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No Way Out (1987)

Action & Adventure movie directed by Roger Donaldson

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The Talents of Hackman and Patton Are Wasted

  • Aug 12, 2003
The strong performances by Gene Hackman and and Will Patton are even more impressive when contrasted with Kevin Costner's who seems either totally bewildered or under heavy sedation. The plot is implausible. Much of the dialogue is clunky, at times ludicrous. However, director Roger Donaldson somehow captures and then sustains our interest after an unnecessarily slow start. Will the cover-up to protect Secretary of Defense David Brice (Hackman) succeed? To whom does Tom Farrell (Costner) ultimately report? To what extent (if any) will the C.I.A. become involved? Dozens of other actors would have been more effective as Farrell. Perhaps Donaldson and the screenwriters should share the blame with Costner for his tepid performance. At no point do I care what happens to him. Not so with Brice and Scott Pritchard (Patton). This film offers pleasant entertainment which, unlike Seven Days in May and Three Days of the Condor, requires no intellectual engagement.

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Quick Tip by . May 01, 2011
Back in the beginning of his cinema career, Kevin Costner made intelligent choices about the films he made, and NO WAY OUT -- to this day -- stands as perhaps his finest performance yet. This clever whodunnit very sparingly drops clues along the way for the most astute viewer, but, if you're watching closely, you begin to see things coming about for the Naval Intelligence Officer ... and, if you're really clever, you might guess the ending. A must-see for political thrill-seekers!
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This implausible, but effective 1987 film stars Kevin Costner (Bull Durham,Wyatt Earp) as a naval officer and CIA agent who may not be what he seems. This sexy thriller is an espionage mystery and an enigmatic character study of two men trying to be faithful to the loyalties they hold. Costner begins a torrid love affair with the mistress (Sean Young) of the Secretary of Defense, but when she turns up dead, Costner is implicated in a web of intrigue that threatens national security and exposes personal secrets at the highest levels. The Secretary and his men try to cover up the affair while simultaneously searching for a Soviet mole in their ranks. Featuring an exciting chase sequence through the Washington, D.C., subways,No Way Outis a standard issue thriller that nonetheless keeps the action coming.--Robert Lane
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Director: Roger Donaldson
Genre: Action, Adventure
DVD Release Date: April 25, 2000
Runtime: 114 minutes
Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
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