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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.
On the face, "Out of Time" seems like a generic thriller. And while it is not tremendously original it is still an excellent thriller. It moves fast and never lets up, working from a great script by Dave Collard that keeps things tense without stretching plausibility too much. A beautiful Florida backdrop makes it even more pleasant. This is a great movie. Denzel of course is great as usual. The two female leads, Sanaa Lathan and Eva Mendes are also very good. Beautiful women, combined with a beautiful climate, good acting, solid direction that isn't showy but isn't lacking either, and a good script equals a good movie. John Billingsley is fun as the comic relief. "Out of Time" is breezy fun, perfect for any time, it is pleasant and thrilling.
I'm surprised that none of the erudite film viewers here have noticed
that, despite the lack of a credit, this film is a remake of the John
Farrow/Ray Milland film "The Big Clock", which was also remade by Roger
Donaldson/Kevin Costner as "No Way Out"...
That said, it faithfully hues to most all of the plot elements of it's predecessors (which is a good thing)and additionally benefits by outstanding acting from all of the leads, particularly Washington and Mendes, who display real chemistry. The only fly in the ointment, acting-wise, is the performance of Dean Cain who once again seems incapable of exercising any subtlety when playing a dark character or a villain.
Denzel Washington has a shtick now that serves him well. He can
exaggerate it up or tone it down depending on the intensity of his
neo-Bogart-gangster-hero portrayal. Actually, it's good to see an actor
pick up on the Bogart persona, the world wary American that doesn't
stick his neck out for nobody till the bad guys make him mad.
The locale is the Florida Key, Banyan, and our police chief, separated from a gorgeous detective (only in the movies) is fooling around with a high school sweetheart that is married to a white, ex-professional football quarterback. Keeping the affair a secret from the cuckold is part of the delicious fun, but then things turn ugly when Denzel gets mushy over Sanaa Lathan; indeed, he goes over the line for the beauty.
Now he's broken the law and his own department is on his tail not to mention Federal agents. Can Denzel solve the murder before being arrested for the same murder? It doesn't really make sense, but that Bogart thing keeps you in it until the contrived end.
The film deals about a police chief(Denzel)who is trapped in a cobweb of offenses and he'll must free himself of event's net that's caught. He's separated of her wife (Eva Mendes) and he has a lover(Sanaa Latham)married with Dean Cain. From the beginning until the final movie the intrigue and frenetic action is continued and unstoppable. The picture mingles emotion,suspense,thriller,drama and is very amused for the mystery and tension is during whole runtime film. The time movie is about two hours ,it is adjusted and isn't bored neither dreary but amused because is fast moving and happen many events. The motion picture obtained enough success in all the world, in United States was a number one in letterbox. The argument film is pretty twisted and the end has an extraordinary surprise. The final confrontation amongst the protagonist and the contenders is thrilling and exciting. Denzel Washington acting is top notch , he has got many experience in twenty and some years of career,Eva Mendes is enjoyable and enticing and Sanaa Latham ready as future first star in Alien vs Predator,Dean Cain (ex Superman)a different role to the usual. Carl Franklin direction is excellent,he creates enough tension.TheoVan Sande cinematography and Graheme Revell music is atmospheric. The picture has classify as +16 years because there is violence and cruel murders however is apt +14 with parents guide. The flick will like to suspense and thriller movies buffs. Rating: Good. Well catching.
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
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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