OUT OF TIME

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Release Date: October 03, 2003

Starring: Denzel Washington, Sanaa
Lathan, Dean Cain, Eva Mendes,
and Alex Carter

Genre: Police Thriller

Audience: Teenagers and adults REVIEWER:
Joe Kalcso OUT OF TIME is a
familiar formula crime
thriller with a plot vaguely
reminiscent of the 1987 screen
hit NO WAY OUT starring Kevin
Costner and Gene Hackman.
Although not nearly as
polished and intricate, and
despite its various blemishes
and occasional plot holes, it
works with surprising
precision and entertaining
appeal to the great delight of
its audience. Matt Lee
Whitlock (Denzel Washington)
is the earring-clad Chief of
Police in Banyan Key, Florida.
Basking in the limelight of a
well-publicized drug bust with
the seizure of a major drug
cache and a large sum of
money, everything seems to be
falling into place in his
career, but his marriage is on
the verge of collapse.
Actually, the Whitlocks have
separated, and the Chief has
found consolation in an
illicit romance with another
married woman, the sultry Anne
Harrison (played by Sanaa
Lathan). In a small community
such as Banyan Key, everybody
is bound to know each other,
including Whitlock and Anne's
husband, Chris Harrison (Dean
Cain). From the beginning, the
two make it quite obvious that
they don't like each other -
to put it mildly, especially
when they both know who is
cheating with whom. This
thorny, steamy state of
affairs is complicated even
further when Anne finds out
that she has terminal cancer
and has only a few months to
live. On the other hand, she
has also discovered that her
life insurance policy is not
for $100,000 dollars as she
had previously thought, but a
cool million. Unfortunately, a
technical glitch in the
paperwork prevents her from
cashing in a portion of the
money to get an expensive
cancer treatment in
Switzerland that may save her
life. In an impulsive act of
compassion, and against his
better judgment, Whitlock
decides to take the money from
the drug bust and give it to
Anne for her treatment. As
they say, no good deed goes
unpunished, even if it means
breaking the law. No sooner
has the Chief gotten hold of
the confiscated money that the
Good Samaritan plan goes
seriously awry. Whitlock finds
himself desperately trying to
extricate himself from
suspicion in a long list of
crimes including obstruction
of justice, tampering with
evidence, and a couple counts
of murder. Time is rapidly
running out as the Chief
frantically stays one step
ahead of the investigation
conducted by his very own
cops, the DEA, and even his
beautiful wife detective Alex
Diaz-Whitlock (Eva Mendes) as
the clock ticks down to the
surprising conclusion. Denzel
Washington has come to be one
of Hollywood's premier stars.
Once again he convincingly
demonstrates his star
qualities in OUT OF TIME.
Without a particularly long,
or well-known list of credits,
and by following the plain
style of some of his earlier
works such as ONE TRUE THING,
Carl Franklin manages once
again to find success in
simplicity. The plot moves
along smoothly, and all the
elements necessary for a
successful film made by the
numbers are executed almost
flawlessly. Add some well
timed, truly funny, comedic
relief, a few sharp, witty
lines, some politically
correct social observations,
and a very good cast of
characters, and voila, you
have a cinematic hit. OUT OF
TIME is certainly not Oscar
material, but a popular hit it
should be. There were a few
rough spots here and there,
and even an occasional lack of
concentration by Franklin that
could have had the potential
to give the plot away, but if
a formula ever performed the
function it was intended for,
it is with OUT OF TIME. Sanaa
Lathan, Eva Mendes, and Dean
Cain make up a fitting
supporting cast, and the
Florida locations fortunately
give moviegoers an updated,
interesting look, while shying
away from the worn "In the
Heat of the Night" mood
normally associated with crime
thrillers in a Southern
setting. The very regrettably
downside for OUT OF TIME is
that the filmmakers have
included plenty of foul
language, and for a movie
carrying a PG-13 rating, the
director still saw the need to
include a couple totally
unnecessary sex scenes. The
movie makes light of having an
adulterous relationship and
contains a conflicted hero,
further marring this otherwise
acceptable, enjoyable
thriller. OUT OF TIME deserves
extreme caution for moral
viewers. Please address your
comments to: Alex Yemenidjian,
CEO MGM/UA 2500 Broadway
Street Santa Monica, CA
90404-3061 Phone: (310)
449-3000

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 114 minutes

Distributor: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures

Director: Carl Franklin EXECUTIVE
PRODUCERS: Kevin Reidy, Jon
Berg, Damien Saccani, and Alex
Gartner

Executive Producer:

Producer: Kevin Reidy, Jon Berg, Damien
Saccani, and Alex
Gartner PRODUCERS: Neal H
Moritz and Jesse B'Franklin

Writer: Dave Collard

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Content:

(Pa, B, PC, LLL, VV, S, A, M) Secular pagan worldview with redeeming elements such as an affirmation of marriage and some politically correct social comments; 24 obscenities and 14 profanities; violence includes murder by shooting and man falls from balcony to his death; implied intercourse, couple in bed together, and depicted adultery; implied but no depicted nudity; alcohol use; smoking; and lying and cheating.

GENRE: Police Thriller

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Summary:

OUT OF TIME stars Denzel Washington as Matt Lee Whitlock, the respected chief of police in small Banyan Key, Florida, who must solve a vicious double homicide before he himself falls under suspicion. OUT OF TIME has all the elements necessary for a successful movie, but contains foul language, sexual content, and a conflicted protagonist that deserves extreme caution for moral viewers.

Review:

OUT OF TIME is a familiar formula crime thriller with a plot vaguely reminiscent of the 1987 screen hit NO WAY OUT starring Kevin Costner and Gene Hackman. Although not nearly as polished and intricate, and despite its various blemishes and occasional plot holes, it works with surprising precision and entertaining appeal to the great delight of its audience.

Matt Lee Whitlock (Denzel Washington) is the earring-clad Chief of Police in Banyan Key, Florida. Basking in the limelight of a well-publicized drug bust with the seizure of a major drug cache and a large sum of money, everything seems to be falling into place in his career, but his marriage is on the verge of collapse. Actually, the Whitlocks have separated, and the Chief has found consolation in an illicit romance with another married woman, the sultry Anne Harrison (played by Sanaa Lathan).

In a small community such as Banyan Key, everybody is bound to know each other, including Whitlock and Anne's husband, Chris Harrison (Dean Cain). From the beginning, the two make it quite obvious that they don't like each other - to put it mildly, especially when they both know who is cheating with whom. This thorny, steamy state of affairs is complicated even further when Anne finds out that she has terminal cancer and has only a few months to live. On the other hand, she has also discovered that her life insurance policy is not for $100,000 dollars as she had previously thought, but a cool million. Unfortunately, a technical glitch in the paperwork prevents her from cashing in a portion of the money to get an expensive cancer treatment in Switzerland that may save her life.

In an impulsive act of compassion, and against his better judgment, Whitlock decides to take the money from the drug bust and give it to Anne for her treatment. As they say, no good deed goes unpunished, even if it means breaking the law. No sooner has the Chief gotten hold of the confiscated money that the Good Samaritan plan goes seriously awry. Whitlock finds himself desperately trying to extricate himself from suspicion in a long list of crimes including obstruction of justice, tampering with evidence, and a couple counts of murder. Time is rapidly running out as the Chief frantically stays one step ahead of the investigation conducted by his very own cops, the DEA, and even his beautiful wife detective Alex Diaz-Whitlock (Eva Mendes) as the clock ticks down to the surprising conclusion.

Denzel Washington has come to be one of Hollywood's premier stars. Once again he convincingly demonstrates his star qualities in OUT OF TIME. Without a particularly long, or well-known list of credits, and by following the plain style of some of his earlier works such as ONE TRUE THING, Carl Franklin manages once again to find success in simplicity. The plot moves along smoothly, and all the elements necessary for a successful film made by the numbers are executed almost flawlessly. Add some well timed, truly funny, comedic relief, a few sharp, witty lines, some politically correct social observations, and a very good cast of characters, and voila, you have a cinematic hit.

OUT OF TIME is certainly not Oscar material, but a popular hit it should be. There were a few rough spots here and there, and even an occasional lack of concentration by Franklin that could have had the potential to give the plot away, but if a formula ever performed the function it was intended for, it is with OUT OF TIME. Sanaa Lathan, Eva Mendes, and Dean Cain make up a fitting supporting cast, and the Florida locations fortunately give moviegoers an updated, interesting look, while shying away from the worn "In the Heat of the Night" mood normally associated with crime thrillers in a Southern setting.

The very regrettably downside for OUT OF TIME is that the filmmakers have included plenty of foul language, and for a movie carrying a PG-13 rating, the director still saw the need to include a couple totally unnecessary sex scenes. The movie makes light of having an adulterous relationship and contains a conflicted hero, further marring this otherwise acceptable, enjoyable thriller. OUT OF TIME deserves extreme caution for moral viewers.

Please address your comments to:

Alex Yemenidjian, CEO

MGM/UA

2500 Broadway Street

Santa Monica, CA 90404-3061

Phone: (310) 449-3000

SUMMARY: OUT OF TIME stars Denzel Washington as Matt Lee Whitlock, the respected chief of police in small Banyan Key, Florida, who must solve a vicious double homicide before he himself falls under suspicion. OUT OF TIME has all the elements necessary for a successful movie, but contains foul language, sexual content, and a conflicted protagonist that deserves extreme caution for moral viewers.

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