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5ive Days to Midnight (2004)

Timothy Hutton , Randy Quaid , Michael W. Watkins  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Timothy Hutton, Randy Quaid, Kari Matchett, Hamish Linklater, Angus Macfadyen
  • Directors: Michael W. Watkins
  • Writers: Anthony Peckham, David Aaron Cohen, Cindy Myers, Robert Zappia
  • Producers: Anthony Peckham, Corey Sienega, David Aaron Cohen
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • DVD Release Date: October 12, 2004
  • Run Time: 255 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002S94BQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,290 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "5ive Days to Midnight" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Timothy Hutton, Randy Quaid, Nicole de Boer. A college professor's life is turned upside down when he finds a police briefcase from five days in the future. But even more shocking are its contents-a file on his own death, which he must now race against time to prevent. A stunning Sci-Fi Channel miniseries event. 2 DVDs. 2004/color/4 hrs., 15 min/NR/fullscreen.

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130 of 131 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful, Action-Packed Science Fiction Thriller March 7, 2005
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This thrilling mini-series takes off like a rocket from the very beginning, as physics professor J.T. Neumeyer wonders how and why he received a police file apparently from the future that contains gruesome details of his own demise. According to this strange file locked inside a futuristic briefcase made of myserious materials, he has just five days before his murder to figure out what's going on. The suspense increases as little by little, Neumeyer discovers that this may not be a clever hoax, but that his very life may depend on solving and somehow preventing his murder in a very short amount of time. And with such an unusual situation, it's a challenge to know who will believe him, and who to trust. Timothy Hutton and Randy Quaid and the rest of the case are excellent in this suspenseful science fiction thriller that keeps us on the edge of our seats through all 255 minutes.
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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating time travel story April 30, 2005
Format:DVD
We all know we're going to die. It's just that J. T. Neumeyer (Timothy Hutton) knows exactly the time and place of his death. Neumeyer teaches college physics. When he and his daughter Jessie visit the grave of J.T.'s wife and Jessie's mom, a strange thing happens; a futuristic brief case with J.T.'s name on it appears out of nowhere. Inside J.T. finds a case file that appears to be quite old. It's about an unsolved murder. J.T.'s murder and he has five days to find out who wants to kill him and why.

This Sci-Fi Channel original mini-series has a lot going for it; Hutton, Randy Quaid both give solid performances as does Kari Matchett. The only actors truly wasted are Giancarlo Esposito and Nicole de Boer. This TV mini-series seemed to stretch things out a bit too long. It would have worked much better as a two hour or two and a half hour TV movie. Director Michael W. Watkins uses a number of annoyingly over used techinques to create additional suspense (such as slow motion and shooting scenes at a higher speed or eliminating frames to make the motion appear choppy).

A solid TV mini-series that would have worked better if it was cut down to two hours vs. nearly four, "5ive Days to Midnight" is still worthwhile. Although there were some fairly large plot holes, they weren't as noticeable until the pacing slowed down around the third hour. Worth a rental at least.
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie but watch out for some details March 31, 2006
By Avantel
Format:DVD
This movie is good, but I sort of agree with the former review. It lasts too long. You'd better watch it by parts as it was meant originally. You might not like this one if you're from the ones who need many explanations in the movies (as I do very often). However, those missing explanations will not keep you from understanding the movie's plot. I started a discussion forum so that people can guess how they would've filled those holes.

Finally, the movie's start is nothing great by itself. Anyone who likes fantasy and thrillers might have watched similar starings as in this movie. So the filmmakers added a lot of sci-fi effects, cheap but funny ones. The moved the camera in slow motion in some scenes, in others they show a lot of weird (or artistic) scenes behind the characters like mathematical symbols, nothing really creative but pretty. But as the movie continues it gets more and more interesting.....otherwise I wouldn't have stayed for 4 or 5 hours!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth watching. June 20, 2005
Format:DVD
I've just watched this in the UK where it was shown on 2 nights and totalled 4 hours. I don't know if it was cut at all, or maybe in the US with more commercials, it would last 5 hours. I have been a fan of Timothy Hutton for 20 years and he is the reason I began watching it, but thought it was a well-paced and interesting thriller. Yes, the ending was a bit cheesy and I still want to know who would have been JT's original murderer - and why, but otherwise thoroughly enjoyed it. I particularly liked the fact that the time-travel aspect was wholly incidental - although like most, I guessed who sent the briefcase - and it was the thriller element that came to the fore.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Free will or not free will ? March 23, 2011
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This series shows how a person tries to change the course of events leading to his murder. It is quite captivating
in the beginning, as changes are made voluntarily by the hero, however towards the end a number of characters
get involved (not least of which one of his own "special" students) that muck the things up. Some threads are
left dangling, such as the fate of the bankrupt brother-in-law. The bar is set high with talk about "alternate
Universes" by the "special" student, but it is not followed through.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Passes the time on a rainy day April 9, 2010
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At the heart of this mini-series is a good SF idea about whether knowledge of the future enables you to change it.

There are good performances from Randy Quaid, a Kari Matchett, and Gage Golightly but the story depends on us caring whether Timothy Hutton makes it past the hour appointed for his death and Hutton doesn't build any empathy for his character. Partly this is poor writing and partly it is just lack of charisma.

The series splits into days and each of the 5 is written by a different writer and it showed. This approach my help keep long running series fresh but it loses the continuity and consistency needed for a mini-series.

The story also backs off the physics at the end, making the whole thing into more of a Disney Channel cop show than a good SF story. I expected a more competent job from a director with Michael Watkins' background.

If you decide to watch this, then rent, don't buy
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating.
This is a thrill ride to the end. Plenty of twists. Don't know if it's really science fiction. Sort of a mix of crime drama and 'Back to the Future.'
Published 2 months ago by Jim Fenn
5.0 out of 5 stars Finding out you are to die in five days.
That's the plot, information from the future... a man finds out that he is to die in five days. Everything he has tried to stop it does not alter what has transpired during those... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Gweman
1.0 out of 5 stars 5 days no good.
er can do without thesa type of movie Bad taste and acting hjere no mor please. pIC K SOME BOOK WITH SUSPENSE IN IT AN YOU WIOLL DO OKAY.
Published 3 months ago by Mark P. Dawson
5.0 out of 5 stars Movie
This was a great movie! Well worth the price. Great casting and acting. Great combination of physics and life. OK
Published 6 months ago by Leon Combs
5.0 out of 5 stars Tense Miniseries
Timothy Hutton and a fine cast give us an interesting four episode (44 minutes each) mystery drama in which the 'murder is announced' five days previous to its occurrence. Read more
Published 7 months ago by drkhimxz
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
was very happy with its condition and how well it plays and am happy to have it again this time on dvd
Published 9 months ago by christina stout
3.0 out of 5 stars So so
Repetition on a similar theme. Not an outstanding movie. I had taken it to a second hand bookstore rather quickly.
Published 10 months ago by customsat
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie.
Excellent movie, action and suspense. Good movie about travel in time. I will expect for a second movie about this.
Published 12 months ago by Manuel Ruiz Mendez
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 days to midnight
It was a very interesting movie it kept you sitting on the edge of your seat. You never knew what to expect.
Published 13 months ago by shimi1
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected
Timothy Hutton's performance makes this miniseries. For a time travel movie, the plot was plausible with few logic disconnects. Value for the money.
Published 15 months ago by Richmond Barbie Girl
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