  • Andrew Byrne known as fx artist: AsylumFX
  • Kathy Chasen-Hay known as visual effects executive producer
  • Eric D. Christensen known as visual effects producer: RotoFactory
  • Patrick Clancey known as digital opticals (as Pat Clancey)
  • Christine Cram known as paint artist: Furious FX
  • Erin M. Cullen known as rotoscope artist: Furious FX
  • Brian DeMetz known as digital environment artist: Furious FX
  • Brian DeMetz known as visual effects technical director: Final Light VFX
  • Scott Dougherty known as visual effects executive producer: Furious FX
  • Chris Ervin known as compositor: XY&Z Visual Effects
  • Paul Fedor known as matte painter
  • Michael Fessenden known as visual effects artist: Furious FX
  • Andy Foster known as visual effects producer: Asylum (as Andrew Foster)
  • Debra George known as rotoscope artist: XY&Z Visual Effects
  • Richard Grandy known as rigging supervisor: Asylum (as Rick Grandy)
  • Cortney Haile known as visual effects executive
  • Martin Hall known as compositor: FuriousFX
  • John Hart known as lead texture painter: Asylum
  • Spencer Hecox known as digital compositor
  • Spencer Hecox known as visual effects supervisor: 2G Digital Post
  • Elizabeth Hitt known as cg producer
  • Piotr Karwas known as animation supervisor: Asylum
  • Joe Ken known as lead compositor: Asylum
  • Krystine Lankenau known as rotoscope artist: Furious FX (as Kristine Lankenau)
  • David Lingenfelser known as executive visual effects supervisor: Furious Fx
  • Kevin Lingenfelser known as compositor: Furious FX
  • Chris MacKinnon known as visual effects artist: Furious FX
  • Matthew Maude known as lighting supervisor: Asylum
  • Nathan McGuinness known as senior visual effects supervisor: Asylum
  • Kurt McKeever known as visual effects artist
  • Landon Medeiros known as compositor: Furious FX
  • Roger Mocenigo known as compositor: XY&Z
  • Steve Muangman known as digital compositor
  • Mike L. Murphy known as previsualization designer: Proof, Inc. (as Mike Murphy)
  • James P. Noon known as tracking
  • Sean O'Connor known as compositor: Furious FX
  • Kim O'Donnell known as digital compositor: Furious FX (as Kimo Pepe)
  • Justin Pascal known as digital compositor: 2G Digital Post
  • Justin Pascal known as visual effects
  • Brian Ripley known as digital artist
  • Jason Sanford known as visual effects producer
  • Julian Sarmiento known as cg lead
  • Gunther Schatz known as visual effects artist
  • Chris Serenil known as computer services manager
  • Tony Sgueglia known as visual effects production assistant: Furious FX
  • Michael Shelton known as animator: Asylum FX
  • Bryan Shepperd known as visual effects artist: Furious FX
  • Mark Shoaf known as cg supervisor: Furious FX
  • Prateep Siamwalla known as tracking
  • Tiffany Smith known as visual effects producer: Furious FX (as Tiffany A. Smith)
  • Hilary Sperling known as inferno artist
  • Bret St. Clair known as cg supervisor: Asylum FX
  • Bret St. Clair known as visual effects supervisor: Asylum
  • Jason Stanford known as visual effects producer: 2G Digital Post
  • John Stewart known as digital compositor: Asylum
  • Greg Stuhl known as lead modeler: Asylum
  • Ranko Tadic known as previsualization supervisor: Proof
  • Tracy Takahashi known as associate visual effects producer: Furious FX
  • Radley Teruel known as digital artist
  • Micole Toyloy known as digital artist
  • Tommy Tran known as compositor: Furious FX
  • Tommy Tran known as visual effects artist
  • Mike Uguccioni known as visual effects supervisor
  • Dan Walden known as visual effects artist
  • Ashley J. Ward known as visual effects coordinator
  • John L. Weckworth known as digital compositor
  • Fabio Zapata known as tracking supervisor: Asylum
  • Caitlin Content known as compositor (uncredited)
  • Mark Fletcher known as screen graphics designer (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • USA 9 November 2010 (New York City, New York) (premiere)
  • Kazakhstan 18 November 2010
  • Russia 18 November 2010
  • Canada 19 November 2010
  • Poland 19 November 2010
  • USA 19 November 2010
  • Egypt 24 November 2010
  • Israel 25 November 2010
  • Kuwait 25 November 2010
  • Singapore 25 November 2010
  • Bulgaria 26 November 2010
  • Finland 26 November 2010
  • Norway 26 November 2010
  • Philippines 1 December 2010
  • Lithuania 3 December 2010
  • Sweden 3 December 2010
  • France 8 December 2010
  • Greece 9 December 2010
  • Netherlands 9 December 2010
  • Indonesia 10 December 2010
  • Belgium 22 December 2010
  • South Korea 22 December 2010
  • Brazil 24 December 2010
  • Ireland 5 January 2011
  • Spain 5 January 2011
  • UK 5 January 2011
  • Denmark 13 January 2011
  • Germany 20 January 2011
  • Hungary 20 January 2011
  • Australia 27 January 2011
  • Portugal 27 January 2011
  • Peru 10 February 2011
  • Turkey 25 February 2011
  • Argentina 17 March 2011
  • Italy 8 April 2011
  • Chile 12 May 2011
  • Venezuela 13 May 2011
  • Uruguay 20 May 2011
  • Colombia 3 June 2011
  • Panama 17 June 2011
  • Japan 23 September 2011

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for violence, drug material, language, some sexuality and thematic elements



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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  1. Carl from United Kingdom
    29 Mar 2012, 11:31 pm

    All I can say is… Big Wow. Boy did I enjoy this film. The story-lineis a cross between The Fugitive and a human heist plot movie. Therewere moments where I genuinely really didn't know which way the storywould end. Has to be one of the best, if not the best film I've seenthis year.

    I just had to watch right through to the end. The only down side, werethe roles of the 2 main cops. I'm not sure if 2 real cops would be aspersistent. But I guess if they weren't, then the film would be a fairbit shorter.

    I can't think of any other bad things about it, as it does what it issupposed to do, make you care about the characters and keep you grippedtill the end. All in all very entertaining.

    Definitely worth watching.

  2. aharmas from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 11:31 pm

    Russell Crowe is a pretty reliable star, one who commands the screenwith intelligence and enough bravado to get away with a film like this.Somehow, audiences and critics are getting more demanding and expectbrainier and tighter story lines, but it's still plenty of fun to see alight, crazy ride like this… One where the hero is besieged byunfortunate circumstances and must one way or another succeed or die.With the help of Haggis' strong direction and a very good performanceby Crow, we're treated to two hours of action, where one doesn't haveto do a lot of thinking, just watching Crowe dodge bullet after bulletand cheer him along to the nail-biting end.

    The main reason the film works is Crowe gives it his best, scene afterscene his eyes tells us his character is committed to his family, andhe will stand by them no matter what. There is very little backgroundgiven to us, except for an opening scene which serves the purpose ofplanting the seed of doubt in our minds, but this only helps fuel thesense of despair and sadness that threatens to destroy this family.

    Little by little, we follow Crowe's teacher, as he races against theclock to help his wife, and soon enough, he is dealing with the scum ofsociety and an increasingly suspicious police force. Relationships withhis family are tense at best, and any new relationships are threatenedhis wife's past. It's the attention to this intimate and personalmoments that makes us care for him, even when he makes a couple ofdisturbing moves.

    One thing you won't be is bored, as the circle tightens, so that hisquest might not get his desired results. Fine work is done by a castthat includes Brian Dennehy, Liam Nelson, and Jsson Beghe. This is whatmovies are made for.

  3. PWNYCNY from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 11:31 pm

    This is a surprisingly good movie, not the usual Hollywood formulapotboiler. The movie has an interesting story, strong acting andexcellent cinematography. Perhaps the plot is somewhat far-fetched butso what? It's a movie. The best part of this movie are not the starsbut the supporting cast. Most impressive was the performance by LennieJames who definitely deserves formal recognition for his work in thismovie. So strong is his performance that I this movie could easily beretitled "The Pursuit" without misleading the audience. Both RussellCrowe and Elizabeth Banks give strong performances and Brian Dennehyonce again proves how great he is as an actor. At times the story doesstretch the boundaries of plausibility but never to the point that thestory is rendered ridiculous. In this movie there are no bad guys.Rather it dramatizes a justice system that at times may not get itright and how frustration and indignation can lead one to commit actsof desperation.

  4. MovieSonic from United Kingdom
    29 Mar 2012, 11:31 pm

    Had read some positive / negative reviews so wasn't sure what toexpect.

    I cannot believe how emotional this film was! The beginning is good- wefind out who everyone is and how everyone got to where they are,nothing especially exciting but well written and acted. Then the filmkicks into gear with the escape.

    Honestly, I was actually shaking at one point with nerves because Iwasn't sure if they would make it or not.

    People criticising films for not being believable should go and watchdocumentaries.

    This film was exciting, had excellent music, was well acted and thepositives FAR outweighed any negatives.

    Definitely glad I watched this.

  5. Danusha Goska (
    29 Mar 2012, 11:31 pm

    "The Next Three Days" is a tight, hard-hitting thriller that had me onthe edge of my seat throughout the film. I really didn't know, right upto the final moments, how it would end – and because the film hadexpertly guided me to care about all the characters, even some randomlosers in a meth lab, I did care about how it would end. The actors areall good with Russell Crowe especially so, and the realistically grittysets perfectly match the film's desperate tone. Elizabeth Banks'too-good-to-be-true wholesome, sunny good looks are well used. "TheNext Three Days" reminded me of Hitchcock, and of 1993's "TheFugitive," but it doesn't rise to that level of classic. Rather, it's awell-oiled machine, designed efficiently to crank out the audience'sengagement, tension and release.

    There are a couple of especially good moments. The opening scene couldhave been satisfactory if all it did was to set the stage for what isto follow, but it does so much more. I'd love to watch that scene again(and again). A women with a plunging neckline spars with Lara, a moremodestly dressed woman, about whether or not women can ever get overtheir competition over men and bond with each other. The scenedemonstrates its contents: Ms. Décolletage uses double entendres tomake a pass at Lara's husband, and Lara shows the audience she is quitecapable of losing her temper, an important plot point. The brilliantwriting in this scene is a bonus. There is a scene involving a sewerdrain that economically resolves a question the audience has had forsome time. A scene with a car door is similarly powerful andinformative. Brian Dennehy's performance as an intimacy-impaired,working class dad is almost wordless and quite brilliant. And the filmreally does bring poignancy to the scum of the earth, drug dealers.

  6. Red Rat from Trinidad and Tobago
    29 Mar 2012, 11:31 pm

    The Next Three Days

    The best films are those where you are introduced to characters who dothe unpredictable believably, or people you think will be key playersdie in the opening scene, someone you least expect turns out to be themurderer, these are the films that keep you guessing and keep youinvolved. In Paul Haggis' intense thriller he chooses a wise and wellcrafted angle to lure you in and hold your attention. The developmentof John Brennan and his gradual transformation over time before yourvery eyes.

    Meet John Brennan, he's a normal average working man, slightly nerdyeven, living a fairly dull routine life. When his wife is imprisonedfor murder John, as you would expect of a normal average slightly nerdyworking man follows the rules of appeal in an attempt to win herfreedom. Three years pass and the realisation that his wife will remainbehind bars for life hits home. When normal people find themselves inhopeless situations desperation can drive them to do very abnormalthings.

    What Haggis works brilliantly into both his screenplay and direction isthe gradual metamorphosis of Brennan's persona as he becomes fixated onbreaking his wife out of prison. Brennan doesn't suddenly become theall American action hero capable of great feats of courage. We have aknowledge of his character from the beginning of the film and Haggisdoes not treat the audience as idiots, we know that Brennan cannot walkinto a phonebox and there's a sudden change into superman. This wouldnot work for John Brennan, the nerdy schoolteacher, what we see howeveris how little by little, piece by piece he falls more and more out ofcontrol, deeper and deeper out of his depth. We know this is not thenormal behaviour of Brennan, but the screenplay is so well crafted andCrowe delivers the character to us perfectly that both the scenariosand Brennan remain at all times, believable. He makes tremendousmistakes and shows real human failings and frailties that as we ridealong with him we're never far from the belief that it will all go verywrong, very soon. Haggis treats us to a wonderfully woven story thatrolls along with ease, then suddenly the momentum builds into a Tsunamiof real tension. Brennan is completely exposed and you fear for hisoutcome.

    If a director can pull you into the story, make you care about acharacter, and if during the course of that film allow you to watchthat character change in a very real and gradual way then he hasdelivered a truly great film.

    Haggis' screenplay does not allow the audience to get ahead of thestory. Developments are unexpected and plausible scenarios affectaction and reaction. Some events have no bearing on the outcome but youcannot know which are red herrings and which are genuine avenues ratheryou find yourself wondering where this will all lead to, making TheNext Three Days a complex and intriguing thriller very much in thecerebral and classical sense such as North by Northwest or Vertigo.

    A tremendous, faultless film.


  7. Greg ( from Oakville, Ontario
    29 Mar 2012, 11:31 pm

    In Paul Haggis' new thriller, The Next Three Days, Laura Brennan(Elizabeth Banks) is accused of killing her boss and is sent to prison.Her husband, John Brennan (Russell Crowe) battles through the legalsystem for nearly three years before seemingly running out of options.Choosing not to go the Hilary Swank route a la Conviction and spend thenext 30 years trying to learn and eventually beat the system, Johnelects instead to speak to an expert on prison escapes (a wonderfullyplaced cameo by Liam Neeson) to get pointers on what to expect in adaring prison break attempt. The Neeson character gives importantadvice in reference to the time it takes for authorities to seal off acity's exits, but also gives insight into what his plan should include– "You have to have the entire plan already in place. And you have toask yourself, can you kill a guard, leave your kid at a gasstation…cause to do this thing, that's what you have to become."Audiences are then treated to a taut and thrilling attempt by John tofree his wife out of prison and reunite the family which includes theiryoung son Luke (Ty Simpkins).

    The Next Three Days is a better than average thrill ride filled withequal moments of edge-of-your-seat action and true emotion that spursthe entire cast. Crowe quickly makes us forget that Robin Hood stoleour box office money earlier this year and turns in a top-rateperformance as the husband who must become a criminal himself in anattempt to pull off the impossible. The supporting cast which includesa non-glamorous Banks and small but memorable turns by Daniel Stern andBrian Dennehy help bridge the quieter moments of the 2+ hour film.

    As John maps out his intricate plan, he is met with obstacles thatforce him to revise his original course of action to supplement for theunforeseen complications. His attempts at securing financing and properpapers (Drivers License, Passport) take the majority of the film'srunning time and helps provide insight into the transformation ofJohn's character that goes from college professor to cold bloodedkiller.

    When John does launch his intentions, The Next Three Days soars as anexciting chase throughout the Pittsburgh streets and sidewalks as agroup lead by Lt. Nabulsi (Lennie James) gives relentless chase to thefleeing Brennans.

    Paul Haggis (who also penned the screenplay) directs for the first timesince the underrated In The Valley of Elah in 2007 and crafts anexhilarating cat and mouse game that involves audiences in aroot-for-the-family emotional ride all the while suggesting thatprotagonist John is equally guilty in his relentless pursuit.Surprisingly not complicating our support is the idea that Laura mayindeed be guilty of the crime to which she was convicted.

    The ever twisting screenplay shows Haggis' knack for writing scriptsthat don't allow audiences to get too far ahead of the storydevelopments as unexpected and plausible scenarios affect even the bestlaid out of plans. This may leave lesser minded cinephiles wonderingwhy certain scenes were not left on the cutting room floor (a DVDchapters worth of making a specific key, for example), but for thoseengrossed in the ongoing struggle of John's pursuit should appreciatethe occasional red herring.

    The sum of the above leaves The Next Three Days as on par or betterthan Ben Affleck's well-received The Town earlier this fall. It's athrowback to the superior thrillers of the late 1970's where the storyjourney's down unexpected highways while enthralling an audience alongthe way.

  8. davidgee from United Kingdom
    29 Mar 2012, 11:31 pm

    Another noir French thriller is converted into a 'noir-ish' Americanthriller. Russell Crowe's slightly thuggish looks make him moreconvincing as the desperado of the second half than the mild-manneredschoolteacher of the first half. Elizabeth Banks's role as theimprisoned wife is slightly under-written; their cute toddler sonsteals most of her scenes and even some of Russell's.

    The plot takes too long to set up, so the first half of the film is aslow haul. But the last half has almost the cracking pace of a DIE HARDromp. Writer/director Paul Haggis elects to deceive the audience aswell as the police who are in close pursuit of the fugitives, whichputs this in the tradition of 'classics' like TO CATCH A THIEF andCHARADE. Gritty and enjoyable.

  9. theycallmemrglass from United Kingdom
    29 Mar 2012, 11:31 pm

    Just saw this at a London preview screening.

    I have not seen the original that this is apparently a remake of so Icannot compare. What I can say is that this movie was deftly directedwith a perfect pacing that smoothly shifts through each gear from 1 tofull throttle. It starts off with the necessary slow exposition,transitioning to a heartfelt family crisis drama and crime thrillerwith the tension slowly cranking up to a breakneck speed when I wasliterally holding my breath in the compelling edge of the seat finale.

    What I admire most about this film is the smooth kinetic flow fromscene to scene. There didn't seem to be any implausible leap in logicapart from maybe towards the end but everything just connects togetherso well. All of the actors were superb in their roles. As for RusselCrowe, well I can't think of many actors who expresses wordless undyinglove better than he can. He is simply a master of it and you just canthelp root for him even if he makes or contemplates morally wrongdecisions. His character is beautifully played with all theinvulnerability, weaknesses and stubborn obsession he possesses.

    The supporting actors were all excellent in the little screen time thatthey each get. And there is even a brilliant cameo by a well knownIrish actor (shant spoil who it is for you) that sparked up the screenbriefly in an instrumental role to the plot. The great Brian Denhheyalso has a few minutes on screen time as Crowes father, hardly utteringa word but you just know exactly what is going on in his mind and it isabsolutely touching.

    So in summary, this is a top thriller with an exhilarating edge of theseat 3rd act, enriched by beautifully touching moments and thickunderlying subtext of undying love.

  10. djp2000 from Philadelphia, PA
    29 Mar 2012, 11:31 pm

    In The Next Three Days, we get to see Russell Crowe in a film thatactually takes place in today's world. It's a departure from his betterknown films that take place in the past such as Gladiator, Master andCommander, and Robin Hood. Even his other films have usually takenplace over 50 years ago like Cinderella Man and A Beautiful Mind. Soit's nice to finally see him play a person of modern times that we canrelate to – and he excels at it.

    Similar to the film Conviction released last month, which was about awoman who did whatever it took to get her brother released from prison,Crowe plays a man named John Brennan who will stop at nothing to gethis wife out of prison. But in this film, he's not out to do it throughthe legal system. He has lost all faith in that; he decides he's goingto break her out of prison himself. Of course, he believes his wife isinnocent and doesn't even question her on the matter. He continues toraise their son on his own yet, at the same time, plots out everysingle detail it would take to pull off such an arduous task. He evenseeks out a man who wrote a book detailing the multiple times hemanaged to escape from prison himself. The man is played by Liam Neesonin somewhat of a one-scene cameo. But that scene lays the groundworkfor how John devises his plan and becomes convinced that he is capableof succeeding. He learns that not one detail can be overlooked.

    John goes from being a schoolteacher to a guy who carries a gun andmakes deals in shady neighborhoods to get the tools that he needs.Still, he watches over his son and takes him to the local playground tobe the good father that he is while not doing illegal activity. It justshows how good of a man he really is but that he is willing to resortto anything in order to free his wife. The movie becomes a realthriller, one of the best I've seen in a while. It's the kind of filmwhere you find yourself really rooting for the main character and itkeeps you on the edge of your seat as well. Though it may seem a littleunrealistic to pull off such a scheme in real life, Russell Crowe playsJohn with enough determination and conscientiousness to make youbelieve that anything can be done if you try hard enough.

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