Nick of Time (1995)
A normal, loving father finds himself in the midst of a political conspiracy when a mysterious stranger demands that he assassinate the governor of California within an hour and a half -- or else his daughter will die. This suspense thriller follows the subsequent 90 minutes in real time.
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Critic Reviews for Nick of Time
O artifício narrativo do "tempo real", usado com bem mais eficácia em Matar ou Morrer e Festim Diabólico, acaba se revelando insuficiente para gerar a tensăo desejada, que, como se năo bastasse, é destruída de vez no terrível ato final do filme.
An exciting albeit illogical tale of mystery and suspense...
A fast and furious 90 minutes that doesn't waste a second.
A slick, highly imaginative thriller
Depp... is very visibly bored with this blatant bid for mainstream action stardom.
What is Depp doing in this tepid thriller?
Depp and Walken. What else matters?
Doesn't work as well as it think it does, but remains compelling, throughout.
Tight, suspenseful thriller.
Gimmicky film that takes some great actors and makes them into props. Depp plays against type, and Walken manages okay as the film operates in real time (a device used many times before and since, most recently in Fox's "24" TV show). Skip it.
Walken is more pantomime villain than genuine menace and Depp spends the entire film looking as though he regretted signing up for it.
Audience Reviews for Nick of Time
A very average movie, a political conspiracy Thriller, with a corny plot. No Johnny Depp stamp on this one and not one he'll be remembered for, watchable, but very forgettableMore
"Kisses to you.
- No, kisses to you!"
John Badham, the director, has had some moderate success in the 70's and 80's. 'Saturday Night Fever', 'War Games' and 'Stakeout' just to name a few. Nowadays he's making a career at the TV industry and I'm pretty sure that 'Nick of Time' has something to do with it...
Don't get me wrong! This movie has some good elements. First of all comes in mind that the movie is shown in "real time". I can't really think of that many movies that are made like this. 'Vantage Point' and 'Phone Booth'? And of course now Jack Bauer on TV in '24'...
But the problem with this movie is that it doesn't fee like a movie but more like a 90 minute long TV film. It doesn't have "big screen" written on it. The action is pretty lame and there's like no tension at all. And come to think of it, the story ain't that good either...
But what saves this film from sucking ass is Christopher Walken. He manages to overact once again but in a good way... Like always. Johnny Depp shows glimpses of his star ability but the rest of the cast are mostly unknown to me or familiar from different TV shows. Don't get me wrong (again), I like good TV just as much as the next guy but this isn't a film that should be given major release because it just doesn't have the key elements for that.
So, in my opinion, 'Nick of Time' is recommended only for Depp or Walken fans.
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