Thursday, November 18, 2010
It was a toss up between attending a Los Angeles Westside screening of "The Kids are Alright" at the Landmark Theatre (where Annette Bening was slated to appear at a much-anticipated Q &A Session afterward) or take in a sneak preview of Russell Crowe's newest feature flick "The Next Three Days".
The action-thriller starring Crowe was not only the most popular choice - but, obviously - the hottest ticket in town last night.
In fact, a raucous crowd of ecstatic fans braved a nasty night chill, to stand in line in hopes of securing a coveted seat (with no guarantee they'd be ushered inside or have the opportunity to drink up the mesmorizing - sometimes gritty - images about to splash across the wide screen).
Meanwhile, inside - the event (sponsored by KROQ rock and hosted by AMC Theatres) was packed to the rafters an hour before the feature was slated to commence.
And, the security was tight!
For starters, a posse of security guards - out-fitted in ubiquitous impeccably-tailored black suits - frisked the startled guests for cell phones - to ensure that no unauthorized clips would slip out onto the Internet before the auspicious premiere date.
In sum - "The Next Three Days" - is a taut action-thriller which starts off innocently enough.
Shortly after the audience is introduced to the main characters, the plot jolts to life, in a realistic believable fashion (much to its credit).
Suddenly, Crowe - who portrays a community college teacher - is plunged into a real-life drama when his wife is unexpectedly charged and convicted with murdering her boss.
After the legal process is exhausted, Crowe's character is forced to take the law into his own hands, with awesome results!
The big-budget studio offering is a film for the intelligent filmgoer, for sure.
But, manages to treat regular down-to-earth folks to a roller-coaster-rides of thrills and chills not soon to be forgotten by any discerning film buff.
Crowe is at the top of his game here in a role that not only challenges - but manages - to uplift and inspire.
When a common man is forced to fight the legal system - and risk all against the odds - the audience (no matter how moralistic or law-abiding) is inclined to root from below the flood-lights and egg him on to victory come-hell-or-high-water!
More popcorn, please!