|NO WAY OUT (director: Roger Donaldson; screenwriters: Gregory Goodell/Robert Garland/based on the novel The Big Clock by Kenneth Fearing ; cinematographer: John Alcott; editor: Neil Travis/John Hoy; music: Maurice Jarre ; cast: Kevin Costner (Lieutenant Commander Tom Farrell ), Gene Hackman (David Brice), Howard Duff (Senator Willy Duvall), Sean Young (Susan Atwell), Will Patton (Scott Pritchard), George Dzundza (Dr Sam Hesselman), Jason Bernard (Major Donovan), Nina Beka (Iman), Fred Dalton Thompson (Marshall), Leon Russom (Kevin O'Brien), Dennis Burkley (Mate); Runtime: 114; MPAA Rating: R; producer: Laura Ziskin/Robert Garland; HBO (Orion); 1987)|
|"The film is remembered for its
limo sex scene."
by Dennis Schwartz
Donaldson ("The Recruit"/"13 Days"/"Species")
directs this gripping spy thriller that updates John
Farrow's film noir The Big Clock (1948). It's based
on the novel The Big Clock by Kenneth
Fearing. The original screenwriter, Robert Garland,
updates the remake to fit the changing times.
film is remembered for its limo sex scene.
Commander Tom Farrell (Kevin
Costner) is a Pentagon officer assigned
to the manipulative Secretary of Defense, David
Brice (Gene Hackman). Farrell has a secret
affair with good-time girl Susan Atwell (Sean
Young), the mistress of Brice. When Brice accidentally
murders her, Farrell is afraid he will be the fall
guy. Trying to cover his tracks, Brice tries for
a cover-up, as he saw someone leaving her apartment
after the murder. He doesn't realize it was Farrell.
In any case, Brice puts Farrell in charge of the
investigation--an investigation to catch himself.
Though it fails to improve the original, it's still at least a decent version that doesn't denigrate it.
REVIEWED ON 4/20/2016 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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