OUT OF TIME is in the mold of all those classic film noirs, where a flawed hero winds up in a hell of a jam. In this instance, he's played by Denzel Washington, which means we're primed to root for him, and the fix he's in is impressively tangled, even if we can see much of it coming before he does.
Washington plays Matt Whitlock, police chief in a small Florida coastal town where the recent local claim to fame is a big drug bust that netted a small fortune in illicit cash, currently stored in the police station safe. Matt is reluctantly going through a divorce from ambitious, big-city homicide detective Alex (Eva Mendes) at the same time he's having a furtive affair with old flame Anne-Marie Harris (Sanaa Lathan), whose morgue attendant husband Chris (Dean Cain) hates Matt's guts. Then Matt learns that Anne-Marie has terminal cancer. Her only hope a 17-percent chance is with an experimental treatment she can't possibly afford...
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Although Lathan and Mendes are both good, the movie suffers from a lack of chemistry between Washington and either of the women, which puts it at something of an emotional disadvantage. Then again, Washington does achieve appealing chemistry with John Billingsley, who plays the police chief's loose-moraled pal with good timing and a lot of offhand panache.
OUT OF TIME is a popcorn movie it's a little like BODY HEAT, without taking itself so seriously. If you're looking for gritty film noir, this isn't it, but if you're looking for a fun maze to run with guns, money and motives, OUT OF TIME provides a pretty good game.