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1995 thriller starring Johnny Depp

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Pre '24' Real-Time thriller with Depp and Walken

  • Nov 12, 2008
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This certainly isn't the best film Depp or Walken have ever done, but its well worth your time and money. Set in real-time, Gene Watson (Johnny Depp) and his young daughter Lynn (Courtney Chase) arrive at the Amtrak station in LA, presumably for a business meeting Watson is scheduled for. Watching the new arrivals are Mr. Smith (Christopher Walken) and Ms. Jones (Roma Maffia from Disclosure), shady characters who are looking for someone at random to murder a woman for them.

They choose Gene, approaching him and identifying themselves as cops, they take him and his daughter off in an official looking van. Holding his daughter ransom and threatening to kill her, they send Gene off to a hotel to kill the woman they gave him a picture of. The woman turns out to be the Governor, and Mr. Smith is watching every move Gene makes.

Gene only has an hour and a half to complete his mission, one that he doesn't wish to carry out but cannot figure out how to keep his daughter from harm any other way. Every time Gene attempts to find someone to help him, Mr. Smith is there with his guns and threats. To make matters worse, Gene soon finds out the Smith and Jones are not the only ones in on the plot, and that finding someone to listen to him is going to be a more difficult task than simply pulling the trigger.

'Nick Of Time' is a highly suspenseful movie, some of its plots and intrigues a bit far-fetched, but nonetheless worth your time and money to watch, particularly if you are a fan of Depp or Walken. Both are great in their roles, as is Roma Maffia and Charles Dutton as the shoeshine man.

I could feel myself wanting to bite the face off of Walkin's character, feeling the flesh and gristle grinding under my teeth, and wanted to slap some sense into those who turned their heads away from helping Gene. Walken plays a great bad guy, and Depp plays a great innocent, making this intense thriller a pleasure to watch. Enjoy!
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review by . December 23, 2008
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In director John Badham's stylish thriller Nick of Time, audiences are given the unique opportunity to watch as the suspenseful story unfolds in "real time". The film, which has often been dismissed by critics as a typical thriller, deserves a second glance. The film's too quickly overlooked and forgotten, which is a shame considering how enjoyable it is to watch.       Starring a terrific cast headed by Johnny Depp and Christopher Walken, Nick of Time is a more character …
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Starring Johnny Depp, Christopher Walken, Roma Maffia, Charles S. Dutton
Directed by John Badham
Writer:  Patrick Sheane Duncan

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The clock is ticking for Johnny Depp in Nick of Time, a twist-filled, race-against-time thriller directed by John Badham (Drop Zone, Saturday Night Fever). And indeed it is a race, filmed in "real time" so that onscreen events unfold minute by nail-biting minute as they would in real life. No sooner does accountant Gene Watson (Depp) arrive at L.A.'s Union station with his six-year-old daughter than he's plunged into a nightmare. Two shadowy strangers (Christopher Walken, Roma Maffia) separate Watson from his little girl, slap a gun into his hand and present a devil's bargain: kill a top government official before she leaves a nearby political rally... or never again see his beloved child.
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Genre: Thriller
Release Date: 22 November 1995
MPAA Rating: R
Runtime: 90 Minutes
Studio: Paramount Pictures
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