9 December 2013

Nick of Time

Nick of Time 1995
  • Director: John Badham
  • Based on book: no.
  • Cast: Johnny Depp, Christopher Walken, Charles S. Dutton, Roma Maffia, Marsha Mason, Peter Strauss, Gloria Rueben
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor/actress in:
    • Johnny Depp  Nightmare on Elm Street, Platoon, Slow Burn, Cry-Baby, Edward Scissorhands, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Arizona Dream, Benny and Joon, Ed Wood, Don Juan DeMarco, Dead Man, Donnie Brasco, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Ninth Gate, The Astronaut’s Wife, Sleepy Hollow, The Man Who Cried, Chocolat, Blow, From Hell, Lost in La Mancha, Pirates of the Caribbean (all four of them), Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Secret Window, Finding Neverland, Libertine, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sweeney Todd, The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, Public Enemies, Alice in Wonderland, The Tourist
    • Christopher Walken – Romance and Cigarettes, Catch Me If You Can, Sleepy Hollow, Suicide Kings, Blast from the Past, The Addiction, Pulp Fiction, True Romance, Sarah Plain and Tall, Deer Hunter
    • Charles S. Dutton - Honeydripper, Secret Window, Homicide Life on the Street, Alien 3
    • Roma Maffia – Holes, Double Jeopardy
    • Marsh Mason – The Good-bye Girl
    • Peter Strauss – Rich Man Poor Man
    • Gloria Rueben – Homicide Life on the Streets
  • Why? Johnny Depp. Twelfth movie of JD marathon.
  • Seen: Twice.  Now: December 6, 2013.

        The story is not altogether likely but it is pretty exciting.
       Our mild-mannered hero, JD himself, again an accountant, is blackmailed through the kidnapping of his small daughter into assassinating the governor. He has one hour to do it or his daughter dies.  He’s watched constantly so getting help is not an option.
       JD as a dad in a suit, wire-rimmed glasses and a dorky haircut is not as enthralling as his Edward, Gilbert, Sam, Don Juan or Bill Blake but he’s convincingly shocked, incredulous, scared, rebellious and calculative.
       The star of the show though – I have to admit it – is not JD in spite of his top billing. It’s Christopher Walken. No one can just stand around staring and be as creepy as Walken.  Here he’s just a normal, easy-going, smooth-talking killer and he’s terrifying.
       Roma Maffia as his partner, cool street smart, gum-cracking (does she actually chew gum or is my memory just adding this for effect?), is so laid back that the kidnapped little kid doesn’t suspect a thing.
       This is good Friday evening excitement. But not more.

2 ½  * of 5


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