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Rating: PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.

Rating Explanation:
for sexual content, violence and some language

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
The film's lack of surprises makes this an atmospheric but ultimately disappointing thriller. It's entertaining, but hardly what you've come to expect from Denzel Washington.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Audio commentary by director Carl Franklin; "Out of Time: Crime Scene" featurette; Character profiles; Outtakes; Screen tests: Sanaa Latham and Dean Cain; Photo gallery; Original theatrical trailer.

Out of Time
Matt Whitlock (Washington), is the Chief of Police of Banyan Key, Florida, who's in the process of divorcing his wife, Detective Alex Whitlock (Eva Mendes). Matt has started an affair with Ann (Sanaa Lathan), his high-school sweetheart, who's now a married woman. She's married to an abusive ex-quarterback (Dean Cain), but has renewed her affair with her ex-boyfriend. One day, Ann confesses to Matt that she is seriously ill with cancer and her only hope of cure is to travel to Europe and try some experimental treatments. But she doesn't have the money for the trip and doctors. To help her, Matt steals $485,000 in drug money from the police safe. No sooner does Ann get the money than her house burns down and two charred bodies are found inside. There's a million dollar insurance policy on the house and the police discover evidence of arson. Matt becomes the prime suspect and has to hide the facts about his relationship with Ann from the lead investigator, who just happens to be his wife. Plus, the DEA is looking for the money that has disappeared from the Banyan Key PD's safe. Director Carl Franklin has made a film that both looks and sounds great with excellent camerawork and a nice Latin jazz score by Graeme Revell. And despite the holes in the story, the chase sequences during, the second half builds nicely, particularly as Matt becomes increasingly frantic in his cover up. This is certainly not one of Denzel Washington's great performances, but he is always more than competent. The women, Eva Mendes and Sanaa Lathan have so little to do that they are basically just a couple of pretty faces. Dean Cain (TV's Superman) is credible as the villain, and John Billingsley does a nice job as the local medical examiner, providing some comedy relief.

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