3 Days to Kill

Theatrical Release: February 21, 2014
3 Days to Kill


The thriller explores a story about Secret Service Agent Ethan Runner who discovers he’s dying and decides to retire in order to reconnect with his estranged family. But when the Secret Service offers him access to an experimental drug that could save his life in exchange for one last assignment, he soon finds himself trying to juggle his family, his mission, and the drug’s hallucinatory side-effects.

Dove Review

The movie takes place in Paris and stars Kevin Costner as an aging Secret Services Agent named Ethan Runner. He is estranged from his wife and is the father of a teen girl. He is dying but is offered an opportunity to use an experimental drug that just might save his life, if the hallucinations it causes don’t get to him first.

Ethan tries to maintain a moral side to his decisions which is a bit challenging in his work. He has to find an international criminal known as The Albino (Tomas Lemarquis). The Albino works for the Wolf (I know, the animal names add up in this movie). They are attempting to sell nuclear devices to terrorists. Every time it seems Ethan is zeroing in on a foe he deals with nose bleeds and passes out. If the truth be told he doesn’t want to spend what might be his last days killing anyone but by accepting the mission he has the chance to survive and be a father to his child.

Despite some good moments in the film and energetic action sequences, the content is too high in the sex, language, violence, drug and nudity categories, so five out of our six content categories. Therefore we can’t award our Dove Seal to this movie.

Content Description

Sex: Implied sex between a couple and possibly a second couple; three men fondle a drugged girl; innuendos and a few suggestive comments; a woman comes on to a married man but he remains true to his wife.
Language: GD-1; G/OG-3; J/C-3; F-2; S-4; A-2; SOB-2
Violence: Shootings and several people die in the film along with blood being seen; bloody corpses seen; a woman is decapitated although it is heard and not seen; fighting; punches thrown; explosion in a hotel; man is punched repeatedly and bloodied; man is used as a shield and is hit with bullets; man stabbed in foot; car hit and goes off bridge; machine guns; a lot of violence.
Drugs: Drinking in several scenes; a woman is drugged; smoking in several scenes.
Nudity: A woman is seen naked from behind including her tattoos on her body; cleavage; shirtless men.
Other: A man lies about his undercover job; a woman lies to man about being in a meeting; tension between characters; several jump scenes; a man battles an illness and his nose bleeds several times as a result.


Company: Relativity Media
Writer: Adi Hasak & Luc Besson
Director: McG
Producer: Luc Besson
Genre: None
Runtime: 113 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter