The Denzel Washington thriller Out of Time
is quite enjoyable if you ignore its implausible plotting. Partly inspired by 1948's The Big Clock
and its nominal 1987 remake No Way Out
, this reunion of Washington and his Devil in a Blue Dress
director Carl Franklin is about a man--in this case the police chief (Washington) of sleepy Banyan Key, Florida--who falls into a trap set by others, sinks into legal quicksand of his own making, and must race the clock to extricate himself from a series of incriminating setbacks. The Florida setting adds welcome character to the pot-boiler plot, and Washington's screen credibility makes it easy to overlook the absurdities of rookie writer David Collard's screenplay. Eva Mendes is sharp and sensible as Washington's estranged wife (do you think they'll reconcile for a happy ending?), and the talented John Billingsley--whose portrayal of Dr Phlox on TV's Enterprise
is vastly underrated--is a constant delight as Washington's medical examiner, beer buddy and wily co-conspirator. --Jeff Shannon
Suppose everything you knew everything you trusted became a lie. For Matt Lee Whitlock, that nightmare has become a reality. Academy Award winner Denzel Washington plays Whitlock, chief of police in small Banyan Key, Florida. Hes respected by his peers and loved by his community. But when Banyan Key is shocked by a double homicide, everything Matt Lee thought he knew starts to unravel and he finds himself in a race against time to solve the murders before he himself falls under suspicion. Matt Lee has to stay a few steps ahead of his own police force and everyone else hes trusted in order to find out the truth.