Review: ‘No Way Out’

No Way Out is an effective updating and revamping of the 1948 film noir classic The Big Clock, also based on Kenneth Fearing's novel of that name.

No Way Out is an effective updating and revamping of the 1948 film noir classic The Big Clock, also based on Kenneth Fearing’s novel of that name.

Film is set primarily in the Pentagon, with heroic Kevin Costner cast as a Lt Commander assigned to the Secretary of Defense (Gene Hackman), acting as liaison to the CIA under Hackman’s righthand man Will Patton.

Costner has a torrid love affair with good-time girl Sean Young ended when she is murdered by her other lover, Hackman. Costner recognizes his boss in the shadows but Hackman sees only an unidentified figure. Hackman starts a cover-up to find the unidentified man he saw leaving the apartment. Costner is put in charge of the top-security investigation to catch himself.

Costner is extremely low key while Hackman glides through his role and Patton dominates his scenes overplaying his villainous hand. Young is extremely alluring as the heroine.

No Way Out

Production

Orion. Director Roger Donaldson; Producer Laura Ziskin, Robert Garland; Screenplay Robert Garland; Camera John Alcott; Editor Neil Travis; Music Maurice Jarre; Art Director Dennis Washington

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1987. Running time: 116 MIN.

With

Kevin Costner Gene Hackman Sean Young Will Patton Howard Duff George Dzundza
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