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Partly inspired by 1948's The Big Clock and its nominal 1987 remake No Way Out, the Denzel Washington thriller Out of Time is quite enjoyable if you ignore its implausible plotting. Like those earlier films, 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 potboiler plot, and Washington's screen-cred 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. It's hardly a classic, but Out of Time goes well with a big tub of popcorn. --Jeff Shannon

DVD Features

Available Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Commentary by: director Carl Franklin (Unknown Format)
  • "Out of Time: Crime Scene" featurette
  • Outtakes
  • Character profiles
  • Screen tests: Sanaa Lathan, Dean Cain
  • Photo gallery


    Denzel WashingtonMatt Lee Whitlock
    Eva MendesAlex Diaz Whitlock
    Sanaa LathanAnn Merai Harrison
    Dean CainChris Harrison
    John BillingsleyChae
    Robert BakerTony Dalton
    Alex CarterCabot
    Antoni CoroneDeputy Baste
    Terry LoughlinAgent Stark
    Nora DunnDr. Donovan
    James MurtaughDr. Frieland

    • Genre: Thriller Movies
    • Director: Carl Franklin
    • Producer: MGM/UA
    • Length: 105 mins
    • Aspect ratio: 2.40:1
    • Theatrical Release
      North AmericaOct 3, 2003
    • DVD Release
      North AmericaJan 6, 2004
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