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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 (56 customer reviews)

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  • 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: Multiple Formats, 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 (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002S94BQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,901 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "5ive Days to Midnight" on IMDb

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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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134 of 135 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful, Action-Packed Science Fiction Thriller March 7, 2005
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating time travel story April 30, 2005
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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44 of 45 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
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
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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5 of 5 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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Riveting sci-fi thriller January 4, 2005
I have no idea what the confusion is. There are basically 5 days to the plot, unfolding sequentially with a title plate to mark each new day. It aired on Cable in two parts of about 1h 30min each. You can watch it straight through on DVD. The story is compelling, piques your curiosity, sorta like '24', but the sci-fi premise is background to a good psychological thriller.

The story is about a Physics professor, Dr. J.T. Neurameyer (Timothy Hutton), who mysteriously finds a briefcase at his dead wife's grave with "Dr J.T. Neurameyer" on it (his little daughter also has these initials), which has appeared out of a rent in the fabric of spacetime, from the future, and contains a police file on his murder 5 days from now, by gunshot square in the head, with other cuttings of events taking place.

He sets out to investigate, try and change the course of events and rescue people from events that are slated to take place, and he succeeds after a fashion, but altering events brings with it a whole new unpredictable set of consequences, for good or bad, which no one is quite sure of. Compelling, from beginning to end. The characters surely have free will and the ability to change their destiny.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Movie Review! - (...) - @tss5078
Professor J.T. Neumeyer (Timothy Hutton) and his daughter have never fully recovered from the loss of their wife/mother, but try to live a simple life of solitude in suburban... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Todd Smith
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Published 1 month ago by REBECCA KIRKLAND
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Worthwhile and well done.
Published 1 month ago by Daniel Barber
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
We thought this was a great mini series. Acting and plot were above average
Published 1 month ago by Stan Martin
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
It was alright.
Published 2 months ago by Susan Emerson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It was an excellent dvd series set, great shape, and very fast shipping! Thanks!!!
Published 3 months ago by Richard Deibner
4.0 out of 5 stars Try to figure this one out?
Fantastic Surprise!!! This was truly a refreshing twist on a sci-fi murder mystery. In this movie you know what is going to happen and to who. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kenneth Harrigan
4.0 out of 5 stars good show
always wonder why these good shows are cancelled and replaced with guys hunting bigfoot or alligators in a swamp it just me or are we falling that far in stupidity? Read more
Published 5 months ago by jewellery addict
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 8 months ago by Jim Fenn
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