Nick of Time
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They choose Gene, approaching him and identifying themselves as cops, they take him and his daughter off in an official looking van. Holding his daughter ransom and threatening to kill her, they send Gene off to a hotel to kill the woman they gave him a picture of. The woman turns out to be the Governor, and Mr. Smith is watching every move Gene makes.
Gene only has an hour and a half to complete his mission, one that he doesn't wish to carry out but cannot figure out how to keep his daughter from harm any other way. Every time Gene attempts to find someone to help him, Mr. Smith is there with his guns and threats. To make matters worse, Gene soon finds out the Smith and Jones are not the only ones in on the plot, and that finding someone to listen to him is going to be a more difficult task than simply pulling the trigger.
'Nick Of Time' is a highly suspenseful movie, some of its plots and intrigues a bit far-fetched, but nonetheless worth your time and money to watch, particularly if you are a fan of Depp or Walken. Both are great in their roles, as is Roma Maffia and Charles Dutton as the shoeshine man.
I could feel myself wanting to bite the face off of Walkin's character, feeling the flesh and gristle grinding under my teeth, and wanted to slap some sense into those who turned their heads away from helping Gene. Walken plays a great bad guy, and Depp plays a great innocent, making this intense thriller a pleasure to watch. Enjoy!
I am not convinced that the ambitious concept of real time played out too well, but with this much talent on board it still holds it own. A throwback to the Hitchcock everyman thrillers of years ago, Depp plays his character well and you always believe he is just an ordinary man in an unbelievable situation rather than an action hero in the making while Walken does what he does best and plays the villain well.
You'll be on the edge of your seat until the denouement when you find stuff out at the same time as Depp. Part of the conspiratorial stuff is a little feeble and perhaps could have been skipped without a dent in the script, but thankfully it doesn't dilute the tension around the chemistry of Depp and Walken.
Not a classic thriller but quite an original theme with crafty intrigue. Highly recommended for people with a flavour for action and suspense.
John Badham is yet another of those directors you alternately want to embrace and pummel. Originally a stock director on Rod Serling's wonderful series Night Gallery (and responsible for that show's most genuinely chilling episode, "Green Fingers"), Badham went onto one of those painfully inconsistent movie careers that make one wonder whether the hits are talent or luck. Is the guy who directed Saturday Night Fever and Wargames really the same person responsible for Stakeout (and, worse, its sequel), Short Circuit, and the stultifyingly bad made-for-TV flick Brother's Keeper? So one never knows what one is going to come up with when encountering a Badham film.
Nick of Time falls halfway between, but nudging onto the good side. Much of this has to do with Johnny Depp and Christopher Walken in the main roles, with support from an astonishingly fine cast of minor characters (Charles S. Dutton, Marsha Mason, Gloria Reuben, Peter Strauss, Roma Maffia, and many more). In this episode of "generic thriller," Walken (with Maffia as an accomplice) have kidnapped Depp's daughter, and in order to get her back, they want a favor: kill the governor of California (Mason), who's on the campaign trail for re-election. Depp has ninety minutes to do so, and Walken is usually standing over his shoulder trying to figure out why the guy's so blessedly incompetent.
While this is not one of either Depp or Walken's more outstanding performances, both are quite capable in their roles. The plot is good, if brainless, and the pace is well done. There's really nothing bad to be said about this film, although there's nothing that makes it stand out from the crop, either. A good way to spend a couple of brainless hours. ** ½
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great movie. Seen it once, a long time ago and I remember it often so I finally purchased it..Published 3 days ago by Pedro Gonzalez
This is the only johnny depp film i have watched all the way through. It is in my collection. He gives a good, solid performance. Read morePublished 1 month ago by wayne j. kozak
Ridiculous movie...bad acting and well worn plot. Predicible ending.Published 5 months ago by Anne S
A stranger pulled into a deadly scheme races against time to save his daughter in this thriller. Read more
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