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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Denzel is as good as ever

Author: Alex Brown ( from Woking, England
27 December 2003

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 of his generation.

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!

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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful:


Author: ( from fairview, nj
6 October 2003

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.

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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful:


Author: iohefy-2 from Charlotte, NC
30 September 2003

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.

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3 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

Doesn't work.

Author: Grumpy Pheasant from Belgium
6 April 2011

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.

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3 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

the movie is low to average, the script is unbelievably bad

Author: dromasca from Herzlya, Israel
20 June 2004

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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3 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

A Predictable Film Noir, Full of Clichés and Coincidences

Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
23 March 2004

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Minor Spoilers

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.

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4 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

slick and entertaining

Author: Special-K88
12 October 2003

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. ***

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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

This is like a Summer beach read. Not bad, but also not memorable.

Author: Mr-Fusion from United States
17 May 2014

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

What really stands out for me about "Out of Time" is just how nicely it captures the hot and steamy locale of coastal Florida in the Summer, right down the sex scenes (with a score that perfectly suits). You can just feel the humidity. But aside from the stunning Eva Mendez, that's about it. The movie does kick into moderate gear with Denzel running interference between police and the mounting evidence of his involvement in the double homicide - which becomes preposterous at times, but solid direction keeps things moving. Still, the coincidences are absurd, and rob the movie of any depth. Plus, it's Dean Cain as the villain; a recent graduate of the Hasselhoff School of Goateed Bad Guy Acting.


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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Good acting saves otherwise simple plot

Author: jb_campo from United States
26 March 2014

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

I thought Out of Time was OK, mostly because of Denzel's acting. In this flick, he portrays a local police chief with questionable morals. He drinks on duty, he plays a bit loose with evidence, and then, there's the women in his life.

Eva Mendes looks absolutely stunning here. However, I found her a bit miscast as Denzel's soon-to-be ex-wife, now ex-cop, promoted to Detective. I found her unconvincing as a detective, but give her high grades for effort. I think she just lacked the acting skills to keep up with Denzel.

On the other hand, the other woman in the story, Sanaa, she was terrific. She portrays Denzel's high school sweetheart, and I guess they split, but now, she's back in his life. She is apparently dying, and Denzel starts feeling sorry for her, and he does things he shouldn't do to help her. then things get out of control and Denzel is trying to stay one step ahead of the investigation while he's trying to figure out what the heck is going on.

His medical partner, Chae, John Billingsley, was also terrific. He has Denzel's back at all times, and portrays this likable, but annoying, gadfly-like character who kind of annoys you, but intrigues you at the same time. Chae plays a real important role at many times in this movie, particularly the end.

However, despite good acting, the plot is somewhat thin. Since you know that Denzel is innocent, there's no mystery thinking that maybe he is guilty. See the movie, Gone, where at least you were wondering if Amanda Seyfried was crazy or not. Once you knew Denzel was innocent, it wasn't a big leap to figure out who was behind all this mess. So a weak plot spoiled otherwise strong acting and interesting characters.

Based on all these factors, I give it a 6 out of 10. Worth a watch, just adjust your expectations to a B grade movie and you'll be fine.

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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Caught in the Web

Author: sol from Brooklyn NY USA
29 September 2012

***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!

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