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Out of Time Reviews

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November 6, 2013
Anything that has Denzel Washington in it is a good enough reason to see it, that is all. That is why I watched Out of Time.

Out of Time is a fairly generic and formulaic film at the start which really presents nothing all that surprising to viewers. Its contrived from a lot of superior thriller films. For the entire first hour I was bored waiting through minimal thrills that waded through a very contrived plot and found no real appeal in it except Denzel Washington's performance. But even he couldn't salvage the slow pace and tedious lack of originality in this terrible thriller.
Out of Time is simply a generic Denzel Washington thriller which introduces no new concepts to the genre and is too short on thrills for its own good. It fails to match up to the man's previous collaboration with film director Carl Franklin on the critically successful Devil in a Blue Dress. It wallows in the pity of itself while echoing Denzel Washington's better films with its contrived elements and lack of originality.
The story is lame because it's a predictable investigation one which audiences have seen countless times before, and it brings nothing new to the table this time and no thrills as well as minimal action, so it has little stimulation to it. And its script does the job well enough but it has no surprises to it. It is such a basic film which is excessively repetitive from start to finish and never has any surprises in terms of storytelling, rather taking the same path that so many other films have taken and done significantly better. Out of Time doesn't have a high concept plot and it doesn't salvage what little it has, so the entire experience is simply massively rudimentary as a whole as well as in parts.
Out of Time is a brain killing film and watching it killed my cells by the second because it owed a huge debt to the many superior thrillers that came before it and did nothing to say that it should stand out on its own. It will always suffer from comparisons to practically every other Denzel Washington thriller simply because this one is not up to par or worth the effort of going out of your way to see unless you are a huge die hard fan of him. I know I am, but even I didn't enjoy Out of Time simply because of how generic and boring it is. It is even more boring than Denzel Washington's worst film Heart Condition, though arguably not as bad.
I will say that the film is stylish. The cinematography is really good and takes some nice angles which has it constantly moving to ensure audiences face its story in the right light, even if it the pace of the film does move at a glacial rate. It captures a lot of nice scenery and keeps the important aspect of things in focus while capturing the broad colour palette of its locations. Its iconic technique is the way it makes quick zooms up on the actors' faces during intense situations, a technique commonly used in spaghetti western films to intensify the situations which was a pretty smart move on behalf of Theo van de Sande because it is an appealing technique which is rarely seen anymore.
And its musical score makes it reminiscent of the music from shows like Miami Vice which make it a nostalgic feature for the right viewer. I'm not the right viewer for the film but I could appreciate the way that the music influenced the effect of the atmosphere on viewers.
And from the perspective of the cast, Out of Time does at least manage to succeed fairly in one area.
As expected, Denzel Washington's lead performance in Out of Time was the highlight of the film. While the rest of the film was nothing short of a generic and braindead thriller, Denzel Washington kept the screen rich with his natural charisma as a lead actor. He moved at a swift and powerful rate where he keeps everything realistic with his skills at creating intensity as an actor. While the direction and story of the film does nothing for it, Denzel Washington shines as a lone bright spot with a basic but effective performance which boasts his ability to interact with other cast members with refreshing ease while also playing an effective man caught up in a complicated investigation. Denzel Washington is one of the greatest actors of all time, and without him as the lead it is likely that Out of Time would have no way of standing out from a crowd. The fact that it is lucky enough to have him as the lead actor is the one good decision that the filmmakers made when they came up with the idea for Out of Time. So while the film is disappointing from the standard of a Denzel Washington film, fans of his should at least be pleased by his easy lead performance which has him interacting with the situations with ease and strength, and you could expect nothing less from him.
And while Eva Mendes doesn't make too much of an impact as an actor in Out of Time, her performance is one she executes with easy skill and it sees her working with Denzel Washington again after they collaborated on his second Academy Award winning performance in the film Training Day. The two share an amiable chemistry which strengthens the realism in the film, and it gives credibility to both of them as actors. During Eva Mendes' days as a rising star, she manages to work a good performance into Out of Time which does manage to benefit it during its weaker moments.

But despite the presence of Denzel Washington as the lead actor, Out of Time is one of his significantly lesser films which is so dull and slow over the course of its 105 minutes of running time and short on action and thrills that it is hard to make it to the end or walk away from it saying it was a worthy experience.
emoviolence
January 3, 2014
Melhor do que eu esperava, uma reviravolta bem interessante. Perde um pouco por parecer um filme feito pra tv.
December 26, 2013
je trouve ce film trop drôle.... je ne compte même plus le nombre de fois que je le regarde
December 23, 2013
Denzel is in another crime thriller. This time he is a sketchy detective who stole the money from a drug bust then had it at his mistresses house when the house goes up in flames killing them both. So he has to cover his tracks and figure out what happened. Problem is, this was entirely predictable. I could see the 'twist' if you could call it that coming pretty much immediately after the crime. Denzel is great is so many movies where he is a man with questionable morals, this is not one of them. Supposedly him and Eva Mendes were married in this movie, but they had absolutely no chemistry. So that's why they broke up, eh? Just not believable or interesting and it was really predictable.
October 24, 2013
Although I saw through the set up right away (no doctors come in on Saturdays to give patients test results), the action was pretty pulse-pounding and swift.
Dannielle A

Super Reviewer

September 3, 2013
Pleasant surprises around every corner.
August 7, 2013
I thought this movie was awesome. I don't know why people had a problem with it.
August 3, 2013
Suspenseful, yet derived from so many other films in its genre.
August 2, 2013
A cop, who steals $450,000 to help the woman he has an affair with has to track down the money to clear his name when all evidence points against him. The usual high speed Denzel Washington starring thriller, it doesn't stand out particularly due to the naivety of the script which is content with being superficial despite of the many psychological aspects of the story which would have been worthwhile focusing on.
July 12, 2013
Average thriller. Nothing more, nothing less.
June 11, 2013
This is not your usual deep and emotional Denzel movies. The mode of the movie is lighter but it is a crime film. And a very perfect example of one hell of a suspense. Every scene was a heartfelt thriller. You just don't know what will happen next. Keeps you on the edge of your seat at every minute. It was a very clever movie.
R. Jayakrishnan
June 6, 2013
82%
Saw this on 6/6/2013
Out of Time is a good thriller with a few surprises and cliches. Once again Denzel Washington proves that he cannot be typecast easily. Denzel gives a good performance, though it may never come upon as one of his best. This film kicks on when Denzel tries to avoid all the chances of getting caught even when all the evidences are against him if revealed. He does this so elegantly and within the short time he have to prove his innocence as well. I kind of like anything that Denzel throws on screen, which you might not. There are a lot of big plot holes here and there, but as a thriller, this film is good. The supporting actresses are also good.
Anthony L

Super Reviewer

May 24, 2013
A slightly above-average action thriller. Overall it's entertaining enough but at times everything gets just that little bit too convenient which I'm afraid is down to the fault of the writing. The cast is good, Dean Cain is underrated (I've met him, he's a really nice man) but other than that, I'm afraid it is forgettable, even though it isn't too bad. The ending could have been better.
April 28, 2013
The general storyline of a sympathetic hero breaking the law and getting in over his head in a thoroughly sticky mess is sound. However, the execution lacks finesse and it has many moments that come off as contrived. There are too many close calls for the main character that he unrealistically sidesteps or just lucks out on. This mid-level detail is where the dialogue and writing completely let you down and the movie suffers the most. Denzel Washington is good in the lead role. The only problem is how much he stands above the rest of the cast. The acting of the supporting cast is on par with daytime TV. With a more skilled director and some more toughness put into the writing this could have been quite good, but as it stands, it is just an amusing but disposable movie.
PatLongworth
April 1, 2013
Out of Time stars Denzel Washington as a small town police chief who is fooling around with another man's wife, then is drawn into the tragic story of that woman when she apparently is diagnosed with cancer and ends up taking some drug money (in holding) to pay for expensive treatments.

The dying woman and her husband appear to die in an arson that destroys their home, the chief becomes implicated in their apparrent murder when a neighbour spots him at the house prior to their death and the arson.

The chief's wife is one of the detectives assigned to the homicide and then there is a roller-coaster
ride of action and suspense until the chief confronts the husband and wife who didn't die but had set him up. 9/10
March 3, 2013
Entertaining but not Denzel's best, not even second or third, stupid plot full of clichés...
January 18, 2013
great suspense thriller.
January 12, 2013
Very well made, edge of your seat movie...........
December 20, 2012
"if you can get pass the contrivances"? GET PASS? Sorry, RT, you've let me down. And I'm sorry this isn't a review of the actual film.
November 21, 2012
Rather thrilling actually. Worth watching a first time.
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