Out of Time Blu-ray Review (Import) – A Highly Entertaining 2003 Thriller?

As a film fan one thing that really annoys me is not being able to obtain copies of films on Blu-ray despite them being available in other countries. One such film is Out of Time from 2003 starring none other than Denzel Washington and Eva Mendes.

Fortunately I’ve managed to get hold of a German imported version that plays fine on UK players only requiring a language change in the setting menu. Having done all of that was the film actually worth the effort? Well it’s time to find out, so without further ado here’s my Out of Time blu-ray review.

  • Out of Time (2003) Imported Version
  • Genre: Thriller
  • UK Rating N/A
  • Discs: 1
Out of Time blu-ray review


Chief of Police Matthias Lee Whitlock (Denzel Washington) lives in the small town of Banyan Key, Florida. Having recently recovered the sum of $450,000 during an investigation he is tasked with ensuring its safe keeping until the case concludes. However with his marriage seemingly over he embarks on a relationship with an old flame from high school. There is further bad news when she reveals she has cancer and without a large sum of money her prospects seem grim. With all other possibilities exhausted there seems to be only other logical way to obtain the necessary funds.

Style / Direction

The films directed by Carl Franklin whilst the cinematography is handled by Theo van de Sande. The film is set in a small town in Florida, it looks fabulous and credit should go to the director of photography for creating such a well made stylish film. On the pacing side it’s pretty much perfect with the twists and turns in the storyline being well implemented resulting in a truly thrilling and entertaining experience.

Music / Audio Effects

The music is composed by Graeme Revell.

Acting / Characters

Overall all of the main characters are well acted. The story revolves around Denzel Washington’s character, chief of police Matthias Lee Whitlock. Very rarely is he in a terrible film and usually he delivers exceptional performances in any case. Here he’s again on top form playing a cop that thinks he’s doing the right thing only to find out he’s been played.

The supporting cast comes in the form of the two very important women in his life, Eva Mendes plays his wife and fellow police detective Alex Diaz-Whitlock. The other is his new lover Anne-Merai Harrison played by Sanaa Lathan. However Anne-Merai is married to Chris and his role is taken on by former superman actor Dean Caine.

All of the actors do well with their given roles but the really interesting character is Matthias’s friend and medical examiner Chae played by John Billingsley. He’s a rather wild and off the wall kind of fellow that thinks they should spend the money held as evidence on a fishing boat. He adds the humour and the film is all the better for him.


  • Denzel Washington as Matthias Lee Whitlock
  • Eva Mendes as Alex Diaz-Whitlock
  • Sanaa Lathan as Anne-Merai Harrison
  • Dean Cain as Chris Harrison
  • John Billingsley as Chae, Medical Examiner
  • Robert Baker as Tony Dalton
  • Alex Carter as Paul Cabot
  • Antoni Corone as Deputy Baste
  • Terry Loughlin as Agent Stark
  • Nora Dunn as Dr. Donovan
  • James Murtaugh as Dr. Frieland
  • O. L. Duke as Detective Bronze
  • Tom Hillmann as Robert Guillette, Living Gift Salesman

Conclusion: Out of Time (2003) Film Review

I must admit I’d never even heard of this film until I started my Denzel Washington season but its one hell of an entertaining thriller with plenty of humour thrown in. Trust me you need to add this one to your must see films list, it’s more than worth a look.

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Conclusion: Out of Time Blu-ray Review (Import)

Due to the fact that this is unfortunately another film that has yet to receive a UK release it means the version I’m reviewing here is a German import. The good news being that it’s in high definition and has perfect picture quality. All you need do is switch the language over to English in the menu settings.

Popcorn Cinema Rating: Out of Time (2003)




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Out of Time (2003) Trailer

For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster…

Clip may not representative of the blu-ray version

That’s my Out of Time blu-ray review, if you have any thoughts on this film you can leave them in the comment section below:

What Do You Think?
Summary: Out of Time (2003) Blu-ray Review - Import
Out of Time Blu-ray Review (Import)

Movie title: Out of Time (2003)

Duration: 105 mins

Director(s): Carl Franklin

Actor(s): Denzel Washington, Eva Mendes, Sanaa Lathan, Dean Cain, John Billingsley

Genre: Thriller

  • Movie Rating
  • Blu-ray Picture Rating


A highly entertaining thriller that sees Washington desperatly attempt to keep one step ahead of the investigation.


  • Highly Entertaining
  • Good Casting


  • No UK Blu-ray Release