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This is yet another cops and robbers whodunit movie. The movie features
solid performances by Denzel Washington (as Matt Lee Whitlock) and Eva
Menedes (as Alex Diaz Whitlock) playing the separated couple each working
their own angle on the crime that occurs. With excellent supporting work by
John Billingsley (as Chae, the medical examiner), Dean Cain (as Chris
Harrison), and Sanaa Lathan (as Ann Merai Harrison) this movie keeps you
guessing until the end.
There are some interesting plot twists at the end of the movie which you may or may not figure out by the end. I think the climax of the movie could have been a little more fluid, but it works and I think its satisfying to the viewers. I found this movie to be above average compared to much of the standard fare that has been offered in 2003, especially, because I didn't look at my watch once during the entire film.
This should have gone straight to DVD. Perhaps it did(?)
It has the look - for the most part it's full of close ups and the camera work is full of fast and slow movements for no obvious reason - all of that will look terrible on the big screen but is pretty much standard for TV. And since there are so many close ups, neither achieves the punch that a more restrained use would provide - and at the same time the film doesn't have to show the lack of production values.
The plot is too predictable and the suspense consists mostly of eerie music that we recognize from countless TV productions also - it does not work.
Only for die-hard fans of the always reliable Denzel Washington.
Too many cliché's, really really bad acting, a really slow start and an end that didn't surprise at all. A terrible casting of Denzel's wife. She looked fine, but her face had no expressions and she wasn't a credible character. Just terrible. Once the film started, I guessed the story-line, surprisingly I was wright. Sometimes I couldn't hold my laugh, because of the things the director had invented. Why the cliché's of the wife that wouldn't believe her husband at first, but at the end she came back to him and they lived happily ever after. Why they break up and why she wanted to divorce is not clear. They just did. Someone who wouldn't guess everything would be fine at last, has no knowledge about movie-cliché's. I thought Denzel wouldn't participate in that kind of movies. Maybe he just wanted to kiss some beautiful girls. If that's the reason, okay, if it isn't...I don't get him.
Out of Time is directed by Carl Franklin and written by David Collard.
It stars Denzel Washington, Eva Mendes, Sanaa Lathan, Dean Cain and
John Billingsley. Music is by Graeme Revell and cinematography by Theo
Van de Sande.
Matthias Whitlock (Washington) is chief of police in little Banyan Key, Florida. Respected for his work and basically honest in the line of duty. Away from work, however, his marriage to Alex (Mendes) has failed, he's having an affair with an abused wife and he likes a little drink on duty. So when his lover Anne Harrison (Lathan) springs on him the shocking news that she has been diagnosed with terminal cancer, it naturally shakes his world. But this news is merely the start of something bigger, for pretty soon Matt will be in the unusual situation of having to stay one step of his own kind or face dire consequences.
It's a film proudly wearing a badge of homage to film noir of the 40s. In fact it very much plays out as a contemporary riff on John Farrow's excellent Ray Milland starrer of 1948, The Big Clock. But that's fine, especially when you have some knowing craft in front and behind the camera in the shape of Franklin (Devil in a Blue Dress) and Washington (take your pick here really!). Yet as great as Franklin and Washington's work is, they all owe a debt to Collard's screenplay. Inventive in how it plays out as a plot, with it's many tight situations laid down for Washington's duped law enforcer to try and get out of, the screenplay has a knack for deft humour, often sly, which is something that even some of the hardest of noirs from the golden era are tinted with. The secret is being able to blend the humour with quality moments of suspense, and this picture manages to do that with some interest.
Film also benefits greatly from the tight atmosphere created by photographer de Sande. Sweaty Florida in daylight doesn't cry out as being a good starting point for an offshoot of film noir (real Florida locations were thankfully used), but the scenic beauty is never realised during the drama sequences, colours are toned down, even for a stunning red sky, and this perfectly becomes at one with a near frantic Washington as the tricksters of Banyan Key start to close in on him. It's nice too see, also, interracial couples forming the core of the story, while the dominance of sexuality is firmly given a shrewd work over by director and writer. There's good thought gone in to making this, enough to steer it away from charges of just being a faux neo noir production.
Problems? Yes, a few. Inevitability of outcome is hard to shake off whilst viewing it, especially for those well versed in the genre (sub-genre). Clichés and contrivances are stacked up like a pile of cop thriller 101 books, and Franklin goes smug (daft) by dropping in a couple of slow frame sequences that the film clearly didn't need. While the big showdown in the finale lacks a gut punch. But this is a good viewing, sexy at times and always eye catching, it also pleasingly chooses perky dialogue over action to make its dramatic point. The cast around Washington enhance the quality: Lathan in the tricky role shows shows a number of layered gears, Cain is imposing as a bully boy husband (where did this Cain go?) and Billingsley almost sneaks in and steals the movie as the loyal and stoic comedy side-kick. So pesky flaws aside, this is a good recommendation as a night in movie for those with a kink for contemporary neo noir. 7/10
The premise doesn't work. The head of police is embroiled in some dirty
business and he has to cover his tracks but his girlfriend, who works
under him, is on the very case he's involved in, so he has to stay one
step of her while still giving her the change... he does so through
cheap panicked tricks while delivering poor lies. She suspects nothing.
That's a poor premise by any measure.
The plot doesn't work. Most of the gunshots must have hit the script, leaving it hole-filled and incapable of logical exposition. Some characters behave erratically, others are unidimensional, a few choice Deus Ex Machinae crop up and the conclusion is a mess of perfectly timed coincidences few could believe in.
The romance doesn't work. If Out of Time is to be believed, when your couple is going through a rough phase, there's a foolproof three-step plan to regain your lover's affections: first, cheat; second, get involved in a dirty affair; third, put lives at risk while selfishly trying to get yourself off the hook. When pressured, confess the whole thing to a friend but repeatedly lie to your lover about it all.
The comic relief... somewhat works. Chae's character is sometimes a cheesy cliché, sometimes a welcome relief from a tedious scene.
All in all, "Out of Time" shares the property of many below-average thrillers: bearable, but certainly not enjoyable.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Watchable twist and turns thriller which, along the way, contrasts the
dynamics of real power with that which is implicit within male-female
relationships (hence the reference to the Thomas Crowne Affair). In
this film we have, intertwined with the plot, the juxtaposition of the
hero's failed (but ultimately resurrected) marriage, with his
adulterous and treacherous affair. The film's insurance scam (another
echo of the Thomas Crowne Affair), and the police and drugs money
antics, fall into second place against the drama and significance of
these personal relationships.
Unfortunately the predictable and saccharine denouement of the resurrected marriage fails to convince - largely because the chemistry between the leading man (Denzel Washington) and his adulterous paramour (Sanaa Lathan) far outstrips that between him and his ex-wife (Eva Mendes).
Denzel Washington in a rather routine film noir update. My saying that should lay out the entire plot to you once you start watching the film. While its not a bad film its just nothing special and is the type of thing best stumbled upon while surfing. Yea, you'll know who's doing what to whom after a couple of minutes but at the same time its nothing you'd really want to pay for. I don't dislike the film but at the same time I'm annoyed by several choices they make, the long opening seduction is a waste of time and is the first of several things that make me want to scream, "oh get over it!" 5 out of 10 Wait for cable then make the popcorn.
Saana Lathan from "Something New" adds the heat to this film that is
very familiar to fans of "No Way Out." She won a couple of awards for
her hot performance. Denzel Washington, who reprises the KevinCostner
role, was nominated for a couple of awards too as he joins with his old
director from "Devil in a Blue Dress," Carl Franklin. You know you have
a winning story when your predecessor, "The Big Clock" was nominated
for a Best Picture Oscar.
The story is timeless. Can the stooge clear his name or get out of the trap before time runs out. Denzel was magnificent - as he usually is - in playing the game. You always figured the next door was the last, but he manages to get through it. How does it end. Gentle folk, that is for you to find out, and I guarantee you will not be disappointed.
Oh, did I neglect to mention that Denzel's ex is play by the sexy Eva Mendes from this year's "Ghost Rider." Makes me tempted to go see that one - NOT!
This was a good movie. The only thing i didn't like was the opening credits. The whole jazz thing they were playing kind of ruined the feel of the movie before you even saw it. Denzel got what he deserved in this movie. Sleeping with a married woman and it back fired on him. It keep you on the edge, wondering how Denzel was going to ease his way out of all the mess he got himself in. He got played by Sanaa Lathan, and the one woman who he had seemingly turned his back (Eva Mendes) on(don't burn your bridges!)came to his rescue in the end. It's definitely worth owning in your DVD collection. It's another great Denzel movie and he always does a good job in the leading roles.
I saw this movie for the 1st time this past weekend. Why did I wait so long to watch it? I was glued to the screen during this whole movie. I don't normally talk to the TV, but I did during this one. I was giving Denzel Washington's character suggestions on what he should do. I do think that Denzel Washington is one of the best actors out their right now. He can play so many different parts and each one being awesome. I also enjoyed John Billingsly character as well. You may know him from the Star Trek: Enterprise series.He was quite funny in this movie. This movie is worth your time so check it out when you get the chance. You will not be disappointed.
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