“If we choose to exist in our own reality, are we insane? And if we are, isn’t that better than a life of despair?” That’s the question ‘The Next Three Days’ asks and also kind of the theme of the movie. Paul Haggis (Director of ‘Crash’) directs this 2010 thriller staring Russell Crowe and Elizabeth Banks. The movie is about a husband (Crowe) and wife (Banks) who are living very happy lives with there son Luke until the wife is arrested for the murder of her boss and the husband does everything he can to get her free.

The acting in this movie is top notch. I never thought Crowe was all that great of an actor but he really blew me away in this movie. In fact everyone, minus a few very minor characters, give great performances and I am shocked that they weren’t noticed more for it. All of the actors really make you feel for them. It’s very easy to sympathize with them and you want to see them succeed. Every time they fail, you kind of feel it too and you begin cheering for them even more to get back up and keep going.

Were this movie goes wrong is the outrageous story. I know it’s a movie and entertainment so being over the top is allowed but something about it didn’t fit with this movie and every time something crazy happened it just pulls you out of the film. Also the story is very predictable. I don’t think there was ever a time during the movie that I didn’t know what was going to happen next. That also hurts the film a lot since it’s supposed to be an edge of your seat thriller.

It’s really disappointing to see a movie turn out like this. The wonderful acting is bogged down by a predictable, mediocre story and because of this will probably never really be appreciated. I will recommend this movie as a rental, just don’t go into it expecting the story to blow you away.