The movie stars Denzel Washington as Matt Lee Whitlock, the respected police chief of a small Florida town. He is also having an affair with a married woman, Anne Harrison (Sanaa Lathan), who's husband, Chris Harrison (Dean Cain) is a real creep who beats her. He's called away from one late night encounter to oversee a major drug bust and eventually winds up holding roughly $400,000 in drug money.
One afternoon, Matt accompanies Anne to her doctor where she finds out the devastating news that she has cancer. Aggressive cancer, and there is little hope. There are some experimental treatments, but they cost thousands of dollars. After exhausting all regular avenues, Matt eventually decides to take out the drug money. He gives it to Anne and tells her to meet him at his house. She never shows. He goes to her house, but all the lights are out. Suspicious, he pokes around and gets spotted by one of the neighbors. He leaves and goes back home.
He's woken up the next morning. Anne's house is in flames and there are two dead bodies inside. This is where things start getting sticky for Matt and it gets worse when his soon-to-be ex-wife Alex (Eva Mendes) shows up to investigate. I won't reveal anymore since it would ruin the suspense.
The movie is filled with wonderful performances, not only by Denzel but the whole cast who all turn in credible performances. Highlights, of course, are Eva Mendes and John Billingsley as Matt's friend and the local medical examiner. He provides much of the films humor, but also helps Matt out of a couple of jams along the way.
One thing that's interesting is that this film was advertised as a straight "Fugitive"-type film when it really isn't. It's a bit different than that in the way it's set-up. The majority of the film takes place during one day and Matt spends most of it trying to cover up his connections to the deceased.
Overall, Out of Time is an intense thriller watching an innocent man dig himself deeper and deeper into trouble. And it's good, too.
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