Billingsley's Comic Talents AppreciatedBy Michelle
September 12, 2003 - 9:07 PM
John Billingsley is earning attention by film critics for his performance in Out of Time, a detective thriller starring Denzel Washington.
Washington plays the chief of police in a small town in Key West, Florida, who finds after a murder that most of the evidence points to himself. He must stay one step ahead of his estranged wife, who is investigating. Billingsley plays "a slacker medical examiner who becomes [Washinton's] sidekick in crime", according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Stating that "Billingsley is wonderful" and "serves as the film's comic relief", reviewer Kirk Honeycutt also praised the homage to other movies in the noir genre and said Out of Time "contains a number of well-orchestrated sequences where that one step [ahead] shortens to a half-step."
StarTrek.com reports that Daily Variety took note of Billingsley as well, saying that the actor "delivers variable comic relief."
Out of Time, which also stars Dean Cain and Eva Mendes, opens in the U.S. on October 3rd but was screened this week at the Toronto International Film Festival. The movie's official web site is here and contains a photo of Billingsley.