Out Of Time dropped out of mind almost as soon it hit cinemas in December 2003, but then there's only so much turkey you can stomach at Christmas. Arguably better suited to the small screen, this Miami-based cop thriller starring Denzel Washington comes with a fair quantity of trimmings on the silvery disc format, but it doesn't warrant an APB.
If the directing gig doesn't pan out, Carl Franklin would be a hit narrating wildlife documentaries - his dry sense of humour and probing observational skills make for a slyly amusing commentary. During a breathless scene of foreplay between Denzel Washington and Sanaa Lathan, Franklin blathers on about the behaviour of Floridian catfish - slippery little critters that apparently have the ability to crawl out of drains and walk the streets. Draw your own conclusions. Oh, and scenes in which there was "thrusting from behind" had to be cut out to secure a PG-13 rating. Wild!
Just Plain Wet
Hot, sticky, steamy, sweaty, and just plain "wet" are how cast and director describe the experience of shooting Out Of Time, during a perfunctory behind-the-scenes featurette. Eva Mendes credits the balmy climate for enabling her to let loose and deliver a (metaphorically!) naked performance, while Denzel reckons the heat was essential to create the right tone for "a fun romp". By now you could be forgiven for thinking this DVD belongs on the top shelf, and even more so because there's no deeper insight into the practical aspects of making the movie.
Slow, Quick - Quick, Slow
A selection of screen tests for Dean Cain and Sanaa Lathan are also featured, providing a wicked sort of amusement. Snigger as Lathan tries to make up her mind about the best way to pull off a band-aid: slow, quick - quick, slow? The outtakes are less fun, especially as we're denied the chance of seeing Oscar-winner Denzel Washington fluffing his lines. Like the man himself, this DVD is slick and attractively packaged. But like the film, it's seriously lacking in depth.