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No Way Out

Published August 27, 2010

No Way Out

Film info

  • Title No Way Out
  • Directors
  • Year 1987
  • Run time
  • Genres
  • Tagline Is it a crime of passion, or an act of treason?

Navy intelligence officer Lt Farrell (Kevin Costner) is called into the Pentagon and assigned to investigate the murder of the Defence Secretary's mistress (Sean Young). Trouble is, Farrell was also having an affair with the dead woman and all the evidence he uncovers in his investigation seems to suggest that he was the killer. He claims he is being set up, but then he would say that wouldn't he?

Fast Facts

Title: No Way Out Director: Roger Donaldson Year: 1987 Run time: 1hr 50

Background Info

This popped up on the iPlayer, and I’ll be honest, I wasn’t keen. After one foiled attempt at watching A Few Good Men, seeing people in those crisp white navy suits makes me nervous. However, it’s Kevin Costner, and therefore it’s bound to be good. Eh-hem.

Live Blog

00:00:49 - Fantastic 80s graphics again. This time in gorgeous orange! 00:03:38 - Mr Costner looks so young! 00:04:03 - Is it possible to actually break a mug in your hands like that? 00:07:13 - Clapping with gloves on is rather ineffectual. 00:09:05 - How can people who don’t know each other hold a conversation like that? I don’t get it. 00:11:12 - This is very 80s. The saxophone, it’s always the saxophone. 00:14:57 - Do they really all wear matching baseball caps in the Navy? 00:24:39 - Is she always drunk or what? 00:28:22 - If this is some kind of promotion, they might have asked him how he felt about being taken off the boats. 00:31:57 - There’s a lot of men in suits. At least the navy ones are distinguishable because they wear shiny white suits. 00:36:05 - Uh oh, dodgy 80s sunglasses now as well. 00:39:41 - They’re keeping the boat all night! That guy will get in trouble with his boss. 00:42:11 - He went out the back so he does love her really. 00:44:39 - Worst falling over a balcony acting I have ever seen. 00:48:32 - He’s very thorough in his clean up, I feel he may have done that before. 00:53:02 - I don’t quite understand why the Navy are getting involved in a murder investigation. 01:00:21 - It’s funny he has to pick up a whole other phone to get another line. 01:10:39 - He was chasing them, then I blinked, and now he’s being chased. 01:11:20 - This music is a bit Batman. I’m expecting a Pow, Biff any second. 01:14:10 - He ended the chase scene with his face in another man’s crotch. Graceful. 01:33:15 - Oh no, don’t trust him! People should never assume who other people’s friends are. 01:33:37 - He’s going in the vent. Die Hard here we come. 01:34:44 - I wouldn’t trust that guy. His eyes are bugging out. **01:40:11 **- Woah, politicians do have a conscience. 01:42:09 - That was a bit more graphic than I’d have liked. 01:45:10 - A twist! 01:46:00 - He can go into hiding and live with Nina. Job done.

Conclusions

This was actually surprisingly good. It took a while to get going, setting up all the people, their relationships with each other and how they would come into contact once the deed was done - which wasn’t until halfway through the film. But once it picked up, it was pretty good, and I wasn’t expecting the twist at the end, which was a bonus. Gooo Costner!

Rating: 45

Rating: Unrated

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