The Next 3 Days: A Picture of Leadership

Posted: September 30, 2013 by jperritt in Action, Drama, Thriller
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The_Next_Three_Days_PosterMy wife and I had placed this film in our Netflix queue a long time ago.  To be honest, I had forgotten about it.  However, we were in the mood for a thriller, so I chose to bump it up to position numero uno.  Let me just say that I was pretty impressed by how much I enjoyed this thriller.  For starters, I am a Russell Crowe fan.  I was also interested to see a thriller directed by Paul Haggis [Crash, Million Dollar Baby, & Casino Royale].

The Next 3 Days was a pretty unconventional thriller.  The lines between good and evil are blurred, roles for the male and female leads are a little atypical and the idea of justice doesn’t follow your typical cookie-cutter Hollywood movies.  Just so you know, there are points of disagreement I have about TN3D, but it is an interesting thriller that will keep your ethics in check.  Today’s post will be a bit more positive, but I hope to write a follow-up post raising some questions surrounding TN3D’s theme of justice.

One aspect of this movie I really liked was the male leadership that was present.  Again, I did not agree with the manner in which John Brennan [Crowe] led in every decision he made, but I liked the story of a “present” father.  As we know, there are far too many statistics of absent fathers.  Fathers who leave their wives for other women, fathers who abandon their families because the responsibility is too great and father who are absent even when they are present.  They may “stick it out” in the marriage/familial responsibilities but they abandon their family in their pursuit of too many hobbies or too much television.

Brennan was present in this family.  Even when his wife is accused of murder and sentenced to life in prison, Brennan doesn’t leave.  He doesn’t move on to another woman.  He doesn’t abandon his son who needs him.  He doesn’t sulk.  He continues to work to provide for his family, makes consistent visits to his wife in prison, and continues to fight for the justice his wife deserves.

Brennan’s male role is absent in many of today’s films, because men like Brennan are absent in society.  Sadly, the increasing statistics of loser husbands and fathers exist, because our culture lacks male leadership.  This is what I found refreshing about this film.  It was refreshing to see a movie paint a picture of the fathers that are present in this world – seeing Brennan make lunches for his son, comfort him when he had a nightmare, or talk to him about struggles of life.  It was nice to see a positive depiction of a husband for a change – seeing a husband fighting for his wife and remaining faithful to her even in imprisonment.

Scripture tells men to love their wives as Christ loved the church and to be willing to die for them [Ephesians 5:25].  Brennan’s actions clearly portrayed a man driven by this exhortation.  Just like any earthly husband, Brennan fails at his God-ordained calling as a man. Anyone would question several decisions his character makes throughout the film and may even exclaim that he becomes a bit obsessive in the pursuit of freeing his wife.  However, this can even serve as a good reminder that Christ is the perfect Bridegroom.  Where every male fails, Christ succeeds.

Therefore, if you choose to watch TN3D, at least enjoy this aspect of it.  Men need to take queues from this type of leadership and teach them to our sons.  Men are called to a calling that is beyond oneself, which draws us closer to the only perfect Man to ever walk this earth.

  1. CMrok93 says:

    A little too long for my own good, but still compelling, especially when that last act shows up. Nice review.

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