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Pretty good

7/10
Author: Joseph Pintar from New Hartford, NY
7 January 2004

Out of Time doesn't make a lot of sense, but it is still a pretty good movie. Denzel Washington is good as always and gets help form the actresses playing his wife and mistress, plus the doctor from Enterprise doing the comic relief. It is an interesting thriller about how you solve a murder when all the evidence points to you. Yet you know you didn't do it. Did you? I like most of the movie. Only the scenes in the hotel come across as somewhat unbelivable. Overall, 7/10.

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Keeps you on the end of your seat.

7/10
Author: rob4moore from utah
25 October 2003

Good movie, wouldnt pay to see it again but good. Denzel plays a great part, and the girls in the movie aren't hard to look at. Dean Cain plays kind of a lame role. Movie also has some good comedy in it so dont wait around go see this movie worth 4.50 not 7 bucks

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Out of time for one major reason...

Author: Spider-Lou from Bristol, CT
22 October 2003

The first act is establishing characters and story lines so boringly sloooooooooooooooooooooow! The most unfortunate thing is that all of it leads to the crucial race-against-time part of the story, where Denzel Washington's character tries to cover up his indiscretion as well as his own ass. The movie finally does kick out of first gear and becomes fun to watch as twists and turns pop up. The plot initially reminded me of Al Pacino's dilemma from "Insomnia," now I realize it is totally lifted from "No Way Out." It had some tense moments, but most of them became goofy. I felt I was watching a big sitcom. The hotel scene may well have revived Benny Hill.

Well, as usual DW makes the most of an ordinary big screen character in Matt Whitlock. Eva Mendes is fine as hell, but no great actress, too bad because her decent character is the Detective assigned to the murders that happen in Banyan Key, FL. A good moment between them was when she found something on him and it changed their demeanor throughout the final act. John Billingsley (Dr. Phlox on "Star Trek: Enterprise") is pretty good comic relief, but unnecessary since the whole movie is hardly serious.

I agree with another reviewer here that the "happy ending" was totally anti-climactic. Again, DVD is the way to watch this one, because it is entertaining enough to check out now and then, except the corny, melodramatic first act. If that was whittled down some, maybe Denzel wouldn't have had so much to worry about.

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Washington Stars In OK Noirish Film

7/10
Author: CitizenCaine from Las Vegas, Nevada
19 October 2003

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Out Of Time stars Denzel Washington as a small town police chief, who becomes unintentionally, personally embroiled in a murder investigation. He finds himself investigating the situation privately, while keeping his estranged wife (working for the local police) and the DEA at bay. You see, Washington inadvertently becomes a suspect. Able support comes from Sanaa Lathan as the female he falls in with, while on retreat from an unhappy marriage. Eva Mendes plays his investigator wife. Dean Cain plays a departure from his usual roles: an abusive, slime-ball husband. John Billingsley adds welcome humor as his sidekick. Carl Franklin has directed a few previous noir-like films: One False Move, Devil In A Blue Dress (also with Washington), and even last years' High Crimes can fall into this category. Some of the scenes stretch believability a bit, like the fax machine sequence and the entire hotel sequence. However, the moody jazz soundtrack and small town location filming help season the story of a morally ambiguous man looking to avoid a comeuppance. Washington carries the film. Focus on his character and avoid trying to follow the plot. The plot has holes in development and especially with motive. One drawback is the convenient ending. *** of 4 stars.

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Stay a few steps ahead of the police

Author: Douglas Young (the-movie-guy) from Memphis, Tennessee
19 October 2003

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Synopsis Spoiler! Denzel Washington plays Matt Lee Whitlock, a respected chief of police in a small town on the Florida Keys. He is in the middle of a divorce and also in a liaison with a married woman (Sanaa Lathan). His police force has captured some drug runners with $485,000. Matt takes the drug money out of his safe, and gives it to his mistress for her cancer treatments. Bad idea! Everything blows up in his face when his mistress and her husband die in a home fire caused by arson. Matt must solve this double homicide, before he becomes the number-one suspect. His estranged wife, a homicide detective (Eva Mendes), is collecting evidence and clues to the murders. Matt tries to stay a few steps ahead of his own police force, before he runs `out of time,' and ends up in jail. The movie starts slowly, but after the fire, the action rolls! (MGM Pictures, Run time 1:46, Rating PG-13) 6/10

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i WAS OUT PATIENCE....

Author: rajagopal from ca
13 October 2003

I am a big fan of Washington.....I always wanted him to win the Oscars , he did, I never wanted him to act in any of the run of the mill B grade movies and sadly he has done that too....

But for danzel, this movie has nothing going for it. there are a billion ways u can spend ur 9.25 buks to give u a smile....but not this movie....

he is a police chief who gets setup, poor chap gets featured in the local daily for a heroic act, but did not see this coming. his wife is the detective who would take a call on the speaker if the scene demands u to move to ur seat's edge, danzel plays with the wires and a scanner and makes a fax machine a printer....boy a lot of clichés and rip offs...

stay away from this movie, wait for the dvd, it will be out soon, and u will know what u did not miss.....

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See this film only when there is no other choice

Author: Josh Weinman (jlw33)
12 October 2003

The problem with the film "Out of Time" is the fault of the screenplay. Although I thought the plot was easy and fun to follow along with. Denzel Washington, who is reason enough to catch a film, does a

fine job as Miami Beach Police Chief "Matt Whitlock", who finds himself at the center of a double homicide investigation. If it wasn't for Denzel in the lead role, I would have asked for my money back. The script, however plausible,

sometimes takes itself too seriously. I had trouble with the supporting cast, including Dean Cain and Sanaa Lathan. I think that they were overacting.

During a critical scene in the film, where Police Chief Whitlock is about to be identified by the neighbor of Lathan's character, he gets himself off the hook by acting like a victim of racism. This was comical. I feel this is a badly written scene. However, it is a isolated moment in the film. Overall, "Out of Time" is a believable thriller. In my opinion, the film works in large part due to

Washington's performance. But, the film falls short of being great because of a somewhat flawed script. Josh Weinman

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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Out of Surprises

7/10
Author: Mr.Uxo from On Location, Florida
12 October 2003

Out of Time is about getting out of trouble. Thats what Denzel Washington does for most of the film. It's actually very enjoyable watching him wiggle his way out of one blunder after another. This film is little more then that, but enjoyable enough to keep your attention until the end. Kudos to John Billingsley who plays Chae. Hopefully the movie will run Out of Time before your attention span does.

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A USA movie starring Denzel

Author: Jamie
6 October 2003

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One minor spoiler.

If you were or still a Kevin Costner fan, you will remember an excellent film called No Way Out co-starring Sean Young as his leading lady and prostitute sharing the favors with Gene Hackman as the ruthless Secretary of Defense. This movie Out of Time contains similar plot structure and pacing as No Way Out. But No Way out had a much better plot twist than Out of Time. A much better everything really.

This movie was based on style and Denzel's status. I'm like everyone else. I love Denzel but this wasn't his best work here. Its not even worth a second viewing. Even though this movie carries the time factor formula it just doesn't hold up to the suspense I felt that it should have carried. I didn't even like Sanaa Lathan's participation in this. In the end, you never really understood her motives. Not enough mystery here. It felt like a USA movie overall.

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Good but Extremely Contrived

Author: imdb3-3 (imdb3@quickdirect.com) from New york
5 October 2003

This film has its moments but is contrived to the point of being ludicrous. I haven't been a huge fan of Denzel Washington but he gives an excellent performance -- much better than his supposed Oscar winning performance -- to the point where he completely carries this film.

The problem? The plot and action are contrived to the point of being ludicrous. Every time a certain character is about to be caught, some deus ex machina is inserted, e.g. a drawbridge is drawn giving the character more time, etc. and it just gets plain ridiculous. There is no way that the intricate components of the crime could be covered up in the fashion that they are (e.g. not being able to find out who is assigned a certain mobile number and why nobody in the police station seems to know whose mobile numbers are whose.)

Getting past the sheer stupidity, Denzel does an excellent job in giving you a sense of desperation. With the exception of Dean Cain, the rest of the acting was weak. Denzel's "sidekick" is a Mike Myers - Austin Powers lookalike who was given loads of funny one liners that are just pumped into the film to create a buddy-buddy feel which never happened. In fact, one can only wonder how the climax scene ended up the way it did because I have no idea how his character could have known how to go and to have with him a certain package we'll leave nameless. Unfortunately the script is weak... very weak. This is a forgettable movie that is entertaining but you won't care to see it again... good job Denzel and Dean Cain.

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