In flashback from a 'Rebecca'-style beginning: Ellen Foster, visiting her aunt on the California coast, meets neighbor Jeff Cohalan and his ultramodern clifftop house. Ellen is strongly ... See full summary »
A small time thief is recruited by a mobster to help with the racketeering. He doesn't like the job, but with the mob on his back, a femme fatale in his bed and a sick friend to care for, he will have to keep all his wits about him.
Two cups of water splashed around are not going to cool down thick sheet metal that has just been blow-torched. And nobody in their right mind would be sticking their bare arm through any hole immediately after the last quarter inch has been blow-torched either. See more »
I've seen 'Time Lock' a few times and over the years it's morphed from a tense, solid little gem into a flat and mildly engaging movie clinging to its place in my collection by its fingertips. It sucked me in with a great premise the first time I saw it and it remains a decent film, but it's not aging well for me.
A wooden child actor is accidentally locked in a bank vault on a Friday afternoon - and the time lock is set to open the door on Monday morning, 63 hours from now. As the boy's air runs out the race is on to open the vault and get him out. The main appeal of the movie is the believable procedural element as various methods are tried to rescue the kid, beginning with using a PA system to relay instructions to him so he can disable the lock, with vault expert Robert Beatty eventually turning up with what may be a workable solution.
This story is told in a basic way, with functional dialogue and direction that frames the actors competently and not much more than that. Between the vault closing and Beatty arriving the tension dribbles away, but Beatty is an commanding presence and things pick up again when he starts bossing everyone around. His performance, as well as those of Sean Connery as a belligerent welder and Alan Gifford as the guilt-ridden bank manager, make up for a cast that is otherwise largely wet and plank-like.
At only 73 minutes it's not exactly a bore, but (this time round anyway) it didn't grab me the way it should.
0 of 0 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?