Category: Relativity Media
Taglines: Open your heart, find your voice.
Beyond the Lights is the story of Noni Jean, a hot new award-winning artist who is primed for superstardom. But not all is what it seems,and the pressures cause Noni to nearly fall apart – until she meets Kaz Nicol, a promising young cop and aspiring politician who’s been assigned to her detail. Drawn to each other, Noni and Kaz fall fast and hard, despite the protests of those around them to put their career ambitions ahead of their romance. But can Kaz’s love give Noni the courage to find her own voice and break free to become the artist she was meant to be?
Beyond the Lights is an American romantic drama film directed and written by Gina Prince-Bythewood. The film stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Minnie Driver, Nate Parker and Danny Glover. The film had its premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival on September 7, 2014. and is set for a theatrical release in the United States November 14, 2014.
About the Story
Writer/director Gina Prince-Bythewood uses music as creative inspiration. So it comes as little surprise that inspiration for her new film came while sitting at an Alicia Keys concert. “Alicia was singing her song ‘Diary’ which is an epic love song, and suddenly this character and love story came into my head. It was one of those rare, great moments as a writer where a movie just starts flowing out.”
Inspired by some of her favorite music films like Purple Rain, Lady Sings the Blues, and The Rose, Prince-Bythewood continued to develop the idea of love blossoming within the complicated world of hip hop and R&B. “I love the way music can fuel a movie, and everything just seemed to come together.” And so the story of Noni’s struggle to realize her need for a fulfilling personal life while maintaining her creative dreams began to coalesce.
Over the next four years, the story of Noni evolved with support from husband and producing partner Reggie Rock Bythewood. The director’s ‘first eye,’ Rock-Bythewood describes himself as “the first person she gets to argue with about her vision.”
And her vision was simple: “I wanted to create a great love story.” Gina Prince-Bythewood credits her husband for helping her through the writing process. Instead of writing Noni’s mother as African-American, he suggested she take a page from her own book; and make the character Caucasian, and Noni, biracial, like her and her own mother. “Why don’t you touch on your own life because things get stronger when you write from a personal place,” she recalls him saying. “Now I can’t imagine the story any other way.”
Industry reaction to the finished script was overwhelmingly positive but getting a commitment to underwrite production was long in coming. “Getting ‘no’ is soul-crushing but we refused to give up.” One of their biggest hurdles was in getting past studios’ need for an A-list star in the role of Noni. Their combined belief in the story’s potential kept them hopeful. “I kept turning down other projects because suppose Beyond the Lights goes?” Prince-Bythewood explains. Rock Bythewood came up with a solution to shift the tide in their favor. “Reg encouraged me to shoot a presentation for the studios. That really changed the game and led Relativity to green-light the film.”
After shooting the presentation, Prince-Bythewood sent the script to producer Stephanie Allain. “I’d worked with Stephanie on Biker Boyz and love her energy. She loves the process and I respect her opinion.” The response was immediate. “Stephanie called later that night and said ‘I want to be part of it.'” Allain offers. “Gina had actually shared it with me years before. I was really happy she called me again for such a classic and timely story.”
Allain joined the filmmakers to produce the story after viewing the presentation. “Gina is a visionary. She knows exactly what she wants and how to get it, says Allain.” Having Allain on board buoyed spirits. “I loved that she was so excited about it. I had passion, Reggie had it, now it was great to bring Stephanie on as well so it was three of us really pushing and fighting together.”
Creating An Artist
The process of transformation was one of the ideas that attracted Mbatha-Raw when she first read the script. “I liked the idea that you can start as a caterpillar and end up as a butterfly and, and go through all of this massive journey just to come back to who you really are.”
The filmmakers needed to ensure that Mbatha-Raw was prepared for the challenge of bringing Noni to the screen – a process that started before Relativity came on board. They needed to transform her into a R&B hip-hop artist. To do that, “we had to surround Gugu with the very same people who surround Rihanna, Beyonce, JLo, all the amazing talented women at the top of their game today,” explains Allain. “We wanted authenticity, even though we were creating it.”
The filmmakers started with the music. “The acting was dope and she sang Nina Simone’s Blackbird but it was a different kind of singing,” recalls Prince-Bythewood. “She comes from musical theatre but this is R&B hip hop.” Debra Byrd, vocal coach for the American Idol and X-Factor contestants, was hired to work with Mbatha-Raw. “Debra really helped to add the right quality and texture to Gugu’s voice.”
“You can’t sell a music movie if you don’t have authentic music,” says Allain. Following Mbatha-Raw’s work with Debra Byrd, the filmmakers needed to partner with a hit-maker to create songs for her voice. “And the only person Gina had in mind was The Dream. He has made hit after hit for Beyonce, Rihanna. He was the one we needed.” Prince-Bythewood clarifies. “I needed someone who could write a song like “Ride” with Ciara and Ludacris, which is really raunchy to writing “1+1″, a beautiful love song for Beyonce.”
Music supervisor Julia Michels contacted The Dream who, as an admirer of Prince-Bythewood’s previous films, agreed to join the team. “The Dream is very specific,” the director explains. “He sings all his demos and then you sing to what he did, so it was really giving Gugu the tone and swagger that the songs needed.”
“We’re so lucky to have The Dream,” says Mbatha-Raw. “Each song is different and charts a different aspect of Noni’s journey, starting with Masterpiece, which is probably the most raw and aggressive number and then Private Property, which still has that element, but is a little slinkier.”
“We’re hoping this is one of those films where people rush to get a soundtrack,” says Rock Bythewood. “But music is just another character in the film and as entertaining as the music is, it’s really an opportunity to challenge people’s perspectives about what we’re saying in music. Can an artist be authentic and still be commercial? That’s one of the things we struggle with as filmmakers, and it’s one of the things Noni struggles with as a singer.”
“Once we had The Dream and after he created these great songs, and we knew Gugu could master them, we felt really confident,” explains Allain. ” But that’s only part of it because the next part is artist development. Could Gugu really step into the role as the pop diva queen?” To help find out, the filmmakers turned to Laurieann Gibson.
“We had an amazing meeting and she started crying,” explains Prince-Bythewood. ” I knew she was the perfect person for Gugu because she believes in tough love but she’s also giving and enthusiastic and impassioned about what she does. Thankfully Gugu has a dance background, so she had a place to start.”
Allain continues. “Laurieann is the artist developer. She works with Nicki Minaj, she’s worked with Katy Perry and Lady Gaga. I’m talking choreography and carriage, how they walk and how they look and how they wave at fans, and just being a diva. Laurieann is amazing.”
“Gina wanted the knowledge, the passion, the commitment I had to the movie to translate in my process working with Gugu,” explains Gibson. “She’s very specific and did not want there to be any preconceived notion about what happens in a club, on the stage, in the music industry, and that element of ‘sex sells’.”
“The work with Laurieann was really important for me to get the physicality, the dance and, that Ã¼ber-cocky sexual confidence that comes with the swagger of being an artist like Noni,” explains Mbatha-Raw. “Laurieann, Gina and I saw Rihanna live, we saw Beyonce live, we went to the Grammys, Greystone Manor, LA’s hottest hip hop club, and visited artists performing in the studio. Anything that can help to build the character.”
Gibson continues. “We had to do things that could be very uncomfortable but Gugu threw herself into the physicality of it and allowed me to push her. What Beyonce, Lady Gaga and Nicki do looks easy, but it’s not. There’s an athleticism to being a performer, and to the stage, and to what it really takes to be number one. Gugu was determined. It was a pleasure to help her discover the character.”
Beyond the Lights
Directed by: Gina Prince-Bythewood
Starring: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Minnie Driver, Nate Parker, Danny Glover, Aisha Hinds, Hayley Marie Norman, Deidrie Henry, Elaine Tan
Bcreenplay by: Gina Prince-Bythewood
Production Design by: Cecilia Montiel, Hannah Purdy Foggin
Cinematography by: Tami Reiker
Film Editing by: Terilyn A. Shropshire
Costume Design by: Sandra Hernandez
Set Decoration by: Lori Mazuer
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual content including suggestive gestures, partial nudity, language and thematic elements.
Studio: Relativity Media
Release Date: November 14, 2014
Taglines: You never forget your first love.
Dawson and Amanda met and fell in love while in high school, a golden period in their lives. Twenty years later they meet by chance in the town they had both left and renew their relationship. Unfortunately, Amanda is married to someone else and is a mother.
The story of Dawson and Amanda, two former high school sweethearts who find themselves reunited after 20 years apart, when they return to their small town for the funeral of the beloved friend. Their bittersweet reunion reignites the love they’ve never forgotten, but soon they discover the forces that drove them apart twenty years ago live on, posing even more serious threats today. Spanning decades, this epic love story captures the enduring power of our first true love, and the wrenching choices we face when confronted with elusive second chances.
The Best of Me is an American romantic drama film directed by Michael Hoffman and written by Will Fetters and J. Mills Goodloe, based on Nicholas Sparks’ 2011 novel of the same name. The film stars James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan with Luke Bracey and Liana Liberato.
Shooting began on March 6, 2014 in New Orleans. The film was released on October 17, 2014 by Relativity Media. Previews in selected test markets were shown on October 15.
Principal photography began on March 6, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana for a 42 day shoot. On April 30 and May 1 the filming took place in the downtown Covington area. On June 27, 2014, it was announced that composer Aaron Zigman would be scoring the music for the film.
The Best of Me: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, the soundtrack album for the film, was released on October 7, 2014. The soundtrack features original music primarily from the genre of country music, recorded by artists such as Lady Antebellum, Hunter Hayes, David Nail, Colbie Caillat, Kip Moore, Eli Young Band, Eric Paslay, Thompson Square, and Thomas Rhett. “I Did with You” by Lady Antebellum was released on September 8, 2014 as the first promotional single from the soundtrack. The band’s other contribution, “Falling for You” is also available on the deluxe edition of their fifth studio album, 747.
1. “I Did with You” Lady Antebellum 3:15
2. “Dream Girl” Hunter Hayes 3:39
3. “Hold On” SHEL and Gareth Dunlop 3:26
4. “In Love Again” Colbie Caillat 3:31
5. “The Way Things Go” Thomas Rhett 4:06
6. “Borrowed Time” Thompson Square 4:12
7. “Lead Me” Kip Moore 3:50
8. “Love Is a Liar” Kacey Musgraves 3:15
9. “Falling for You” Lady Antebellum 3:54
10. “Rain from Heaven” Eric Paslay 3:58
11. “All the Way” David Nail 2:56
12. “Unchanged” Eli Young Band 3:35
13. “Sweet Jane” Cowboy Junkies 3:27
14. “Crossroads” Phoebe Hoffman 4:48
The Best of Me
Directed by: Michael Hoffman
Starring: Michelle Monaghan, James Marsden, Liana Liberato, Luke Bracey, Schuyler Fisk, Sebastian Arcelus
Screenplay by: J. Mills Goodloe, Will Fetters
Production Design by: Patrizia von Brandenstein
Cinematography by: Oliver Stapleton
Film Editing by: Matt Chesse
Costume Design by: Ruth E. Carter
Set Decoration by: Tim Cohn
Music by: Aaron Zigman
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexuality, violence, some drug content and brief strong language.
Studio: Relativity Media
Release Date: October 17, 2014
Taglines: A spy is never out of the game.
Code named ‘The November Man’, Peter Devereaux (Pierce Brosnan) is a lethal and highly trained ex-CIA agent, who has been enjoying a quiet life in Switzerland. When Devereaux is lured out of retirement for one last mission, he must protect valuable witness, Alice Fournier, (Olga Kurylenko). He soon uncovers this assignment marks him a target of his former friend and CIA protégé David Mason (Luke Bracey). With growing suspicions of a mole in the agency, there is no one Devereaux can trust, no rules and no holds barred.
The November Man is an American spy action thriller film based on the novel There Are No Spies by Bill Granger, which is canonically the seventh installment in The November Man novel series, published in 1987. It stars Pierce Brosnan, Luke Bracey, and Olga Kurylenko with the screenplay written by Michael Finch and Karl Gajdusek. The film is directed by Roger Donaldson, who previously worked with Brosnan in Dante’s Peak. Beau St. Clair once again teams up with Brosnan to co-produce the film.
About the Story
Code named “The November Man”, veteran CIA officer Peter Devereaux retires from the agency in 2008 after his partner and protege David Mason disobeys orders from Devereaux not to fire on an assassin due to the lack of a good foreground and background, accidentally killing a child during a mission to protect a US Ambassador in Montenegro. Devereaux retires to Switzerland and opens up a coffee shop and lives a quiet life until the present day.
Peter’s former boss, John Hanley, seeks out Devereaux in Switzerland and recruits him to extract a deep cover CIA operative from Russia, Natalia Ulanova. Ms. Ulanova has been posing as the aide of presidential candidate and former Russian Army General Arkady Fedorov and knows the name of a witness who can tie Fedorov to war crimes. Natalia will not turn over the name unless she is brought in and is directly asking for Peter’s help in getting her out of Russia. Hanley raises the stakes for Peter by also telling him that some of Peter’s fellow agents were killed by Arkady Fedorov’s personal assassin Alexa, who is also assigned to murder all of Fedorov’s former associates who have knowledge of his past crimes.
Unbeknownst to Devereaux, Mason’s own team is dispatched to extract Natalia as well, with CIA station chief Perry Weinstein (Will Patton) in charge of the operation. But, of course, Mason’s team is unaware of Hanley’s actions (even though he’s in the operations center with them).
Natalia manages to break into Fedorov’s personal safe, and takes photographs of Fedorov’s photos – all depicting a disheveled young girl and a younger Fedorov in a Russian Army uniform. Natalia manages to escape and contacts Mason’s team to ready her for extraction. However, Fedorov notices that his personal key is still in the safe and alerts the FSB, who chase her down in the streets of Moscow until Peter arrives and kills the pursuing FSB agents and rescues Natalia. Natalia is surprised to see Peter and asks about their daughter, Lucy, and Peter says she is well. Natalia gives a name to Peter – Mila Filipova – and Peter promptly calls Hanley with the name.
The November Man
Directed by: Roger Donaldson
Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Luke Bracey, Olga Kurylenko, Bill Smitrovich, Amila Terzimehic, Mediha Musliovic, Eliza Taylor, Caterina Scorsone, Lena Milan
Screenplay by: Michael Finch, Karl Gajdusek
Production Design by: Kevin Kavanaugh
Cinematography by: Romain Lacourbas
Film Editing by: John Gilbert
Costume Design by: Bojana Nikitovic
Set Decoration by: Meg Everist
Music by: Marco Beltrami
MPAA Rating: R for strong violence including a sexual assault, language, sexuality/nudity and brief drug use.
Studio: Relativity Media
Release Date: August 27, 2014
Taglines: No one would ever believe our story.
Earth to Echo is an American sci-fi drama film directed by Dave Green, and produced by Robbie Brenner and Andrew Panay. The film was originally developed and produced by Walt Disney Pictures, who eventually sold the distribution rights to Relativity Media, which released the completed film in theaters on July 2, 2014.
When a group of young friends begin to receive bizarre encrypted messages on their cellphones, they embark on an incredible adventure to discover the meaning behind these communications. Soon enough, they realize that the messages they are receiving are from a mysterious being from another world – one who desperately needs their help.
After a construction project begins digging in their neighborhood, best friends Tuck, Munch and Alex inexplicably begin to receive strange, encoded messages on their cell phones. Convinced something bigger is going on, they go to their parents and the authorities. When everyone around them refuses to take the messages seriously, the three embark on a secret adventure to crack the code and follow it to its source. But taking matters into their own hands gets the trio in way over their heads when they discover a mysterious being from another world who desperately needs their help. The epic, suspenseful and exciting journey that follows will change all of their lives forever.
About the Story
Tuck, Munch and Alex are a trio of inseparable friends whose lives are about to change. Their Las Vegas suburb, Mulberry Woods, is being destroyed by a highway construction project that is forcing their families to move away. They mourn what will surely be the end of their happiness and friendship as their families move to separate ends of the country.
During the last week together, Alex’s phone, as well as his family’s, begin “barfing”—displaying weird electronic signals. Munch and Tuck figure out these signals only start at a certain point in the neighborhood. At one point men from the construction crew come to give out new phones, apologizing for the apparent electrical short that caused this, but the boys hide their phones.
Munch discovers that the image on his phone is identical to a desert 20 miles away. While at school they plan to tell their parents they are sleeping out at one of the other boys’ houses and then ride their bikes to find what the image leads to.
That night, Tuck and Alex collect an extremely nervous Munch who has cold feet. After some convincing they get him to come, telling him it’s their last night together before Alex—who’s moving in with another foster family—and eventually all three, move away. They bike out to the desert and what they discover is something beyond their wildest imaginations: a small friendly alien robot who has become stranded on Earth. In need of their help to rebuild his spaceship, the three friends come together to protect the alien, which they name Echo. Trying to find missing parts, they travel all over the desert and into a pawn shop; a house that happens to be Emma’s (or, as Munch calls her, “Mannequin Girl”), who joins them to get away from her parents; a bar; and an arcade.
However, they are being chased by government officials who have gone undercover as construction workers to investigate a spaceship that entered Earth’s atmosphere near the construction site. They shot Echo down and, believing that if Echo rebuilds his ship it will kill everyone on Earth, plan to kill him. After collecting a few of the pieces, the kids and Echo are caught, and the government is almost able to kill Echo before they escape. They steal the government’s van and follow the last map on their phones to reach Echo’s spaceship.
The map leads them to Alex’s backyard; the spaceship was under the neighborhood all along. Tuck, Munch and Emma now believe the officials and try to convince Alex to believe them, too, but he doesn’t listen. Alex puts Echo in the spaceship and tearfully says goodbye. The spaceship rebuilds itself, pulling each piece out of the ground, and blasts off into the sky. Only the four kids are around to see it (except Munch’s mother, whom no one believes) and think the holes appear because of a brief earthquake caused by the ship taking off.
Having been wrong about their predictions regarding the spaceship, the government officials depart. The kids’ parents discover that they were out all night, getting them in trouble. While they saved their neighborhood, Alex and Munch still have to move away; Tuck is able to stay but regrets that it isn’t the same without his friends. Despite this, the group realizes that true best friends remain so despite whatever distance separates them, and they remain friends for life.
Earth to Echo
Directed by: Dave Green
Starring: Teo Halm, Astro, Reese C. Hartwig, Ella Wahlestedt, Jason Gray-Stanford, Samantha Elizondo
Screenplay by: Henry Gayden, Andrew Panay
Production Design by: Kasra Farahani
Cinematography by: Maxime Alexandre
Film Editing by: Carsten Kurpanek, Crispin Struthers
Costume Design by: Judianna Makovsky
Set Decoration by: Missy Parker
Music by: Joseph Trapanese
MPAA Rating: PG for some action and peril, and mild language.
Studio: Relativity Media
Release Date: July 2, 2014
Taglines: You see what it wants you to see.
Ten years ago, tragedy struck the Russell family, leaving the lives of teenage siblings Tim and Kaylie forever changed when Tim was convicted of the brutal murder of their parents. Now in his 20s, Tim is newly released from protective custody and only wants to move on with his life; but Kaylie, still haunted by that fateful night, is convinced her parents’ deaths were caused by something else altogether: a malevolent supernatural force unleashed through the Lasser Glass, an antique mirror in their childhood home.
Determined to prove Tim’s innocence, Kaylie tracks down the mirror, only to learn similar deaths have befallen previous owners over the past century. With the mysterious entity now back in their hands, Tim and Kaylie soon find their hold on reality shattered by terrifying hallucinations, and realize, too late, that their childhood nightmare is beginning again.
Oculus is an American supernatural horror film directed by Mike Flanagan. The movie had its world premiere on September 8, 2013, at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, and received a wide theatrical release on April 11, 2014. The film stars Karen Gillan as a young woman who is convinced that an antique mirror is responsible for the death and misfortune her family has suffered. The film is based upon an earlier short film by Flanagan, Oculus: Chapter 3 – The Man with the Plan.
About the Story
The film takes place in two different times: the present and 11 years earlier. The two plotlines are told in parallel through flashbacks.
In 2002, software engineer Alan Russell moves into a new house with his wife Marie, 10-year-old son Tim, and 12-year-old daughter Kaylie. Alan purchases an antique mirror to decorate his office. Unbeknownst to them the mirror is supernatural and malevolent and induces hallucinations in both adults; Marie is haunted by visions of her own body decaying, while Alan is seduced by a ghostly woman named Marisol, who has mirrors in place of eyes.
Over time, the parents become psychotic, with Alan increasingly isolating himself in his office and Marie becoming withdrawn and paranoid. During the same period, all of the plants in the house die and the family dog disappears after being locked in the office with the mirror. After Kaylie witnesses Alan interacting with Marisol and tells her mother, Marie goes insane and attempts to kill her children. Alan overpowers her and chains her to their bedroom wall.
Alan remains isolated in his office for an indeterminate period of time; when the family runs out of food, the children attempt to seek help from their neighbors, who disbelieve their stories. Attempting to contact doctors or the authorities, Kaylie discovers that all of her phone calls are answered by the same man, who admonishes her to speak with her father.
One night, Alan unchains Marie, and both parents attack the children. Marie briefly comes to her senses, only to be shot dead by Alan. Alan corners the children in his office, but also experiences a moment of lucidity, during which he forces Tim to shoot him to death. The police arrive and take Tim into custody. Before the siblings are separated, they promise to reunite as adults and destroy the mirror. As Tim is taken away in the back of a squad car he sees the ghosts of his parents watching him from the house.
Eleven years later, Tim is discharged from a psychiatric hospital, having come to believe that there were no supernatural events involved in his parents’ deaths. Kaylie, meanwhile, has spent most of her young adulthood researching the history of the mirror, obsessively documenting the lives and deaths of everyone who’s ever owned it. Using her position as an employee of an auction house, Kaylie obtains access to the mirror and has it transported to the family home, where she places it in a room filled with surveillance cameras and a “kill switch”—an anchor weighted to the ceiling and set to a timer. Kaylie intends to destroy the mirror but first wants to document its powers proving its supernatural nature and thus vindicate her family.
Tim joins Kaylie at the house and attempts to convince his sister that she’s rationalized their parents’ deaths as being caused by an external force, in order to avoid facing the truth. The siblings argue for the duration of the evening until they find that the cameras in the room have inexplicably moved; reviewing the video, they realize that the mirror induced them to rearrange the contents of the room without their knowledge.
Tim finally accepts that the mirror does have some diabolical power and attempts to escape the house with Kaylie, only for the pair to be repeatedly drawn back by the mirror’s influence. Trying to call the police for help, they are only able to reach the same voice who spoke to them on the phone as children. Kaylie accidentally kills her fiancé who she mistakes for a hallucination of her deceased mother and later sees his ghostly figure having mirrors for eyes. The pair begin to hallucinate and experience visions of everyone killed by the mirror, who all appear as ghostly figures with mirrors in place of their eyes.
Directed by: Mike Flanagan
Starring: Katee Sackhoff, Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites, James Lafferty, Rory Cochrane
Screenplay by: Mike Flanagan, Jeff Howard, Jeff Seidman
Production Design by: Russell Barnes
Cinematography by: Michael Fimognari
Film Editing by: Mike Flanagan
Costume Design by: Lynn Falconer
Set Decoration by: Michelle Marchand
Art Direction by: Elizabeth Boller
Music by: The Newton Brothers
MPAA Rating: R for terror, violence, some disturbing images and brief language.
Studio: Relativity Media
Release Date: April 11, 2014
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.
A dangerous international spy is determined to give up his high stakes life to finally build a closer relationship with his estranged wife and daughter, whom he’s previously kept at arm’s length to keep out of danger. But first, he must complete one last mission – even if it means juggling the two toughest assignments yet: hunting down the world’s most ruthless terrorist and looking after his teenage daughter for the first time in ten years, while his wife is out of town.
Some scenes were filmed in the new film studios of the Cité du Cinéma founded by Luc Besson in Saint-Denis in France. Also, some scenes were filmed in Belgrade, Serbia, among other places in front of Hotel Jugoslavija.
About the Story
Experienced CIA agent Ethan Renner works with a team to capture the Albino, lieutenant to an arms trafficker called the Wolf, as he is selling a dirty bomb to some terrorists. The Albino deduces the trap when he recognizes one of the agents, whom he kills. Renner is able to cripple the Albino by shooting him in the leg, but not capture him. Meanwhile, elite CIA assassin Vivi Delay, who has been personally assigned by the Director to kill the Wolf, monitors the operation and notices Renner has unknowingly seen the Wolf.
Renner is nearly disabled by an extreme cough, which is diagnosed as terminal brain cancer which has spread to his lungs. He is given only a few months to live, and will not see the next Christmas. For decades he has kept his dangerous career a carefully guarded secret from his wife Christine and daughter Zooey, at the cost of losing them. He decides to spend his remaining time trying to fix his relationship with his estranged daughter, and if possible, his ex-wife. He returns to Paris, where he and his family live separately, to find the African family of Jules is squatting in his apartment. He is told by the government that he is not permitted to evict indigent squatters until after the winter.
He makes an awkward reconnection with Christine and Zooey, and tells Christine of his terminal illness. She allows him to reconnect with Zooey, and when she has to go out of the country on business, she is forced to let him look after Zooey. Vivi recruits him to find and kill the Wolf, in exchange for an experimental drug that could extend his life significantly. Renner reluctantly accepts, to get more time with his family. Vivi tells him the way to trap the Wolf is by getting the Albino, in turn by getting his accountant, in turn by kidnapping the gang’s limousine driver.
All the while Renner is fighting the hallucinogenic effect of the medicine. His heart rate goes too high, which he can control only by consuming alcohol. He must also deal with Zooey’s school problems, including her habit of lying so she can sneak out partying. He manages to keep her out of trouble, and slowly reestablishes a father relationship with her, which impresses his wife.
He tracks the Wolf and the Albino into the subway, but they gain the upper hand when he is disabled by the hallucinations. The Albino attempts to kill him by pushing him in front of an oncoming train, but Renner manages to push the Albino on the track instead. The Wolf escapes.
The family is invited to a party thrown by Zooey’s boyfriend’s father, who happens to be the Wolf’s business partner. Renner manages to protect Christine and Zooey when the Wolf’s men start shooting; he kills them all. While the Wolf is trapped in an elevator, Renner breaks the cable, causing it to crash to the basement floor. The Wolf crawls out wounded, but Renner is again disabled and drops his gun where the Wolf can get it. Vivi kicks the gun back to Renner, telling him to finish the job and kill the Wolf, but he decides not to, because “I promised my wife I’d quit.” Vivi then kills the Wolf.
At last retired, Renner survives to Christmas, which he is spending at a beach house with Zooey and Christine. He discovers a small, red wrapped gift package, which contains another vial of the cancer medicine. Vivi is seen on a hill behind the house smiling as Renner opens the package.
Three Days to Kill
Directed by: McG
Starring: Kevin Costner, Amber Heard, Hailee Steinfeld, Connie Nielsen, Richard Sammel, Eriq Ebouaney
Screenplay by: Luc Besson, Adi Hasak
Production Design by: Jeremy Cassells, Sébastien Inizan
Cinematography by: Thierry Arbogast
Costume Design by: Olivier Beriot
Set Decoration by: Sébastien Inizan
Music by: Guillaume Roussel
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some sensuality and language.
Studio: Relativity Media
Release Date: February 21, 2014