Release Date: January 5th, 2007 (AMC Empire 25) by FoxFaith.
The Cast: Marc Blucas, Justine Waddell, Laura Jordan, Max Ryan, Bill Moseley, Sherman Augustus, Priscilla Barnes, Tom Bower.
Directed by Robby Henson.
BASIC PREMISE: Kevin (Blucas) and Jennifer (Waddell), a criminal psychologist, hunt down a psychopathic killer.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Thr3e is essentially a psychological thriller with no real thrills. The plot begins in the second act as Kevin, a young college student, receives strange phone calls from someone who sounds like Jigsaw from Saw. It’s uncanny that both leave something tricky, in this case a riddle, which precedes somebody’s imminent death. Kevin clearly has a conflict because the individual behind this mysterious voice wants to kill him yet makes it look like he’s the killer. None of the death scenes are particularly noteworthy here—just bombings, basically. In terms of suspense, the screenplay by Alan B. McElroy and Ted Dekker stalls in throughout much of the second act with tedious scenes with more and more riddles. It doesn’t pull enough punches until the convoluted, over-the-top third act with a plot twist that leaves more questions than answers. Not that any of the questions truly matter because none of the characters feel authentic or even likable enough to begin with. A first act would have helped to establish some sort of entry point into at least one of the characters’ lives. The mediocre performances, especially by Marc Blucas, just add to the film’s consistent dreariness. On a positive note, director Robby Henson does an adequate job of creating a somewhat eerie atmosphere with the cinematography, editing and set design.
SPIRITUAL VALUE: None, other than the simplistic, tacked-on message that only the power of God can help us to lead a good life and find reality in a chaotic world with the existence of evil.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: A silly twist ending.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 4
IN A NUTSHELL: Dull, tedious and lacking in thrills.
RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: DVD
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