Reminiscent of Se7en,
this thriller stars Cuba Gooding Jr. (Best Actor in a Supporting Role,
Jerry Maguire) as Lewis Hicks, a crime writer who has
definitely hit the bottom of the barrel after his separation with his
wife. Without much going in his life, Hicks continues to investigate
real-world crimes to continue writing when he's not drinking.
Fortunately for Hicks,
he is well connected with law enforcement who on occasion have given him
some information to assist with his writing. Things soon turn even worse
for Hicks when he crosses paths with Keech (Neal McDonough), a serial
killer who brings our crime writer into his game.
However when Hicks
discovers the newly mutilated body of this new girlfriend, he uncovers
the killers journals that lists a string of murders that have yet to
have happened. As he uncovers more, his investigation soon leads him
into a prime suspect of law officials as he must find the killer before the
unsurmountable evidence buries him once and for all.
The unfortunate aspect
of Ticking Clock is that the movie puts all its cards on the table way
too soon as all the characters have been established that forces the
movie to become a game of cat and mouse as opposed to a real
psychological thriller. Best described, Ticking Clock
is filler move that never tries to break its clichéd premise and tries a
little too hard for its own good, especially with its loose plot holes
and even the actors who seem to be somewhere else.
The video quality of Ticking Clock is quite a dark movie in terms of its
settings but the images are sharp and clear. Colours when used are
bright and we could only detect a few errors that did not deter from the
film. Audio is good, although there are no real stand-out moments.
Levels are quite perfect and work well with the dialogue, music and
sound effects. There are no special features included in this release.
All in all, Ticking
Clock feels like a standard thriller telemovie that unfortunately let
the cat out of the bag too early.