Out of Time (2003)

Out of Time (2003)
  • Time: 105 min
  • Genre: Crime | Drama | Thriller
  • Director: Carl Franklin
  • Cast: Denzel Washington, Sanaa Lathan, Eva Mendes


Matt Whitlock, the police chief of Banyan Key a small town near Florida, is separated from his wife, Alex, a police detective based in Florida. Matt’s been having an affair with Ann Merai Harrison, a woman who’s separated from her husband Chris and who says that she has cancer. When her doctor tells her of a new treatment that’s expensive, Matt gives her the nearly half a million dollars that he seized from some drug dealers. When she turns up dead evidence points to Whitlock. He tries to figure out what’s going on but apparently it appears he’s been set up. So he has to try and find the money especially now that the Feds are asking for it before the evidence exposes him.

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  • Denzel Washington is a small town Florida police chief. His marriage (to homicide detective Eva Mendes) is washed up and he is having an affair with dental nurse Sanaa Lathan who is married to unpleasant Dean Cain. Factor in a big chunk of drug money evidence being held in the police station safe, the dental nurse girlfriend being diagnosed suddenly with terminal cancer, and some stuff about assigning an insurance policy with a view to raising some ready cash for hospital treatment in Europe, and it should come as no surprise to habitual suspense thriller fans to find a house explosion turning terminal girlfriend and obnoxious hubbie to crispy corpses, and Washington in the frame for murder.

    The fun wrinkle about this movie is the way Washington manages to stay half a step ahead of his estranged wife as the net gradually closes in on him.

    To be objective, this movie isn’t as good as the performances in it. The plot carries no major surprises and is fairly routine suspense thriller stuff. The suspense is well maintained, but the story isn’t especially credible. However, the cast does well with it, particularly Washington, playing a man who is somewhat conflicted and, to some extent, not entirely undeserving of the predicament he finds himself in. As always, he brings an element of class to the most mundane material.

    Having said that, it is entertaining enough (but no more).

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