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It's almost a pleasant surprise to find an old-fashioned movie coming
out of the smoggy haze of Hollywood and with the best will in the
world, "Out Of Time" is a very old-fashioned movie. It feels like a
forgotten Hitchcock with cheating wives, sizzling Florida sunshine and
a twisting, messy case for a troubled cop to solve. Even the opening
credits have a touch of Rat Pack style to them but once all the fuss
dies down, what we have here is a fairly average but competent thriller
let down by a predictable story.
Denzel Washington plays Chief Matt Whitlock, a cop in the sleepy Florida town of Banyan Key. Despite having recently divorced fellow cop Alex (Eva Mendes), Matt is enjoying an affair with local resident Ann Harrison (Sanaa Lathan) whose recent diagnosis with terminal cancer remains a secret from her abusive husband (Dean Cain). Unfortunately, both are killed in an apparent arson attack on their home and all the evidence points to Chief Whitlock. Can Whitlock figure out what's going on before the rest of his colleagues, led by his ex-wife, come to the conclusion that Whitlock is guilty of murder?
The presence of Washington is a real puzzle. He is, by far and away, the biggest actor on screen but acting alongside TV stars like Cain, he looks like a very big fish in a very small pond. Washington and Mendes are good but Lathan and Cain are very ordinary, making the somewhat predictable ending all the more obvious. But for me, the real star is the comic support from John Billingsley as Whitlock's buddy, Doctor Chae. While there are some questions over the variety of acting skills on displays, the cinematography is superb - you can feel the heat of the Florida sun through the screen. And while the plot is certainly gripping, it never really seems to stretch itself and the ending does feel slightly disappointing.
I can't escape the feeling that this film could have been a real hidden gem with a bit more effort and with better actors alongside Denzel and Eva. "Out Of Time" certainly isn't a bad film - the premise is a sure-fire winner and there are times when it is truly thrilling to watch, whether Whitlock is racing to out-wit his fellow cops or if he's trying to catch those responsible. I did enjoy this film, even though it's not the best example of a cop thriller I can think of. Like I said at the start, it's a very old fashioned film but that is no reason at all to ignore it. Despite its flaws, it works and if it can entertain you as much as it did me then there is no reason why you shouldn't give this a chance. It's not a classic but this is a competent film with an intriguing plot and Eva Mendes in an extremely tight skirt. What's not to like?
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I saw this last Monday. For me it worked. I was smiling when walking back to chartbusters with the video. A sign of a good film for me is if there's still a reaction, however slight, when I'm not even watching it. When I first saw the trailer for this, I assumed that Denzel was a bad cop. I was wrong. Although he did bad things, you could see that his motives were for what he considered the greater good. I only wanted to see it because the beautiful and sexy Sanaa Lathan is in it. Some say she should have been cast as the wife in the movie but I thought her carachter's projected vulnerability made her the ideal woman for the part she played. The tension and suspense are kept going until the end. Normally I become frustrated with a film with a lot of suspense, but this one had me gripped the whole way through. You are only told what you need to know and this would have had a slightly adverse affect on most other films, in terms of carachter development and story/plot lines. And although the end does have a slightly "tying up the loose ends" feel to it, with so much tension building you need that gentle release. The plot centres around the chief of police in a small Florida town, his soon-to-be ex wife investigating a murder for which he might be implicated, Sanaa Lathan as his mistress with an abusive husband who finds out she has terminal cancer, drugs money stored in the police station as evidence and the temptation to use it to pay for her treatment. It definitely got a reaction from me. Like a part where I found myself shouting at the screen:"Don't go there you stupid idiot! She Can't be trusted", or words to that effect. If you haven't seen it you should. Well worth the rental price.
This movie fulfilled nearly my expectations but the story begins very
slow and I waited very long until something happens. I mean there is a
simply love affair in the first half and then there were only two
highlights in the last part. For all Denzel Washington fans here he was
interesting in this role. It's not his best performance but he delivers
at least an entertaining cat and mouse play. Enjoy it anyway and be
prepared for a surprisingly end. Rating: 6/10 that matches nearly the
IMDb vote of actually 6.5.
If you liked this I recommend the other better Washington movie called JOHN Q.
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**HERE BE SPOILERS**
Matt Whitlock's (Washington) marriage is on the verge of breaking up. Practically it is already over. So he is having an affair with Ann (Lathan) who is in a troubled marriage of her own. In addition, Matt, who is the police chief, just caught some smugglers and confiscated drugs, and a lot of money, now in a safe at the police station. Ann is then diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer, and is given half a year to live. There are treatments, but they're very expensive. Ann, not wanting her jealous husband to cash in on her, newly raised, life insurance changes the beneficiary to Matt. Against his own better judgment, thinking no one will ever miss them, Matt takes the drug-money out of the safe and gives them to Ann, telling her to meat him at his house later that evening. But Ann never comes. He goes to her house, but is seen by a neighbor. Not wanting to be taken as a burglar, nor revealing his affair, he quickly goes away. The morning after he is called to Ann's house, which is now burned to the ground (arson), with two persons inside probably Ann and her husband. Now Matt is in trouble. He had an affair with Ann (resulting in a lot of calls ending up on the phone record, for instance), a witness can place him at the scene of murder, and he has no alibi. In short, he has a motive and time to do it. And the money is missing. His soon-to-be-ex-wife, Alex (Mendes), now a homicide detective takes charge of the investigation. Matt is in serious trouble and as he struggles not to become the prime suspect and starts to alter evidence, just getting him into deeper trouble. And then DEA Agent Stark (Loughlin) calls him up and wants the missing drug-money for his investigation. So, to sum up, he is in the middle of a divorce, having an affair with the victim of an arson, to which he soon will be the prime suspect. He got to solve that arson to acquit himself, and he has to retrieve the money he stole and turn it over to Agent Stark. And no one must find out. It will be a busy day.
As you can see the story is rather complicated, and complicates itself as we go along. But it is never hard to follow and it is entertaining to see Matt getting out of one hard spot into to the next one. So the story is very nice. The cast, with Denzel Washington and Eva Mendes in the leads are very good along with the supporting cast, especially John Billingsley as Matt's good friend Chae. However, there is one flaw, and it is rather major. Even if the story twists and turns and is very entertaining to see, it was not hard to solve the ending, which was done very quickly. It was not hard to be a few steps ahead of the story and it was ridiculously easy, as always, to figure out which boy will end up with which girl. Unfortunately, in a murder mystery, this is a major flaw, and lowers the grade quite a bit. And why did it have two separate opening credits? And with the ending that is, it actually raises questions about the story (trying not to say too much here) that I didn't see the answers to. They should have been there to wrap up the story nicely, but maybe I just missed them. Still, with those flaws, it was entertaining to watch.
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The adultery aside, I thought this film moved well toward the middle
and that some of the dialogue (especially when Denzel is trying to
cover his tracks in the office) created a good deal of suspense. Had
this suspense continued in a logical manner until the end, I would have
enjoyed the movie more.
My main problem, however, is that Denzel's high school sweetheart, with whom he was having an affair, simply turns on him in a twist which was not only unforeseeable to me (the viewer), but also too far-fetched. Soon after that is revealed, ex-wife wants Denzel back, and Denzel wants her back as well. Surely, there was something between the two of them that caused the separation in the first place. How easily Denzel gets over 1) mistresses' attempt to kill him and 2) ex-wife's filing and service of process of divorce papers on him. In the world of make-believe, I suppose that this may flow; in my mind, however, it all seemed a bit too "convenient".
I liked watching Denzel be a regular person, not a hero and not in an outlandish plot. Sometimes I find the plot in some movies outshines the actors and is too complex. His acting was engaging and captured you from the start.It elicited a lot of emotion and tension without a lot of action and adventure, which I get tired of. It felt like you were him and you were in it together, and thats the best movie to me. When he was about to get caught you felt like you were about to get caught and he always came out ahead which was very pleasing. I watch it every time I see it on TV.
I have to disagree with a few of the reviews on this site ... I missed out
on seeing this movie in the theatre, and after finally watching it on DVD,
must say I wish I had seen it on the big screen.
Anyway, the movie in short, is about a cop who goes, aherm, diving in another mans pool, and eventually gets caught. The hubby finds out about his shenanigans and concocts a crazy scheme for revenge ... or so we think. There are two great plot twists at least, and they aren't asinine (a.k.a personality switch in Fight Club), or straight up ridiculous (a.k.a John Travolta good guy switch in Basic). As far as pacing (when the movie takes off), think 'Run Lola Run' meets 'Nick of Time'.
I like that Denzel doesnt feel constrained to play one particular kind of role. He's been stretching himself recently, with mixed results. This is one of his better stretches - I like the chemistry in this movie between him and Sanaa Lathan. The ending of the movie is what diminished the flick for me somewhat. I wonder if it was the original the director was looking for, and if not, how much of it ended up on the cutting room floor.
The good. Fast paced thriller, entertaining, Sanaa Lathan AND Eva Mendez ;)
The bad. Some weakness in the storyline (no chief of police is THAT gullible), botched ending.
Summary. Put it on the list!
This movie was great!!!!! I prefer intrigue instead of just blowing things up inexplicably. This movie kept me on the edge of my seat!!! As for the beginning, it was fine with me. Most movies today spend so little time setting up the plot and the characters....something explodes during the opening credits and they're off. This movie was just like a great roller coaster.....starts off slow and lets you get at good look at the amusement park then WHAM!!!! Lots of dips, turns and surprises. If you've watched every movie ever made, I'm sure you can find something old/cliche' in this movie. I've watched a lot of movies and found this to be one of the best!!! I'm glad I have it on DVD as part of my personal collection. And even though the element of surprise is gone, I suspect I'll still enjoy watching it again because of the great cast/scenery. This wasn't the case with "The 6th Sense".
I have to agree with many people that posted before that this movie started
off a little slow and that the plot isn't the most unique story out there,
but all in all, Out of Time is still a solid whodunit film. When a
double-homicide takes place, things start get interesting for Denzel
Washington's character as he tries to solve the mystery all while outrunning
his fellow police officers who suspect he did the crime.
Denzel did a great job in this movie as always, but it was his supporting cast that really surprised me. Dean Cain, known for his role in the Superman: Lois & Clark TV series and as host of Ripley's Believe It Or Not, holds his own in a powerful scene where he confronts Denzel's character. That definitely must have been an intimidating task. Sanaa Lathan also does a great job as Washington's mistress. I think I appreciated her acting skills even more when I saw her test screenings on the movie's DVD. Also performing strongly were Eva Mendes as Washington's ex-wife and FBI homicide investigator and John Billingsley as the county coroner and Washington's odd, trusting friend.
Needless to say, there are a lot of good elements out of this film. It's a solid mystery movie that will keep you thinking and guessing, even though the outcome may not make complete sense. To me, though, this is not of much importance as the movie was just fun to watch. It also had its lighter moments with great comedic timing from Billingsley. Overall, Out of Time is a pretty decent flick.
My IMDb Rating: 8/10. My Yahoo! Grade: B+ (Memorable)
Fun movie but almost a carbon copy of " NO WAY OUT" with Kevin Costner.
Naval-police officer is involved with mistress-wife and winds up with buckets of evidence implicating him in her murder and He's in charge,-semi-incharge.
Time is running out as He runs around Washington-Miami attempting to prove
his innocence. Only thing missing is Gene Hackman..
Both these movies are worth the time..
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