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The most preposterous movie in theaters isn't the Ace Ventura sequel (or even Money Train) but this wanna-be nail-biter.
'90s action-thriller has intense peril, cursing, violence.
...a solid thriller that neatly and efficiently gets the job done...
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 tensão desejada, que, como se não 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.
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 forgettable
I forgot about it as soon as I saw it.
Ninety minutes. Six bullets. No choice.
"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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