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Out of Time
Starring: Denzel Washington
Rated PG-13 for Sexual Content, Violence and Some Language
Star Rating: ***1/2 out of 5
Matt Lee Whitlock (Denzel Washington) is a respected chief of police in a small town outside of Miami, must solve a vicious double homicide crime before he falls under suspicion. Because Matt is now trying to get himself out of this crime by trying to tell some of the people that he didn't kill anyone! So now Matt has to stay a few steps ahead of the police force and everyone he has trusted in order to find the truth and the real killer! This was an interesting plot especially since they have never made a movie about a chief of police being accused of a homicide until this movie. This is probably another one of my favorite Denzel Washington movies even though he didn't get nominated for this film since he got nominated and won in the movie Training Day. But I still think Denzel Washington is a cool actor!
BOTTOM LINE: INTERESTING
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
OK, find me a homicide detective that looks like Eva Mendes, whose character is divorcing the Chief of Police who is having an affair, tempers with money confiscated from a drug bust, gets involved in an arson and murder case, lies and obstructs the investigation, kills several of the suspects, and in the end she decides she loves him and wants him back... should I go on?
However, is he also going down the Samuel L. Jackson route of being
typecast? If so, this would be a shame for one of the truly great actors
Cast as the cop who is being frames for a murder and theft of drug money, he battles away to hide and conceal evidence from his homicide detective wife.
And that's the highlight of the film ... Eva Mendes. Truly gorgeous!
OUT OF TIME (2003) *** Denzel Washington, Eva Mendes, Sanaa Lathan, Dean Cain, John Billingsley. Washington stars as a small time chief of police in a Florida up to his neck in trouble when his illicit affair with Lathan heats up to include some serious implications involving double indemnity, extortion and scandal as he attempts to resolve the matters at hand by staying one-step ahead of his recently promoted to homicide detective (and separated from) wife Mendes. Director Carl Franklin manages to keep the pulse racing in the entertaining tight pacing with strong support by a fearfully ferocious turn by Washington, humid locales expressing the potboiler at hand goosed by a jazzy score by Graeme Revell and a fine ensemble with Billingsley stealing every scene as Washington's scruffy coroner buddy. David Collard's somewhat predictable screenplay allows some taut corkscrew expositions with a peppering of suspense and humor.
I am a Denzel Washington fan and have seen every film that he has made, and although this is not among the best ones he has done, it was enjoyable. There are more twists and turns and he is constantly getting away with things throughout this movie. If you like Denzel then you will certainly like this movie. It has a little humor mixed in with a complicated plot.
The script 'Out of time' is based upon is one of the worst of the films I saw lately. Hard to believe how such a collection of banalities, stereotypes, and hard to believe coincidences gathered in one script. There is almost no instance during the film where you cannot predict what will happen on the screen 5 minutes and 50 minutes later. Much, much too predictable for a suspense-action movie. Characters are as schematic as they can be, and dialog is flat when it is not un-intentional funny. The title has no connection with the film. A team of reasonable actors does a fair job to save the movie, the only one who is best than the other is the unknown John Billingsley in a supporting role that makes me wish to see him more. Reasonable acting and directing save the film from disaster, but it is not much more than one in a stack of action DVDs that you need to rent on a boring holiday weekend. 4 out of 10 on my personal scale.
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In Florida, Matt Lee Whitlock (Denzel Washington) is the local chief police. He was responsible for the prison of a great lord of drugs and had his picture stamped on the front page of many newspapers. Presently he is divorcing from his wife, the homicide detective Alex Diaz Whitlock (Eva Mendes), and has a lover, Ann Merai Harrison (Sanaa Lathan). Ann is married with the former player Chris Harrison (Dean Cain). One day, Ann goes to her doctor with Matt, and she is informed she has a terminal cancer, having a maximum of six months of life. She tries unsuccessfully to raise some money, using her insurance policy, for having a better treatment and traveling to Europe. Then, she puts Matt´s name as her primary beneficiary in the insurance policy. Matt decides to give the US$ 450,00.00 that is in custody in the police safe box, once it is the evidence against the arrested lord of drugs. The schedule for using that money in court is about two years, when Matt would return it with part of the money of the life insurance of Ann. On the next day, the house of Ann and Chris is under fire and their bodies are found completely unrecognized. Meanwhile, the DEA requests the evidence stored in the police department for some further investigation. The police investigation in the two corpuses shows that the persons were dead before the fire. Out of time, having just a couple of hours to solve the crime, Matt runs a parallel investigation of the mystery, trying to find the money. The result is very predictable. I had participated in a promotion about cinema and won the ticket for this film. Having Denzel Washington in the cast, I indeed expected a great movie. But it is not! The story, full of coincidences, clichés and very predictable, looks like a comedy not funny, or maybe a laughable police story. Maybe it works on VHS or DVD, but spending time and money going to the movie theater is not worthwhile. There are lots of B-movies much original than this one. Denzel Washington disappointed me in such a role. A similar plot was magnificently explored by David Mamet, in `The Spanish Prisoner'. But `Out of Time' is pretentious and ridiculous. My vote is five.
In a small Florida coastal town, a respected and recently divorced police chief is caught up in an illicit affair with a married local resident. He uses unlawful means to try and get her out of a jam, but soon finds himself in over his head when she and her husband turn up dead and all of the evidence points to him. Now he must race to not only try and solve the case, but also to stay a step ahead of his own department before they can piece together the evidence that will deem him the culprit. Tense, skillful thriller with good direction, lots of twists, and plenty of close calls. Denzel is, as always, superb, aided by a solid supporting cast. ***
***SPOILERS*** Film noir murder drama with Denzel Washington as Baryan
Key police chief Matt Whitlock who get's himself trapped in a
fraudulent insurance scheme that almost lands him behind bars or in his
grave. Trying to help his girlfriend Ann Harrison, Sanaa Latham, get
treatment for her terminal cancer Whitlock uses $450,000.00 of
confiscated drug money he has locked in the police station's safe to
pay her way to Switzerland and get the life saving treatment that she
so desperately needs. As things turn out both Ann and her abusive
husband Chris, Dean Cain, end up dead in a suspicious fire that
engulfed their home that also incinerated the 450 G's he gave her.
What made things even worse for Wintlock is that he was put by Ann on an insurance policy as the sole beneficiary for a $1,000,000.00 payment in the case of her death! This put Wintlock on the spot in being the #1 suspect in both Ann & Chris deaths that has now been declared or upgraded as an arson murder. And as for the now gone 450's, that he expected the insurance money to replace, Wintlock has to answer to the DEA in what happened to it. A lot like "Body Heat" that covered the same ground as well as territory, Southern Florida, the film "Out of Time" has Whitlock set up in a complicated scheme to defraud the insurance company that has all the evidence pointing at him.
***SPOILERS*** Backtracking to get to the the meat of the matter Whintlock finds out that Ann and Chris, together with a phony doctor, had used him to get their hands on the drug money and end up framing him not only for stealing it but murdering them as well! Now with time running out and the ax about to fall on him, by the DEA agents finding out he heisted the drug money, Wintlock can only hope that he get's to both Ann & Chris before the law gets to him as well as them skipping out of the country and leaving him holding the bag!
***MAJOR SPOILER***Beautiful Florida photography as well as fine acting from it's cast especially the sexy and hot as a Florida summer Eva Mendez, who looks like a young Raquel Welch, as Wintlock's estrange wife Alex as Baryan Key's top homicide detective make the somewhat uneven storyline and unnecessary sub-plots in "Out of Time" more then watchable. In the end Wintlock finally tracks down those who tried to frame him,Ann & Chris, but ends up at the end of a gun barrel pointed straight at his head and about to go off. That's until Alex shows up in the nick of time to prevent that from happening!
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Denzel Washington is a small town Florida police chief. His marriage
(to homicide detective Eva Mendes) is washed up and he is having an
affair with dental nurse Sanaa Lathan who is married to unpleasant Dean
Cain. Factor in a big chunk of drug money evidence being held in the
police station safe, the dental nurse girlfriend being diagnosed
suddenly with terminal cancer, and some stuff about assigning an
insurance policy with a view to raising some ready cash for hospital
treatment in Europe, and it should come as no surprise to habitual
suspense thriller fans to find a house explosion turning terminal
girlfriend and obnoxious hubbie to crispy corpses, and Washington in
the frame for murder.
The fun wrinkle about this movie is the way Washington manages to stay half a step ahead of his estranged wife as the net gradually closes in on him.
To be objective, this movie isn't as good as the performances in it. The plot carries no major surprises and is fairly routine suspense thriller stuff. The suspense is well maintained, but the story isn't especially credible. However, the cast does well with it, particularly Washington, playing a man who is somewhat conflicted and, to some extent, not entirely undeserving of the predicament he finds himself in. As always, he brings an element of class to the most mundane material.
Having said that, it is entertaining enough (but no more).
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