DVD: The Next Three Days (12)

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Russell Crowe stars in this competent, but ultimately tiresome remake of the French hit Pour Elle. Crowe's John Brennan is driven to desperate measures to try and bust his wife (Elizabeth Banks) out of prison for a crime she may or may not have committed.

As his wife loiters in prison, Brennan – a teacher by day, amateur locksmith and surveillance expert by night – slowly builds up a plan to extricate his beloved, and swoop off to south America with her and his son. There's drama in the folly of his plans catching up with him, and the prison "break-in" is a good genre inversion, but there's not enough zip in the plot to keep the bars away from drowsy eyes.

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