Liam Neeson Instructs Russell Crowe on Planning a Prison Break

If you read Scott Sawitz’s review of this summer’s The A-Team, you may remember he referenced the French New Wave crime film Bob le flambeur and its use of “chalk talk,” which crosscuts between actually talking about a job (say a heist) and visually showing the steps involved. Joe Carnahan implemented “chalk talk” in The A-Team (starring Liam Neeson) and Paul Haggis uses it in his new film The Next Three Days (also starring Liam Neeson). Purely a coincidence, but if there was an audiobook on the art of chalk talking I would want Neeson to narrate.

Lionsgate reveals Neeson explaining to Russell Crowe on how to plan the perfect prison break in this new clip from The Next Three Days, also starring Elizabeth Banks.


Opening in theaters on November 19th, John Brennan’s (Crowe) life is perfect until his wife, Lara (Banks), is arrested for a gruesome murder she says she didn’t commit. Three years into her sentence, John is struggling to hold his family together, raising their son and teaching at college while he pursues every means available to prove her innocence. With the rejection of their final appeal, Lara becomes suicidal and John decides there is only one possible, bearable solution: to break his wife out of prison. Refusing to be deterred by impossible odds or his own inexperience, John devises an elaborate escape plot and plunges into a dangerous and unfamiliar world, ultimately risking everything for the woman he loves.

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