Despite advertising to the contrary, The Next Three Days isn’t anywhere near as much about convicted murderer Lara Brennan (Elizabeth Banks) as it is about her obsessed husband John (Russell Crowe), who is convinced of her innocence and is willing to do anything – including break her out of jail – to restore their idyllic life together. It’s a darn good action thriller too, though a bit slow in the first half. Once John’s plan starts to unfold, however, it’s an effective fast-paced film.
The film’s name comes from when John visits Lara in jail after having spent weeks studying the place and trying to identify a possible escape strategy, just to find out that she’s going to be transferred to a different prison in three days. He therefore only has three days to try and break her out before he has to start over with his surveillance and planning.