’3 Days to Kill’ Trailer: Kevin Costner is Hailee Steinfeld’s Spy Dad

Published 1 year ago by , Updated March 14th, 2014 at 6:41 pm,

Director McG’s most recent theatrical release was This Means War – a romantic comedy mashed together with a spy action vehicle – whereas Luc Besson’s best-known work of late has been the Taken movies; a series of father/daughter dramas explored by way of a Euro-thriller template (with political overtones), which Besson co-wrote and produced.

Maybe it’s appropriate then that McG and Besson’s upcoming collaboration, 3 Days to Kill, looks and feels like a mashup of elements from their most recent projects. The film stars Kevin Costner – fresh off playing a more complex Jonathan ‘Pa’ Kent in this year’s Superman movie reboot Man of Steel – as Ethan Runner, an international spy who must perform two dangerous (well, in a manner of speaking) assignments: carry out his final mission – tracking down the world’s most wanted terrorist – and look after his estranged teen daughter (Hailee Steinfeld), while his ex-wife (Connie Nielsen) is out of town.

As the 3 Days to Kill trailer establishes, the script from Besson and Adi Hasak (From Paris with Love) gives Runner additional motivation: he may only have a few days left to live, unless he successfully pulls off that coveted ‘one last job’ for the government. Rounding out the ensemble is Amber Heard (Machete Kills), as Runner’s coworker, who provides him with the necessary medical supplement to keep himself alive – for now, anyway.

Check out the 3 Days to Kill poster below, via Yahoo! Movies:


Besides the components derived from previous action B-movies – like the screen story that even features a Crank-style twist - the 3 Days to Kill trailer footage makes the film look more like an McG action/comedy that a Besson creation. Consider, for example, the running joke where Costner attempts to balance his crazy professional lifestyle with being a normal father; that’s par the course for the director behind the Charlie’s Angels movies and This Means War - less so with Besson’s more off-beat and quirky humor.

Indeed, Besson’s movies – good and bad – generally have a more satirical vibe and/or darkly comical jabs at social/political humor (see: The Family), whereas 3 Days to Kill seems more like a blend of intentionally over the top action with a sitcom center. That might just be a bit of misdirection for marketing purposes – though if not, the pairing of award-winner Costner and Steinfeld (who has continued to impress this year in Romeo and Juliet and Ender’s Game) may be enough to sell the whole thing… maybe.


3 Days to Kill opens in theaters on February 21st, 2014.

Source: Yahoo! Movies

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  1. This looks awful. Maybe Besson went to Costner and was like, “look at what I did with Liam Neeson, you can be an old action star too!” and Costner signed the contract. Then they blindsided him with McG.

    • LOL, I actually thought the same thing, that they were trying to copy the old agent thing from Taken, but fails miserably…

  2. You know what – I think it looks fun. Maybe not great – but certainly better than Taken 2. I’ll give it a watch.

    • Ditto….

      We have people complaining about all these ‘teen’ movies so when us old folks get a chance to kick butt im happy. :D

  3. Trailer hosted on Yahoo, crashes & lags, can’t even watch it. Yahoo is the worst hosting site for trailers.

  4. I know this is just a trailer, but Costner’s acting is stale.

  5. Kevin Costner is back!

    • Oh god! kevin Costner is back. Face lift and tummy tuck in tow.

  6. So like does anybody else miss the days when Luc Besson was making films like The Fifth Element or Leon the Professional? WTF happened?

    As for McG, This Means War was not so bad, and I enjoyed Chuck. But he has abit of way to go if I would ever consider him a master filmmaker

    • I apologize to any McGriddle fans, but he’s not even a contender to be a “master filmmaker.” Sorry, just my opinion.

      • Hes not even a film maker in my opinion.

  7. Many of the scenes in the trailer seemed as though they were written for Bruce Willis and it has that sort of sarcastic wink synonymous with much of his work. That said, I’ve remained a fan of Costner since No Way Out but I’ll wait for it to hit the rental section. It’ll be interesting to see if the success of this film can piggyback off Costner’s work in the Jack Ryan move that comes out about a month prior.

    Also, Hailee Steinfeld continues to work with some impressive Hollywood legends for such a young actress. She reminded me a bit of the young lady who portrayed Costner’s daughter in Swing Vote.

  8. To the person who indicated that the marvelous actor/director/singer/producer, etc had a tummy tuck and face lift…get new glasses. The man works very hard and he looks great. This movie is something fresh for a change…come on! So many remakes are being done and who wants to see another take on The Great Gatsby, and so on and so forth. Been there and done that. Stop stomping on good cinema. I am so looking forward to this and ALL the other movies Kevin Costner makes. Been a fan for a long, long time now. Not gonna quit on him. He delivers.

  9. I’ll watch it for Costner. Hopefully the film treats me better than Besson did Neeson in Taken 2. (I’m alright with Taken (1)).

  10. Oy.

  11. It’s Costner’s paycheck-movie year, like De Niro and so many other older guys before. But Costner’s a brilliant actor with range and depth (JFK much????), so let’s hope he stays clear of stuff like this been-there “Liam Neeson meets From Paris With Love sprinkled with droll young LA screenwriter “edgy” dialogue and setups”.