Out of Time (2003 film)

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Out of Time
Out of timeposter.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byCarl Franklin
Produced by
Written byDavid Collard
Music byGraeme Revell
CinematographyTheo van de Sande
Edited byCarole Kravetz
Distributed byMGM Distribution Co.
Release date
  • October 3, 2003 (2003-10-03)
Running time
105 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$50 million[1]
Box office$55.5 million[1]

Out of Time is a 2003 American action thriller film directed by Carl Franklin featuring Denzel Washington. Matthias "Matt" Lee Whitlock, played by Washington, is the respected Chief of Police of the fictional Florida Keys small town of Banyan Key, Florida.


Matthias "Matt" Lee Whitlock is the respected Chief of Police of the small Florida Keys town of Banyan Key. Recently separated, Whitlock is currently seeing local resident Anne Merai-Harrison, an old flame from high school whose husband Chris, a former professional quarterback seemingly oblivious to the relationship, abuses her. While attending Anne to the doctor, Whitlock finds out she has just been diagnosed with terminal cancer. Whitlock is also going through a divorce from his wife, homicide detective Alex.

Anne intends to reward Whitlock's loyalty to her by making him the sole beneficiary of her $1,000,000 life insurance policy. Whitlock suggests that she should travel to Switzerland to undergo a newly-developed, groundbreaking treatment. The problem is that Anne does not have any money. Desperate to help her, Matt takes $480,000 out of evidence and gives it to her so she can make the trip. When the $480,000 goes up in flames in a suspicious house fire that kills Anne and Chris, Whitlock is horrified to find their charred remains.

When the Drug Enforcement Administration agents call the next day to get the evidence money in order to bust a higher drug lord, Matt responds erratically. He also discovers a person who visited Anne. He finds out that the money is now with this new person and that Alex is about to bust him. He rushes to the hotel and after a brief struggle, he accidentally kills the stranger, takes the money and flees. Although Matt is seen by the police, he is thought to have come to protect Alex. The stranger is revealed to be Paul Cabot, the doctor who diagnosed Anne with cancer.

Later that evening, Alex finds that Matt is Anne's sole beneficiary and also that he has been visiting her. At the same time, Matt receives a distress call from Anne, who is still alive, and unofficially goes to save her. Chris and Matt fight, Anne shoots and kills Chris. Then Anne reveals that she had planned all of this and shoots Matt in the leg.

When Anne is about to kill Matt, Alex kills her; Alex traced Matt using a GPS tracker and asks him whether he planned to elope with the money. But Matt reveals that he has not brought the money with him. When the irritated DEA agents come to arrest Matt as he had promised the money delivery by noon and it was 7pm, he says that his man was sent to Miami, and simultaneously Chae appears with the money, explaining about a wrong address and that he could not find the DEA office. So the DEA agents leave with the money and Matt has no charges on him.

Later, when Matt is on medical leave, Chae visits him with news that Matt is the recipient of Anne's insurance policy. But Alex says that, "as his wife," she knows that Matt has to reject it, meaning that she has decided to drop the divorce and move back in with Matt. Overjoyed, Matt seemingly forgets about the life insurance money, though Chae is amusingly adamant that Matt must take it.



2004 Black Reel Awards

2004 Image Awards


The film received a score of 64% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 149 reviews, with an average rating of 6.33 out of 10. The critical consensus states the film is a: "A fun and stylish thriller if you can get past the contrivances.."[2]

Mobile phone game[edit]

WAP and Java mobile phone games based upon this movie were released in the UK in association with O2 and Momentum Pictures by Kalador Entertainment Inc.[3]

MPAA rating[edit]

The film was originally rated R but was later re-rated PG-13 by the MPAA for "sexual content, violence and some language".[citation needed]

Home media release[edit]

Out of Time was released on VHS and DVD on January 6, 2004, in widescreen-only for both formats.


  1. ^ a b Box Office Mojo
  2. ^ Out of Time
  3. ^ "Playing Out of Time on O2".

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