Stars: *** 1/2
Rating: PG-13 for brief sexuality, language, mild violence
Run Time: 1 hour, 49 minutes
Carl Franklin’s auspicious debut film “One False Move” was a gritty, low-budget crime drama that virtually oozed behind-the-lens talent. “Out of Time” is a gritty, high-budget crime thriller that proves the helmer has still got it.
A tragic double homicide sets Matt on the trail of a ruthless killer, only to find himself the prime suspect as a series of small personal mistakes burgeon into widespread consequences. Cognizant of the appearance of his culpability, Matt is forced to front his own investigation, frantically attempting to stay a step ahead of the force and Alex’s keen detecting skills.
In the grand tradition of Kevin Costner’s “No Way Out”, Matt needs a break, and he needs it stat. Trust? Fuggedaboutit. Matt’s on his own while his life unravels before his very eyes. As one white lie begets another, Matt is compelled to confront the truth, and maybe die trying.
“Time” is a roller-coaster ride of a thriller, steeped in suspense and the kind of hair-raising twists that have gone the way of quick gratification filmmaking. Tension mounts in leaps and bounds, force-feeding apprehension and dread. The narrative has a very personal feel – after all, who can’t relate to the notion of a small error in judgment segueing into a larger-than-life catastrophe? (Oh what a tangled web we weave…)
bluesy score and the drowsy lushness of the