'Out of Time': Cast turns up heat in thriller bedeviled by predictability
Seattle Times movie critic
Director Carl Franklin, back in the mid-'90s, made a terrific movie with Washington called "Devil in a Blue Dress," which brought freshness to the familiar noir style by setting its tale in a predominantly black neighborhood in post-World War II Los Angeles. That movie had a kind of visual jazz to it; jumpy tension, glittery jewel-box colors, chewy dialogue. And yet it failed at the box office, and Franklin's work has gotten less interesting since.
Which brings us to "Out of Time," a well-performed, perfectly watchable thriller that's nonetheless as generic as its title. Matt, who drinks on the job and doesn't seem especially smart, isn't much of a cop or much of a husband — we quickly learn that the siren in the opening scene (gorgeous Sanaa Lathan) is not his wife. So he's a prime target for a con (which you can see coming if you've got your eyes open) and spends much of the movie trying to extricate himself out of a mess, but only getting in deeper.
Perhaps "Out of Time" represents a gradual return to form for Franklin; it's certainly better than the dismal "High Crimes." But I'd still rather watch "Devil in a Blue Dress" again. Maybe Franklin would too.
Moira Macdonald: 206-464-2725 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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