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- Story -
A police chief from Florida (Matt Whitlock) (played by Denzel Washington) is in a relationship with Ann Harrison (played by Sanaa Lathan). It turns out that she only has months to live as she finds out an aggressive cancer has returned and she decides to change the sole beneficiary of her life insurance from her husband Chris (played by Dean Cain who used to play Superman in the 1990s version of the TV show) to Matt. Things take a particularly sinister turn when an arson attack takes place at Ann's house one night and two burned out bodies are found. Matt wasn't at the house that night and so he has to rush to try and find the real killer while getting rid of any evidence that might point to him being the main suspect for Ann's murder, while his police partner Alex (played by Eva Mendes) vows to find the killer.
Will he be framed for the murder and if he didn't kill them then who did? is all as it seems? you'll have to watch the movie to find out.
- Thoughts & Opinions -
I found this to be a very tense drama, with moving camera angles and some dramatic instrument based background music to heighten the franticness of certain scenes.
I liked the story in that its not one I've seen before - its very gripping at times, with Matt having to work very quickly to divert suspicion from him. Its true that the plot took a fair while to build up, at first it didn't seem to be going anywhere, with a few saucy scenes between Matt and Ann. However, I suppose it helps to give more of a background on the characters, or more specifically Whitlock and Ann's husband Chris. I found it a bit hard to believe in the scene where Ann was diagnosed as having an aggressive form of cancer and given months to live, like she said herself, she felt fine but who am I to say how realistic such things are.
I somehow felt that Eva Mendes didn't fit in, in this movie - her character (Alex) was obviously needed but to me she stuck out as I suppose the token eye candy, for the men anyway- im not sure precisely what it was but it felt to me like that was the main reason for her being in the movie and that she otherwise came across as perhaps a bit nondescript. If you think about it much, you (/I) can't help but wonder if she lived locally, how she hadn't noticed Matt being close to Ann before the arson attack. Ok this movie is definitely more action and drama based than anything else and certainly there are many quite gripping scenes, where I did feel as if I were on the edge of my seat to see what happened, so it was certainly tense and entertaining, very watchable, just it has one or two flaws if you bother to think it through but I certainly wouldn't say that the downsides render the movie unwatchable or anything like that.
I felt that Denzel Washington gave a decent performance in this movie - I like some of his other movies and I wouldn't say his performance in this movie entirely stood out as one of the best in his career but I wouldn't say that its particularly bad either, its middle of the road I suppose. As an action/drama movie, it contains some mild to moderate violence, one or two pretty brief sex scenes and some strong language although nothing especially gratuitous, other than that I don't think there's anything much else worth mentioning. At first I wasn't too impressed, the story is quite slow to build up to and it seemed a bit tacky but after a while it certainly picked up pace and it did become quite engrossing - I dare anyone to watch this and say that they didn't find at least one or two scenes to be quite engrossing. Its a pretty solid movie overall, one that doesn't fall into the category of being over two hours long with unnecessary padding mid way through, as this runs for 1 hour 45 minutes; which was plenty long enough I felt, any longer and it may well have become quite tedious, especially if the start hadn't picked up pace when it did (your left wondering when the main event in the story is going to happen).
- Would I Recommend It? -
Yes I'd recommend this movie as its quite gripping once the plot has properly developed and the story is at least somewhat original. The acting is average to good, maybe a bit run of the mill but I guess I've seen worse, overall I did enjoy watching it though and there's a plot twist which I hadn't seen coming, that I thought was good as well so overall yes I'm happy to recommend it based on this.
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I like thrillers as much as the next person, but Out of Time joins a long line of entries into the genre that strolls along quite pleasantly for the vast majority of its screentime, before falling close to the final hurdle. Out of Time is a crackling thriller that isn't exactly brilliant, but at least serviceable, which falters due to a ridiculously contrived plot twist at its close, that leaves a bad taste and makes this seem like little more than ill-concieved hokum.
Matthias Lee Whitlock (Denzel Washington) is a dedicated Chief of Police in a sleepy Florida town. He has numerous personal problems, chiefly that he still loves his wife, Alex Diaz-Whitlock (Eva Mendes), who is in the middle of getting a divorce from. He is presently in a relationship with Ann Merai Harrison (Sanaa Lathan), a terminally ill woman who is in a relationship with an abusive man, Chris Harrison (Dean Cain). However, when the two wind up dead, and Matthias has embezzled money to try and help Ann, it looks as though Whitlock might have something to do with the deaths, and so must prove his innocence before he is...out of time.
The initial idea is quite contrived in itself, given how easily Whitlock is able to steal money from an evidence locker, but it is quite fun as a rollercoaster ride of a thriller, until it reaches the final reel, where it spectacular derails due to its horrendous twist. What for the most part is an enjoyable thriller is mired by a horrendously bad twist that was undeniably for nothing other than shock and awe. Washington is a great lead as usual, and the film gives former Superman Dean Cain (in the show The Adventures of Lois and Clark) a rare juicy film role.
Denzel Washington seldom lets me down. In this movie, his appeal has once again pulled me into fandom. Although, this movie was made many years ago when he still hasn't risen to the superstar status that he is today, there was no doubt he was one of the top Hollywood actors to look out for.
Out of Time is a movie set in a steamy Banyan Keys. Denzel Washington is police chief Matthias Lee Whitlock. A brilliant law enforcer whose personal life is a far cry from his career status with the ongoing divorce with wife, Alex Diaz-Whitlock, played by Eva Mendez. However, this does not prevent Whitlock to have something on the sideline like an affair with high school sweetheart Ann Merai Harrison (Sanaa Lathan) whose husband is the abusive ex-football quarterback Chris Harrison (Dean Cain). When Whitlock learned that Ann is suffering from a terminal illness, he played hero and gave her the drug money he busted from an earlier operation to pay for the treatment.
But everything is not what it seems. Ann and her husband are killed in a fire in an apparent arson. The clock is starting to tick. Whitlock must uncover what really happened and untangle the mess that he's in before it's too late. It doesn't help that his soon-to-be ex-wife is one of the members of the investigating team assigned to solve the arson case.
This movie has a certain appeal of Wild Things where sweat and suspense come together to deliver a simple but impressive storyline. As the movie progresses you are also pulled into the situation and just when you think you got everything figured out, the whole thing turns to reverse.
With the FBI impatient to get hold of the money, Whitlock was desperate to get to the bottom of things and will do anything to recover it. Denzel pulled off the desperate and underdog character perfectly. He never falters to look harried when the scene calls for it.
The other casts like Eva Mendez whose smoking hotness is tangible beyond the screen stood out and was never overshadowed by Denzel's luster. Sanaa Lathan also delivers and Dean Cain's portrayal of a sneaky and underhanded character is outstanding.
Although, you will know that the main character will win at the end, you will want to find out how he will get out of that mess. The film's setting made it more mysterious and clever. This sure will lift up a dull night.
There are certain actors that I seem to be able to watch in just about any film. It doesn't tend to matter how good or bad the film actually is I'll still end up watching it at some point. One of those actors is Denzel Washington and so while browsing in HMV the other day I came across Out Of Time, staring Denzel. I'd never heard of it before but based on his track record of movies decided it was a safe gamble to take. So with all this in mind I sat down to watch it this weekend to see if my purchase had paid off.
Denzel stars as Matthias Whitlock, the chief of police in Banyan Key a small town in Florida. The community is one of those places where nothing major really happens so when a fire kills two people it makes for big news. To start with it seems to be quite straight forward but when Whitlock starts to put the evidence together he is in for a big shock. He finds himself involved in a race against time to cover up the evidence and find out what's going on before he himself is implicated. In a race against his own Police force and ex wife can Whitlock solve the case before he becomes a major suspect?
While I wasn't sure what to expect from this film when I put it on the DVD player I was pleasantly surprised by how good it was. It didn't seem to make it into the cinemas but the film itself is a very good thriller. The plot held my interest for the full 101 minute run time and I even found myself thinking it could have been a little longer. I felt that unlike a lot of thrillers this one had a number of new ideas that kept it fresh and interesting. The fact that it had been bought as a bit of a gamble certainly seemed to pay off.
I'd seen one of the previous efforts from director Carl Franklin, High Crimes and certainly hadn't been too impressed by it. I hadn't enjoyed his direction in that film but he seems to have improved massively for this movie. The camera work is quite fluid and all the scenes seem to flow together quite nicely. I thought that he did a good job of bringing the script to the big screen and added suspense with his choice of music and camera angles.
Of course it helps that Franklin gets the special effects right. The scenes in the hotel on the Balcony and after the fire really give the film a sense of realism and it's perhaps this that makes it far more enjoyable than Franklin's last movie. Of course the script is far better than the one in High Crimes as well, which played a huge part in how poor that movie actually was. With the writer also being the brains behind a few episodes of Family Guy it was possible that this wouldn't work but Franklin seems to have been able to make it into a very enjoyable movie.
It has helped that Franklin had a decent leading man, although that as no excuse in High Crimes with Morgan Freeman. I felt though that the lead role in this was almost written for Denzel and he takes to the role very well. The character is explored in quite a bit of detail, giving the viewer a lot of background on him and Denzel looks comfortable in this type of role. The character really suited him and in typical Denzel way he really stole the show and made the film. With this sort of film it probably wouldn't matter who was alongside him but Franklin seems to have made a few decent choices.
In Eva Mendes they have a very good choice for the leading lady. There is a bit of chemistry between her and Denzel that works well for their characters. She puts in a very solid performance and if it hadn't been Denzel opposite her I think she could have still made this a decent movie alone. The other lead female character played by Sanaa Lathan wasn't quite as comfortable or assured as Mendes but all in all she too put in a decent enough performance. The rest of the cast put in decent performances that really helped to make this a decent film and I couldn't find a single cast member to really criticise as they all did their jobs well.
Overall this is a very decent film. It didn't really seem to appear in the cinemas, which has since seeing it surprised me. It provides you with 101 minutes of enjoyable viewing and kept my attention throughout. The cast are very good and the script works quite well. Of course there are things that could have been better but they aren't really necessary as the film is good enough as it is. If you like a good thriller, with a smidgen of action then I would really recommend Out Of Time for your next visit to Blockbusters for a decent Friday or Saturday night movie.
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I dont want to spoil the story so Ill try to give as much information without giving it away. Denzel Washington plays Matthias Lee Whitlock the Police Chief in a small Florida town called Banyan Key. He is in the middle of divorcing his wife Alex whom he still loves and is having an affair with his High School sweetheart Anne who is married to a violent former football quarterback named Chris Harrison. Anne feels sorry for Chris who now works as a security guard in a local hospital so refuses to leave him even though he is violent towards her.
When Anne confides in Matt that she has terminal cancer, he secretly borrows $450,000 cash he is supposed to be keeping secure until it is sent to the FBI. He hands over the money to Anne and they arrange to meet that evening to fly to Europe where she can receive some pioneering new treatment. However, she doesnt turn up and the next morning her house is found burnt down along with two dead bodies which apparently belong to her and her husband.
Matts wife Alex turns out to be the person in charge of the investigation and as the evidence starts to come out of his involvement with Anne, he finds himself in a race against time trying to stay ahead of his wife and his own police force to retrieve the money and catch the real killer. As the plot twists and turns he discovers that the truth is something he would never have imagined.
Blurb on back cover of video
Suppose everything you knew everything you trusted became a lie. For Matt Lee Whitlock, that nightmare has become a reality. Academy Award winner Denzel Washington plays Whitlock, chief of police in small Banyan Key, Florida. Hes respected by his peers and loved by his community. But when Banyan Key is shocked by a double homicide, everything Matt Lee thought he knew starts to unravel and he finds himself in a race against time to solve the murders before he himself falls under suspicion. Matt Lee has to stay a few steps ahead of his own police force and everyone else hes trusted in order to find out the truth.
Denzel Washington: Matthias Lee Whitlock (Chief of police)
Eva Mendes: Alex Whitlock (Chief Whitlocks wife and homicide investigator)
Sanaa Lathan: Anne Harrison (Chief Whitlocks lover)
Dean Cain: Chris Harrison (Annes abusive husband/partner in crime)
John Billingsley: Chief Whitlocks friend
Others: Robert Baker, Alex Carter.
Director: Carl Franklin
Theme: Action thriller mystery
Classification: On the internet it says 15 but my video copy is a 12
Length: 101 minutes
When I first started watching this film, I thought it wasnt going to be very good. It was slow to start and I was very confused about who was who. It almost seemed like a series of random events with no discernible plot. Although some of this was due to twists which came to light later in the film, I think the beginning could have been better (not that I could do better but then Im not a film maker). However, dont be put off by this as once it picks up pace, it takes you on a complete rollercoaster ride. Sometimes you get a film like this where you know what is going to happen and whodunit. This is not one of these. As Chief Whitlock slowly unravelled the mystery so it was slowly revealed to me. Even very close to the end there was a surprising twist. Having said this, that is not to say that the twist was unbelievable. It is one of those twists where you think, Woah! I didnt see that coming but now I can see it clearly. Although there is a good finish to the main thread of the plot, the film does not (unfortunately) end there. The last few minutes after the main plot was finished were spent tying up minor subplots far too neatly and a bit too cheesy if you ask me.
Overall after a slow start, this is an excellent film with the exception of the final ending which I dont think needed to be included. Although I would watch this film again, on balance I would recommend it as a rental viewing rather than as a purchase.