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Ticking Clock (2011)

Cuba Gooding Jr  |  R |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Cuba Gooding Jr
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English, French, Korean, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 4, 2011
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0048LVDIU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,649 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Academy Award® winner Cuba Gooding, Jr. (1996, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Jerry Maguire) stars as Lewis Hicks, a crime journalist specializing in brutal murders. When he discovers the mutilated body of his new girlfriend and comes into the possession of a gruesome journal revealing the serial killer’s intended victims, he must find a way to prevent the horrific slayings before time runs out in this taut, psychological thriller in the tradition of Silence of the Lambs and Se7en.

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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
An investigative reporter (Gooding) comes home to find his girlfriend brutally murdered and chases the killer (McDonough). After finding a diary with names and dates of future murders he tries to stop them. Most of the time B movies like this one are boring and drag on and on to a lame conclusion. This one is a rare exception. This movie had me rivited and second guessing myself all over the place. A very original movie that has a huge twist in it that could have ruined it, but was done so well that it actually helped make the movie better then I was expecting. Very tense in some parts and will keep you hooked until the final frame. A MUST SEE, even for non horror fans. A very original, surprising and enjoyable experience.I give it an A-
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20 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Oscar-winner Cuba Gooding, Jr. has had one of the strangest acting careers in a long time. Ever since he won at the Academy for his performance as Rod Tidwell in 'Jerry Maguire,' he has been caught in a sort of downward spiral. This has sent the once-promising actor deep into the realm of straight-to-video nonsense, like his previous films 'The Devil's Tomb' and 'The Way of War.' Why he's been doing this is a mystery. No talent agent is bad enough to actually think these scripts are worth while or think they're anything more than a guaranteed failure. Maybe it's bad luck, maybe it's laziness, maybe Cuba just doesn't want the spotlight he deserves.

Whatever the reason for his failing success, it has led him straight to 'Ticking Clock.' In it, he plays Lewis Hicks, a journalist who gets put on the trail of a sadistic serial killer after his own girlfriend is viciously murdered. With the killer's journal in hand, Lewis must race against time to rescue the murderer's next victims. As the path begins to weave its way around and to a young orphan boy, Lewis begins to discover a deeper mystery surrounding the murders.

In the crime-thriller subgenre, there are really only a few good ways to go about writing a story. One maintains consant mystery, concealing the identity of the killer until a final reveal that should be a shock to the audience. The other is to reveal the killer from the start and use his intentions and motivation as the mystery. With 'Ticking Clock,' however, both approaches are mostly thrown out, revealing the killer's identity, his motive, and everything else pretty much immediately. This is a problem because the mystery is what is usually keeps a viewer watching in a film like this. If you don't have it, the audience just won't care.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars GOOD STORY, POOR ADAPTATION February 20, 2011
The movie starts off with a killing of a woman that takes place 12 years ago. An infant is told by the killer that his mother will never harm him again, although the kid seemed fine. 12 years later another murder occurs of a woman who is an assistant DA. She is also the gf of Cuba Goodling (Lewis Hicks) an investigative crime journalist who is separated from his wife (6 months) and he likes his liquor.

Lewis comes into the home of his gf in time to see the killer. He tracks the killer down and fights with him. (He does this several times in the movie and the killer tosses him around like a rag doll.) The killer drops a book with dossiers on everyone who he plans to kill, how he will do it, and the date he will do it. Lewis copies down the names, fails to turn the book over to the police, and then the killer comes and gets the book back.

The killer seems to vanish into thin air at times. Lewis turns and he is gone. He has the DNA and fingerprint of the killer too. Since he knows who is going to get killed next, he shows up just in time to be the prime suspect- no surprise there.

The movie does have a twist that didn't seem to fit well into the genre of the film. You should have it all figured out by the zoo scene except for whatever they plan to do to end it. The dialouge was weak and not entertaining. The 12 year old boy was perhaps the most interesting character and he didn't say much.

It is not Silence of the Lambs light. No sex. No nudity. Occasional f-bomb. The movie shows people cut up and dissected, but not the dissection itself, a sophisticated slasher movie.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I really like Cuba Gooding Jr and he did not disappoint in this somewhat sci-fi suspense film. Neither did Neal McDonough who was fantastic.

McDonough is a serial killer who keeps a diary of the murders he has committed and will commit. Cuba Gooding Jr. plays Lewis Hicks, an investigative reporter chasing the killer after his girlfriend is brutally murdered and he sees the killer vanish into thin air. One of the local cops assigned to the case has an axe to grind against Hicks since he was portrayed poorly in one of Hicks' previous stories. So Hicks becomes a suspect early on, which is pretty easy to see since it's hard to believe in a killer who vanishes.

Hicks finds the killer's diary and decides to try to catch him himself, implicating himself further in the process. He meets a boy at an orphanage who he realizes is the key to discovering the killer's identity, although he isn't sure how the pieces fit. Then the movie takes a twist which I found interesting.

I found the acting great, the plot interesting, the suspense and action enjoyable, and I plan on watching it again but with my boys this time. Some violence, no sex scenes, not much swearing -- decent enough family movie, I think.
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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome movie
this movie was great action pack mystery all that I love any way thank you for my DVD it arrived on time and just as described
Published 8 months ago by nancy
5.0 out of 5 stars You can put Cub Gooding, Jr. up there with Denzel Washington and...
Cuba Gooding, Jr. is getting better with age. He is versitile, diverse, can go back and forth between comedy and drama, and history. I am enjoying his transition.
Published 10 months ago by Janice Williams
1.0 out of 5 stars A DISASTER
The only reason I purchased this movie is because my son had a role in it. But, it was one of the worse movies I have seen in a long time. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Gail Rhodes
5.0 out of 5 stars You gotta love Neal McDonough
I really enjoyed this move despite the subject of time travel. Let's face it, time travel and logic just don't mix when making a movie. Read more
Published on October 3, 2012 by Music Lover in Omaha
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Ticking Clock.
This was a very good murder mystery that keeps you on the edge of your seat! Cuba Gooding gives and outstanding performance as usual! Read more
Published on April 22, 2012 by Ronald W. Mayhew
3.0 out of 5 stars Tick Tock
Neal McDonough is actually a super-smart psychopath from 2032 who builds a time machine and uses it to kill everyone who did him wrong during his youth. Read more
Published on February 7, 2012 by JJ
4.0 out of 5 stars a weird crime drama... weirdest one ever in fact!
Ticking Clock begins like any ordinary crime/drama involving an investigator working the late night hours searching for a killer roaming the streets of a suburban area... Read more
Published on December 28, 2011 by B. E Jackson
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than I thought it would be
This movie was way better than I expected it would be. It had an surprising twist at the end end though I personally didn't like the sci-fi ending. Read more
Published on December 2, 2011 by Ne-Ne Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Unannounced SciFi Story (time travel)
Fascinating mystery - crime story, that develops step by step, and only towards the end shows its true nature. Neat twists. Read more
Published on August 28, 2011 by Heinz Gf Matuschka
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
This movies is very interesting, the scenario is surprising. I very appreciate thhe actor's role particulary Cuba Gooding Jr. I don't regret my purchase
Published on February 22, 2011 by Philippe Lawson Tevi Sena
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