Out of Time

Starring: Denzel Washington, Eva Mendez, Dean Cain and John Billingsley
Momentum Pictures
RRP: 19.99
Certificate: 15
Available 10 May 2004

In Banyan Key, a small Florida town, Chief of Police Matt Whitlock finds himself caught in the eye of a storm. Investigating the murder of a woman he was having an affair with, Whitlock soon realises that all the evidence points to him being the murderer. Now the race is on for him to erase the trail of incriminating evidence that leads back to him before the FBI track him down...

Out of Time is an above average thriller which stars Denzel Washington as chief of police of a small town in Florida. Whitlock's ex-wife is brought in to head up the main investigation and staying one step ahead of her is not that easy a task.

The film also stars two actors who are better know for sci-fi roles - Dean (The New Adventures of Superman) Cain and John (Enterprise) Billingsley who turn in fantastic performances. Billingsley is a comic genius and his portrayal of Whitlock's friend and professional associate is spot on. Dean Cain has put on a few years (and pounds) since his Superman days and is almost unrecognisable as the wife beating villain of the piece.

There are plenty of twists and turns to keep you on the edge of your seat (including a rather unexpected revelation at the end) for the duration. I did get the feeling the director was over egging some of his clues for a stupid audience. For example there is a scene in a surgery where a doctor puts his pen back on its stand in the middle of his desk. Then we are shown a long cut scene of the pen. At the time there is no reason for the shot and it looks out of place. It's like we are being shouted at: "Look! The pen will appear again! Remember the pen!" This seemed a little unnecessary and rather insulting to the audience.

Extras on the disc include audio commentary; Out of Time: Crime Scene.; outtakes (two rather dull ones); character profiles; screen tests; photo gallery; and theatrical trailer.

A neatly constructed movie that doesn't disappoint.

Nick Smithson

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