Out Of Time

CARL FRANKLIN

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2003.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Original Film, Monarch Pictures.  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by . Toronto International Film Festival 2003.  

is excellent as a tired, unmotivated Florida Keys police chief who is divorcing his detective wife () and having an affair with a woman () who is married to an abusive paramedic (). When Lathan turns out to be dying of cancer and is in an advanced stage, Washington decides to steal money acquired during a drug-bust from his station’s safe and give it to her so she can afford to visit a specialist in Switzerland.  A day after Washington gives her the money, both Lathan and Cain turn up dead in a house fire, the money is missing, and the Feds are on their way to pick it up as evidence for another case they’re looking to close, spinning our hero’s previously lethargic life into a terrifying frenzy. The screws tighten quite beautifully in a plot-driven mystery with rich characters that descends into silly sentimentality in its closing scenes but is otherwise flawless.

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