The wife of teacher John Brennan (Russell Crowe) is sent down for a murder he’s convinced she didn’t commit, despite overwhelming circumstantial evidence. After three years, appeal options run out. So he decides to break her out of jail.
This nicely observed 100% Paul Haggis film (let’s not ask what haggis itself is made of) poses the very interesting question of how an ordinary bloke – with no handy IT/commando skills or underworld connections – gathers the personal resources to achieve his goal. He has a job and a young son. He’s not rich. Where does he start?
It’s slightly overlong and there’s a hanging plot strand (cue sequel: The Next Year and Three Days) but this has a good script, a good cast, and enough twists to keep you genuinely unsure how things will turn out. 8/10
Released in the next three days (February 2, 2011).