I thought this was a pretty good movie. A suspenseful movie, Hitchcockianin that an innocent man gets involved in a deadly plot. An intriguing plotthat had me thinking what I would do in the situation. Christopher Walkenwas, as usual, creepy and Johnny Depp was believable. The rest of the castwas very competent. I'd advise renting it. Not a special effectsextravaganza but a nicely written fast moving movie.
I've read a lot of poor reviews for this movie. I don't understand it. Themove is very good, it's not a 5 star movie, but it's still good. JohnnyDepp (Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood) stars as an average guy whose wife hasjust recently died. One day on the way home, Depp and his daughter arekidnapped by two people, one of them being Christopher Walken (The DeerHunter, The Dead Zone). They tell him that his daughter will die if hedoesn't kill a certain person. He soon finds out that this person is theGovernor of his state. They give him a gun and tell him that if she's notdead by a certain time his daughter is dead. This is a great premise for asuspense movie and is carried out very well. The great Charles S. Dutton(Rudy, Mimic) plays a shoe-shiner who helps Depp. Depp is solid as thefather in a role that's different from a lot of his earlier roles. Thealways excellent Walken is, as usual, awesome as the bad guy, a role Ialways love to see him in. The film keeps you going, by offering a coupleof nice twists. Ignore the reviews and rent this movie.
Johnny Depp takes a break from his usual roles as outcasts, in this playinga clean-cut accountant who travels by train back to LA with his daughterafter the wake of his deceased ex-wife. Upon entering the station, 2 peopleshow him a police badge, take him into a van, and blackmail him intoassassinating the governor in one hour or else they'll kill hisdaughter. The remainder of the entire movie takes place in a hotel where the paranoidatmosphere gives clues about how big the conspiracy is and the politicalmotives behind it; with nearly everyone keeping their eye on him and verylittle time, he's faced with the difficult task of getting out of thissituation. A must-see if you like edge of your seat excitement and an excellent cast,with Depp (great as Gene Watson), Marsha Mason, Charles S. Dutton, andChristopher Walken, playing the most despicable bad guy since LaurenceOlivier in "Marathon Man".
"Nick of time" is directed by John Badham - man behind an amusing 70'sclassic "Saturday Night Fever". It was a funny and a jovial little flick butthis one goes maybe just a little bit further. "Nick of time" is a splendid,action-packed and entertaining thriller and it creates lots of excitement bypractically stealing good ideas from dozens of other thrillers but stillkeeping the own basic idea as unique as possible. Even though this isn'tactually the greatest movie of Johnny Depp or Christopher Walken (mostlybecause they've appeared in too many unforgettable masterpieces) it'simpossible to deny the fact that their roles in here are quiteamazing.Depp is great as an ordinary dad of a little girl who's facing the trial ofhis life and Walken has always been magnificent in the role of a villain.His mean performance as a blackmailer called Mr. Smith is just fabulous.Although "Nick of time" is basically an excellent stuff the idea of the filmis unfortunately way too unbelievable. Could this actually happen and isthis the way assassins work? Not necessarily... It won't bother too much ifyou just let the the increasing tension get a hold of you. Best thing ofthis movie is the fact that it's got absolutely nothing unnecessary in itand it certainly isn't over-long. Exquisite "Nick of time" is an interestingfilm and it does exactly what it's supposed to do. One of the mostfunctional and successful thrillers of the mid-90's.
I went to see this movie in the theater and I have to say that it is one ofthe most underrated films I have ever seen. This movie received a lot ofbadpress when it was released but I don't see how it was justified. The storyis great and it makes you nervous watching it unfold. You will know what Iam talking about if you see it. Christopher Walken gives another greatperformance as the "policeman" as he calls himself. Walken's voice is oneofthe best in the business. I highly recommend this movie if you want to beentertained with a great suspenseful film.