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12 Big Questions Left Unanswered By ‘3 Days to Kill’

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Why Does The Wolf Make Such a Scene at His Partner’s Home? 

Never mind the convenience of having 3 Days to Kill climax with Ethan attending a party coincidentally also attended by The Wolf. We can see that happening, as Paris is such a small town. But in most spy movies, this would be the kind of out in the open space where the hero and villain get a nice expository conversation going. It’d be a scene of tension but no action. Here, though, The Wolf has his men start blasting up the place, regardless of the fact that it’s a party at his partner’s home (I think it’s his home, or it could just a rented hall, it doesn’t matter) for that person’s son and maybe he wouldn’t want to come off as a maniacal murderer in this place and situation in front of all these people. They’re just as sloppy and conspicuous as their adversary, and it’s astonishingly unbelievable.

Why Didn’t The Wolf Just Kill Ethan Before?

Before the party scene Ethan chases The Albino and The Wolf into a Metro station and is nearly decapitated by the former villain while the latter keeps saying to just kill him already. We assume The Wolf just doesn’t get his own hands dirty with such things as murder. And then the train arrives, The Albino is offed by Ethan and it’s seemingly too late for The Wolf to get the job done because of all the people around. Yet, as it turns out, we come to see that The Wolf doesn’t really care about being inconspicuous.

Why Didn’t Vivi Just Do the Whole Mission Herself?

In two situations, including the final killing of the big bad of the movie, Vivi does what Ethan can not do, hit-wise. We’re reminded especially in that latter scene the question we have of why Ethan is even necessary. Why couldn’t she just do everything herself? Unlike Ethan, she is top shelf, and it’s likely that she’s a better agent when it comes to looking whatever part the job calls for. Oh, and she isn’t in the middle of trying to reconcile with his wife (Connie Nielsen) and daughter nor does she have debilitating brain cancer or crippling side effects of that drug that comes in the cartoonishly large syringes.

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Where Is Zoe’s Boyfriend When She’s Nearly Raped at the Spider Club?

Although this is never answered either, I think it’s clear that there is no Karina or Katrina or whatever Zoe’s lab partner’s name is supposed to be. She’s just making up stories in order to be with her boyfriend. Or is she just going out by herself? No, we saw that she was invited out, at least to the tattoo joint for pre-gaming fun (and maybe a tat?). Hugh (Jonas Bloquet), seems like a pretty swell chap, not the sort to get his young girlfriend in trouble by having her sneak out and go drinking at an apparently unsafe establishment where women can be easily gang raped in the men’s room. And even later says he’s not into raves. Plus if he had been the person Zoe went to the club with, where was he when that near-rape took place? We never find out who she was there with or why she seems so blasé about what should have been a very traumatizing experience for a girl.

Do Squatters in Paris Really Have Such Claim Over Apartments They’ve Taken Over?

This isn’t a plot hole sort of unanswered question. I guess it’s not really even an unanswered question asked by the movie. But here’s the answer: it is in fact the law in France that if squatters make it past two days in a spot they’ve occupied then they can not be removed by the owner except through a lengthy suit. So there truly is nothing Ethan can do when he finds that his little-used Paris apartment has been taken over by a family of immigrants. The real question is why is this subplot in the movie and how does it fit? It doesn’t quite, but Besson is likely just throwing it in as a local in joke to satirize the ridiculous law by showing how it affects a man who needs to use his home for interrogations — not that any good spy would in fact use his own home for such matters.

Ethan Renner Is a False Identity, Right?

Thanks to FSR’s Kate Erbland for pointing out (on another site) that Costner’s character’s name is a combination of Ethan Hunt — Tom Cruise’s role in the Mission: Impossible movies — and Jeremy Renner — who co-stars in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. That only adds to the fact that Besson (yes, I consider him the real author of the movie, definitely more than director McG) intends this partly as a spoof of those and other spy movies, including his own. But in the diegetic context of the movie it’s still just so on the nose. I want to believe that it’s, within the story, a secret identity chosen by the worst CIA agent of all time after he’s seen that fourth M:I installment. Never mind that his wife and daughter also have the last name Renner.

Rather than a reject, Christopher Campbell is a film school dropout. But he has since gotten a master’s degree in cinema studies and has been blogging about movies since 2005. Earlier, he reviewed films for a zine (a what?) that you could buy at Tower Records (a what?). He is married with two children.

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