HOME |  JOIN |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
Birth of the Dragon
Revenge of the Pink Panther
Thelma
Stratton
February
Taking of Beverly Hills, The
Marjorie Prime
Hotel Salvation
Mangler, The
Shiraz
Mercy, The
Kickboxer: Retaliation
Molly Maguires, The
Party, The
Dante's Peak
Housemaid, The
Vendetta
Brimstone
Boys in the Trees
Once Were Warriors
Red Planet Mars
Blade Runner 2049
Devil's Express
Belko Experiment, The
Flashback
War of the Arrows
One-Trick Pony
Cloverfield Paradox, The
Beach Rats
In Between
   
 
Newest Articles
They're All Messed Up: Night of the Living Dead vs Land of the Dead
The House, Black Magic and an Oily Maniac: 3 from 70s Weird Asia
80s Meet Cute: Something Wild vs Into the Night
Interview with The Unseen Director Gary Sinyor
Wrong Forgotten: Is Troll 2 Still a Thing?
Apocalypse 80s UK: Threads and When the Wind Blows
Movie Flop to Triumphant TV Revival: Twin Peaks and The League of Gentlemen
Driving Force: The Golden Age of American Car Chases
Madness in his Method: Jim Carrey and Andy Kaufman
Music, Love and Flowers: Monterey Pop on Blu-ray
   
 
  No Way Out The Wrong ManBuy this film here.
Year: 1987
Director: Roger Donaldson
Stars: Kevin Costner, Gene Hackman, Sean Young, Will Patton, Howard Duff, George Dzundza, Jason Bernard, Iman, Fred Dalton Thompson, Leon Russom, Dennis Burkley, Marshall Bell, Chris D., Michael Shillo, Nicholas Worth, Leo Geter, Matthew Barry, David Paymer
Genre: Thriller
Rating:  7 (from 3 votes)
Review: Tom Farrell (Kevin Costner) is a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy, and now he is in hot water, being questioned for hours by two C.I.A. agents about the events of the past six months. Going back to the start of the trouble, he had been invited by his old friend Scott Pritchard (Will Patton), who was an aide to the Defense Secretary David Brice (Gene Hackman), to meet people at this dinner, and had gone along not expecting much. But someone there did catch his eye, and after being effectively dismissed by an uninterested Brice, that was a compensation - and the start of his nightmare.

No Way Out was not a remake of the Sidney Poitier movie, er, No Way Out, but was a remake of The Big Clock, a neat little thriller from the forties that the screenwriter of this, Robert Garland, updated to be set in the world of American security, as much of it took place at The Pentagon. It became as well known for a scene set in a limousine as it was for its twists and turns, and the rumour was that hiring of such vehicles saw a rise in popularity when audiences got a load of Costner and co-star Sean Young getting it on in the back of one. But that part was only setting up the relationship - Farrell meets Young's Susan Atwell at that do - that causes him his problems.

Susan is working for Brice, you see, and he doesn't know that after he gives Farrell a job in light of his recent bravery award that the sailor is seeing Susan. Why is it important? Because Brice is having an affair with her, and he is far more powerful than Farrell will ever be, casting a shadow over his love for Susan because Brice has a lot more to lose if the affair is broken off, or discovered for that matter. It's the set up to what should have been a nailbiting thriller in light of how this turns out, but for some reason it doesn't work out that way, probably because if it was not for the script this would be bland fare indeed, with a notable lack of oomph to its machinations.

There are odd rewards, as Costner seems to think he's in a better film than he is, and gives it his full man under pressure stylings, but the film is not stolen by Hackman, who almost seems reasonable when he should really be the boo hiss baddie, but by Patton as the obsequious Pritchard. Apparently a strong influence on Smithers from The Simpsons, he is about as far gone in love with his boss as he can be without actually coming out of the closet, with the power that Brice is commanding the ultimate career aphrodisiac for this weaselly little man, played with much-appreciated relish by Patton. He brightens up every scene he's in throughout a film that is erring on the side of leaving out any ominous atmosphere that might have been to its benefit.

A sign that this was made in the eighties is that the story is in the thrall of computers, for a major subplot relies on one, although probably scuppering the idea of any remake using the same ideas, because the photo enhancing software in this takes hours to do its task, whereas now it would take seconds. Nevertheless, it does buy Farrell time when he knows it's his face on the incriminating snap and he's desperately trying to find other evidence that will nail the true evildoer and exonerate him, something that another computer is helping him with very slowly as it prints out a list of gifts that has recorded Brice's little trinket and therefore will have him bang to rights. If it were not for the occasional highlight, No Way Out would be middling at best, and only really springs into life in its last half hour, but even then is sabotaged by an unnecessary, illogical twist that they couldn't resist plonking on the end out of the blue. Music by Maurice Jarre.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 1530 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which film has the best theme song?
Spectre
The Ups and Downs of a Handyman
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
The Elix
Graeme Clark
Darren Jones
Enoch Sneed
Paul Smith
Jason Cook
  Andrew Irvine
Ian Phillips
   

 

Last Updated: