"3 Days to Kill" review

Sandy Kenyon reviews Kevin Costner's return to the big screen.
February 21, 2014 4:05:19 PM PST
Kevin Costner is back on the big screen this weekend in "3 Days to Kill."

It's a twist on an old classic: a hero father battles the bad guys, but simultaneously tries to keep the peace with his family.

"Dances with Wolves" made Costner so rich he got a lifetime pass to do whatever he wants.

After years of dabbling in real estate and other miscellaneous activities, he is back to being a movie star ? and what a return it is.

Costner plays CIA hit man "Ethan" with "3 Days to Kill" in Paris. Given that he is also facing a terminal illness, there's no time to waste.

But this action-adventure has a domestic drama at its heart.

Ethan is looking to reconnect with his estranged daughter Zoey - played well by young Hailee Steinfeld from "True Grit" - before he dies.

But his employer - in the unlikely form of Amber Heard - wants him to keep killing, offering him an experimental drug that might just save him.

In return, he must follow her orders while we try to follow along.

But this isn't easy when so many different genres must coexist in one movie. There's mayhem, music and even comedy.

Throw in an African family squatting in Ethan's apartment and the result is a mash-up mess, but one that is surprisingly entertaining.