- Carl Franklin,
- David Collard,
- Denzel Washington, Eva Mendes, Sanaa Lathan, John Billingsley, Dean Cain, Alex Carter, Antoni Corone,
- Matt Lee Whitlock, respected chief of police in small Banyan Key, Florida, must solve a vicious double homicide before he himself falls under suspicion. Matt Lee has to stay a few steps ahead of his own police force and everyone he's trusted in order to find out the truth.
In apparent atonement for whatever wayward thinking led him down the Freeman-Judd path, Franklin has transformed Out of Time into a highly felicitous comedy of infidelities and busted-up romances.
Although it is briskly directed and enjoyably stylized, the film is shallow -- but empty.
Franklin has enormous fun using these varied technologies to ramp up the suspense in a movie that is the most purely entertaining thriller since "No Way Out."
Starts out as noir, takes a shift into something like deadpan screwball comedy and ends up as a comedy of remarriage.
Out of Time seems out of another time and place. Remember "Presumed Innocent?"
I reckon 90 of the movie's 106 minutes are thriller heaven. The windup, alas, isn't in the same league: Both humdrum and confusingly staged, it pales beside the volcanic climaxes of Franklin's "One False Move" (1992) and "Devil in a Blue Dress."
It's a serviceable picture, but hardly a top-notch vehicle for Washington's remarkable gifts.
A bleakly comic, palm-sweaty hoot.
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