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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A terrific Hitchcockian thriller!
This is probably the most Hitchcockian thriller to come down the pike in a decade or so. You have the flawed man unjustly accused. You have a femme fatale who may or may not be dead. Thorny relationships with women. Atmosphere by the bucketload. Sexy, slightly violent, a tad morbid, bundles of wit and humor.
This was a sadly ignored film during its' theatrical run...
Published on January 19, 2004 by M J Heilbron Jr.

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars GOOD FLORIDA NOIR FROM WASHINGTON AND CO.
"Out of Time" is the story of Banyan Keys chief of police Whitlock (Denzel Washington), a man in the middle of a divorce he does not want. Whitlock turns to his old high-school sweetheart, Ann Harrison (Sanaa Lathan) for solace, only to learn that she has terminal cancer and cannot afford the alternative treatment that might be her only hope. Whitlock can't...
Published on May 9, 2004 by K. Jump


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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars GOOD FLORIDA NOIR FROM WASHINGTON AND CO., May 9, 2004
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K. Jump (Corbin, KY United States) - See all my reviews
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"Out of Time" is the story of Banyan Keys chief of police Whitlock (Denzel Washington), a man in the middle of a divorce he does not want. Whitlock turns to his old high-school sweetheart, Ann Harrison (Sanaa Lathan) for solace, only to learn that she has terminal cancer and cannot afford the alternative treatment that might be her only hope. Whitlock can't just watch Ann die, so he steals a large chunk of money he bagged in a drug bust from his own department and lets her have it. But then Ann and her abusive husband Chris (Dean Cain)go up in smoke in an apparent arson, triggering a legal fallout that leaves Whitlock struggling to tie up all the loose ends as his life unravels around him.
"Out of Time" is a somewhat formulaic but still successful mystery/suspenser that slowly pulls the viewer into the web along with Chief Whitlock until there's no escape. Fans of this kind of movie will see a lot of familiar set-ups and plot devices, but the strong cast makes the story work as a whole even if you think you've got it all figured out. Washington's hapless cop is unfailingly appealing, even if he is guilty of some terrible lapses in judgment (but then aren't we all from time to time?). Cain and Lathan likewise do well with their roles, and Eva Mendes is a standout as Whitlock's estranged wife, a homicide detective in her own right who slowly discovers more than she wants to about her husband's role in the Harrison case. Will Whitlock be able to put the puzzle together in time to save his skin from a looming murder rap? And will Mendes help pull him out of the fire, or push him all the way under? You can't stop watching til you know the answers.
The film's seedy, noirish atmosphere is a great plus as well, and if it's not original "Out of Time" is still entertaining. Overall it's worth 3.5 stars, and certainly a movie you want to watch at least once if you like mystery or suspense films. Like many of its kind, however, it may not hold up to multiple viewings once you've learned the secrets, so it may be one to rent rather than buy. Either way, it's a great way to energize a lazy evening.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A terrific Hitchcockian thriller!, January 19, 2004
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M J Heilbron Jr. "Dr. Mo" (Long Beach, CA United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Out of Time (DVD)
This is probably the most Hitchcockian thriller to come down the pike in a decade or so. You have the flawed man unjustly accused. You have a femme fatale who may or may not be dead. Thorny relationships with women. Atmosphere by the bucketload. Sexy, slightly violent, a tad morbid, bundles of wit and humor.
This was a sadly ignored film during its' theatrical run. Denzel does his canon proud with another strong performance. While it's not flashy or subtle, it's exactly what the film demands. It fits.
The women are, putting it bluntly, absolutely smoking hot. Eva Mendes and Sanaa Lathan are fine actresses, and do nice work here. But in often skimpy clothes in that Miami wet heat, they could recite the phone book and most males would be entranced.
Dean Cain is terrific as "the bad guy". His scenes with Denzel show him stepping up to the plate admirably. You'd expect Washington to blow him off the screen...and he doesn't. At all.
The screenplay has some nice twists and turns. A veteran moviegoer will recognize or anticipate a few of them, but I guarantee there will be several scenes or lines that'll raise everyone's eyebrows. It's not perfect; there are some clunky lines sprinkled here and there.
Carl Franklin is a talented director, no question, and this simply will add to his reputation. Again, not flashy, but this story will perfectly told.
A special mention is necessary on behalf of John Billingsley. This movie will have people sitting up saying, "who IS this guy?" He's an absolute laugh riot. Every time he's on the screen he's hysterical. His lines have the same improvisatory feel that Bill Murray's did in "Tootsie" (which most were, apparently).
This is a perfect movie for adults interested in an awesome crime thriller.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Check this one out!!!, April 15, 2004
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I really enjoyed this movie! There was thrill, suspense, romance, and excitement. I would recommend this movie to any movie lover. Denzel, Sanaa, Eva, and Dean were all HOT in this movie! I loved the whole story line. There were a few parts that may be too explicit for young children, so beware parents!!! I have seen this movie on several occasions and it is like the very first time everytime I see it. This one is a classic, it should be a new addition to everyone's movie collection. I suggest this movie to anyone, especially Denzel lovers, he looked great in this one LADIES!!! Trust me! Check it out for yourself I'd like to hear what anyone has to say about it!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Thriller. Not Washington's Best, but taut drama, August 30, 2004
This review is from: Out of Time (DVD)
`Out of Time', a Denzel Washington thriller showcase directed by Carl Franklin is an object lesson in how to put a character into a bad situation, then turn up the heat until it seems he cannot escape his predicament, and he feels the pressure all the more so because it was created to a great extent through his own mistakes. It is easy to put heroic people into desperate situations, subject to terror and the brink of death, yet their entire predicament is for a just cause. The feeling you have, for example, for Frodo and Samwise on the slopes of Mount Doom surrounded by lava is quite different from the feelings you have for Washington's character. This is true not the least because it is so much easier to associate with a person bound in a web of his own mistakes than it is with a hobbit bound in the web of a giant spider.

This is the stuff that tragedies are made from, except that instead of being destroyed by the situation of his own making; the hero does manage to make it out in the nick of time. The best part of his ultimate liberation is that it is brought about by the help of a very good friend who covers for him on two critical points in the story without even being asked and with an assist from his estranged wife who also happens to be a police officer working on the case which drives the plot.

Washington is the chief of police for a small town on a small Florida key island, very similar to his role in his earlier movie `The Mighty Quinn'. His recently separated wife is a homicide lieutenant in some much larger, overlapping jurisdiction, possibly the Miami / Dade police force. Washington's best friend is the local medical examiner. In the opening of the movie, it is revealed that Washington is having an affair with an extremely attractive local dental technician married to a former NFL football player who is currently employed as a security guard at the local hospital. It is also revealed that Washington has about 450 thousand dollars in cash in his office safe confiscated from a recent drug bust.

The main action of the story is set in motion when Washington's mistress talks Washington to accompany her to her oncologist who reveals that an earlier malignancy has reoccurred and is in an incurable state. After the expected distress, compounded by what is believed to is an abusive husband, the woman signs a 1 million-dollar life insurance policy over to Washington as beneficiary. Washington, thinking the drug money will be tied up in court procedures for months, turns it over to his girlfriend in order to get expensive experimental treatment for cancer. Shortly thereafter, bodies of girlfriend and husband are found in the ruins of their house set on fire by arson shortly after a witness sees Washington running away from the victims' house.

All this easily adds up to evidence against Washington, giving him clear means, motive, and opportunity. The pressure mounts as Washington's wife is assigned the case and sets up shop in the town's little police station, right outside Washington's office. The pressure gets turned up as the head of the Miami DEA office calls Washington for the drug money and wants it `yesterday'. So, the second act is largely Washington desperately working at staying one step ahead of both his wife and the DEA.

The average viewer will figure out part of the mystery with little trouble, but I won't spoil the fun by revealing it here. The full story, however, is not revealed until the very end. And, the construction of the problem for Washington and his being able to resolve it at the very last minute makes great entertainment spiced up by the very believable situation. There is an almost dreamlike quality to Washington's predicament. No matter what he does, things just seem to get worse, without quite catching up to him.

The resolution between Washington and his wife after the case is closed seems a bit improbable, but I can live with that. This is by far the most excitement I have experienced with a PG-13 movie in quite a long time. The writers were even able to keep the body count down, limited to the immediate perps of the crime.

Highly recommended for all with reasonably good nerves.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's Hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk!, October 7, 2003
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MICHAEL ACUNA (Southern California United States) - See all my reviews
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Director Carl Franklin's heroes (or heroines, as in Ashley Judd in "High Crimes") are caught up in situations beyond their control. They are good guys involved in bad, bad stuff: they do things that normal good guys wouldn't do but through circumstances, sometimes within their control, they commit crimes.
Denzel Washington is the ultimate Franklin hero: good looking, sexually charged and forthright, capable through his own personal charisma, to illicit confidence in an audience: we like him, we trust him, we know he will figure it out and do the right thing. Washington plays a small Florida town police chief, Matt Whitlock a man with a soon-to-be ex wife, Alex (Eva Mendes) and a girlfriend (Sanaa Lathan) who is married to ex-football jock, Chris Harrison (Dean Cain). From the outset of "Out of Time" you know, because of this quartet of characters and their intimate relationships that there is going to be trouble. And there is, of course...lots of it.
Washington and Lathan are dynamite together: the sparks fly when they are on screen together but Washington and Mendes doesn't really work. Mendes' reading of her lines is flat and without irony and because she has lots to do here, as opposed to being merely window dressing in "Fast and Furious 2," the tension lags when she is around. Dean Cain on the other hand, working against type here, is first rate: his patented good looks have been beat up a little what with his goatee and unkempt hair. Nonetheless, his scenes with Washington sizzle with brute strength and machismo and even when he tries to pull off some charm by smiling that heartbreaking smile of his, it doesn't work as befits his smarmy character.
"Out of Time" is quite beautiful to look at: with the deep blues, yellows and reds of the Florida landscape jumping off the screen and the humidity, suffocating in its omnipresence, drawing us in and making us sweat.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GUARDIAN ANGELS WATCHING OVER DENZEL, August 18, 2004
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OUT OF TIME is slick, convoluted, at times implausible, but because of the sincerity and punch of Carl Franklin's direction and the good performances, it's a good and enjoyable film. It seems like there are guardian angels watching over Denzel Washington in this one! Every time it looks like he's going to get caught, something happens that gets him off the hook. Clever, if improbable. Without rehashing the plot, it is to Denzel's credit that he makes Matthias Whitlock and engaging hero. He's duped big time by his girl friend, played sexily by the lovely Sanaa Latham and her husband, Dean Cain in one of his more convincing performances. His estranged wife played with gusto by Eva Mendes gets into the scenario, and so does Denzel's drinking buddy, played by John Billingsley, who manages to steal every scene he's in.

Although slow in the beginning, once the pace picks up, we get some tense action scenes.

Not one of Denzel's best, but thanks to he and Billingsley, you'll have a good time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars (In Fact 3.5)"No Way Out"in Florida: Pretty Entertaining, May 1, 2004
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Tsuyoshi (Kyoto, Japan) - See all my reviews
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In fact, there is nothing wrong with the thriller "Out of Time" even though you can tell the truths behind the conspiracy from the beginning. It is pure entertainment with no particular social message (and that's not a bad thing to me), supported by good acting all around and the humid atomosphere of Florida.
The story reminds you of Kevin Costner thriller "No Way Out," but Denzel Washington's character, police chief Matt Lee Whitlock is more convincing than the other. He just wants to do his jobs well and have some happy time with his love Ann, though he knows he cannot forget his (now estranged) wife (and homicide detective) Alex played by Eva Mendes.
Then, a murder happens in his town. Matt starts to investigate the case, but somehow every evidence points to the most unexpected person -- himself! While dodging the investigations from his suspecting wife and unfriendly FBI guys, Matt almost single-handedly has to find out the truths behind the complicated case.
The script by David Collard (for the first time for feature film) has nothing special in it, but director Carl Franklin helms the film with assured hand, and seldom stops the motion. The suspence is created tactfully, but if you are a kind of person who does not believe in the police chief (who should be wise enough) relying on the incredible ruses, well, then, Denzel Washington would make you do with his good acting, as usual. (Of course, that does not mean this is his best, though.)
Other actors are also good; ever-gorgeous Eva Mendes is much better here (than in "2 Fast 2 Furious"), as a credible and energetic detective, and Dean Cain also gives us surprisingly good acting as a bullying husband (though his fans may not like it). The best prize, however, goes to John Billingsley, who plays the coroner (and the only ally to Denzel Washington), whose disarming humor is another added charm to the otherwise ordinary sketches of characters.
"Out Of Time" is a pure entertainment, and pretty good at that. There are many big plot holes here, but you may forget and forgive them because of the thrill you get ... well, almost.
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20 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Out of Time - A fairly good suspense/thriller film!, January 20, 2004
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K. Wyatt "ssintrepid" (Cape Girardeau, MO United States) - See all my reviews
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"Out of Time" is a great movie and truthfully, it is a very rare case that Denzel Washington picks a bad script. The only reason I took one star off of this movie is the predictability of the overall plot. Despite that predictability, "Out of Time" is a movie that is well worth your time for the intensity of the suspense factor alone; is he guilty, will he be found out; which way is this going to go, are just some of the things that goes through your mind when watching this wonderful film that is well worth taking the time to watch and enjoy!
Denzel Washington performs brilliantly in this film, as he does with every film he shows up in. This is probably the first film I've watched that had Dean Cain in it and for the role he's in, he does a very good job. I believe the only other film that I've seen Eva Mendes in is "Training Day," another exceptional Denzel Washington film, and her performance was dead on the mark for the role in which she plays. Another newcomer, Sanaa Lathan, an actress whose work I've never seen before, proves with this movie that she's one to look out for in future films. For "Star Trek Enterprise" fans, John Billingsley shows up in this film and performs quite well, in a role that seems extremely befitting for his personality.
This is the first film that I've watched with Carl Franklin as the director and I would definitely have to say that I was impressed with the film, despite the predictability factor and any future work by this director should be looked forward to. The score works perfectly for the film, greatly enhancing the dramatic feel of this thriller.
The Premise:
Welcome to small town America, Banyan Key, Florida where Police Chief Matt Lee Whitlock (Denzel Washington) finds himself in a sordid relationship with Ann Harrison (Sanaa Lathan), who just happens to be "married" to Chris Harrison (Dean Cain). The intensity of the film heats up pretty soon as there is what "appears" to be a murder and the most likely murderer seems to be the chief of police himself...
What follows from there is a film that is somewhat predictable but still quite intense and enjoyable as you follow Denzel Washington's character going through the motions caused by the situation he's found himself in.
I would definitely recommend this film to any and all who are fans of fairly well scripted, suspenseful thrillers and for the fact that one of Hollywood's best actors in Denzel Washington is in the lead role. {ssintrepid}
Special Features:
-Audio Commentary by Director Carl Franklin
-"Out of Time: Crime Scene" Featurette
-Character Profiles
-Outtakes
-Screen Tests: Sanaa Lathan & Dean Cain
-Photo Gallery
_Original Theatrical Trailer
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20 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not worthy of Denzel's presence, October 12, 2003
"Out of Time" is a nice little exercise of the crackerjack plot, an entirely forgettable wrong-guy-accused yarn fit for its day in court some HBO Saturday night. But what is it doing as a big budget thriller? And what is Denzel Washington doing within 100 yards of it?
Not that Washington, now with two Oscars, hasn't slummed before - "Fallen" and "John Q" come to mind - but Dave Collard's script is too thin and Carl Franklin's direction too hurried for the movie to be anything more than a passing thought. And the casting is something else: Washington is forced to play love interest to Sanaa Lathan and Eva Mendes, women 17 and 20 years his junior. Washington has impressive range, but who knew the Ralph Macchio role was part of it?
The plot in a quickie: Washington is Matt Whitlock, a newly separated, small-town Florida cop in an affair with his high school sweetheart Anne Marei (Lathan) whose abusive husband (Dean Cain) is a former quarterback out of cash. During one afternoon tryst, Anne Marei takes Matt to the doctor with her, where he learns she has terminal cancer. After some stomach churning, Matt steals a half-million in confiscated drug money to help her pay for the alternative treatment in Switzerland.
The night she's to pick it up, she doesn't show. The next morning her house has burned down. And Matt's slated as beneficiary to her life insurance policy. Another complication: Matt's soon-to-be-ex-wife, Alex (Mendes), is the lead homicide detective on the case.
"Out of Time" then shifts into a game of Matt eliminating clues that point to his guilt, tracking the source of the setup - a shiny nickel if you can guess that one - and taking an afternoon siesta to reminisce with Alex. Franklin zips through the material in an attempt to gloss over a criminal plan that not only doesn't hold up but never made sense in the first place.
In what is essentially an asexual role, Washington generates no heat with Mendes or Lathan. Mendes is naturally likable and good-looking in a Jennifer Lopez kind of way, but Alex and Matt's marriage is built on moviesphere, nothing more.
Beyond that, when it is ever good to take the smartest guy in the picture and figure him for a mark? If that actor is, say, Nicolas Cage, who can play loose and goose, that one's thing. But Washington sweats smarts, and while "Out of Time" shows Matt as light on his feet, it first must establish him as a dope - and a heel.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Denzel scores big in this steamy thriller, June 26, 2010
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Yes, the plot is farfetched and a police chief cannot possibly be gullible enough to steal drug money to fund a girlfriend's operation in this diverting south Florida film noir thriller. To make matters worse, Denzel Washington's estranged wife, the beautiful Eva Mendez, is assigned to investigate the disappearance of the confiscated drug money. As fate would have it, the feds pay a visit to Washington and demand the drug profits that already went up in smoke, literally, along with Washington's girlfriend, the wife of one of his officers. Naturally, Washington winds up on the run, hunting down insurance claims and trying to piece together what happened and to make sense of the mess he got himself into. There are some good action sequences and a nice feeling for the humid south Florida communities reminiscent of "Body Heat" and "China Moon".
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