Martin Taylor, an obsessive accountant, is tired of how his family never spends any time together. Prompted by his half-crazy prepper brother to begin preparing for doomsday by taking the 3 Day Test, Martin sees it as his last chance to get to know his family again. So he disconnects them from modern amenities and is assisted by local police in convincing his family to endure the three days in the comfort-free world. But little do they know that they were not at all prepared for what’s coming next…
Production Quality (2 points)
As usual for Corbin Bernsen, production quality is slightly above average in 3 Day Test. The camera work is pretty good and video quality is clear. Audio quality is fine except for an annoyingly blaring Christmas soundtrack and dumb sound effects. The sets and locations are slightly limited due to the premise, but they are well designed. The editing is fairy respectable with only some minor quirks. In short, Bernsen has always succeeded at production quality, but that’s not even the half of this film.
Plot and Storyline Quality (.5 point)
Where to start? 3 Day Test is based on a bizarrely forced Christmas apocalyptic survival premise in which you never really know what’s coming next. Though it doesn’t have to be a Christmas film at all, it takes place during Christmas and contain many sarcastic head-scratching asides and forced comedy moments. Since the dialogue is either information dump or downright zany, the characters come off a mostly mentally insane and unstable. As slightly interesting concepts are shoved in your face and packaged in ridiculous ways, many occurrences are highly unrealistic and head-scratching. The longer the movie goes on, the weirder it gets as the audience is pulled into an over-the-top descent into madness coupled with a wacky Home Alone rip off. By the time it’s all over, no sense can be made of it and there are unexplained factors and loose ends. Is it satire or just total insanity? Your guess is as good as ours.
Acting Quality (1.5 points)
Sporting some professional cast members and some odd child actors\actresses, this cast is a mixed bag. It’s sometimes pretty good while other times it’s histrionic and annoying. Line delivery is actually quite professional, but there are just too many episodes of craziness to warrant any more points than this.
Once again, what are we to make of Corbin Bernsen? Is he a mad satirical genius or is he just trolling? 3 Day Test is actually less satire than usual for him and more goofy madness. While we wholeheartedly agree that families need to spend more time together, and not just during the holidays, this does not have to involve a ridiculous false survival premise. This leads us to wonder if Bernsen is actually advocating for ‘prepping for an apocalypse’. Who knows what he really believes; we may never know. The bottom line is that he’s wasting his talents and resources on facepalm-inducing films that no one really cares about when he could be making a real difference. Will he ever change? We somehow doubt it.
Final Rating: 4 out of 10 points
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Best quote from this movie (ironic, not funny): “Is there any idea in your goofy little brain that doesn’t involve completely degrading women?”