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No Way Out 1987
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  • Roger Donaldson
  • August 14, 1987
  • 114 mins
  • English
  • Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Romance, Crime
Is it a crime of passion, or an act of treason?
Navy Lt. Tom Farrell meets a young woman, Susan Atwell , and they share a passionate fling. Farrell then finds out that his superior, Defense Secretary David Brice, is also romantically involved with Atwell. When the young woman turns up dead, Farrell is put in charge of the murder investigation. He begins to uncover shocking clues about the case, but when details of his encounter with Susan surface, he becomes a suspect as well.

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This movie was a pretty taut thriller. Not 100% if "taut" applies here but assume so because it's only used to describe good thrillers. This took the usual turns until the last 5 minutes at which point I exclaimed WHAT to myself, alone on a futon, questioning my life at that moment as well as what just happened on screen. A quick read of its Wiki page cleared up the out of nowhere ending to the movie but failed to answer the other question. I'll keep looking.

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It takes quite a while to get going and the film is firmly rooted in the 80s, not just from a storyline perspective, but also in terms of its production. The only meaningful female role is poorly developed, although Young does her best with what she has and the relationship between her and Costner feels forced. The score is also dreadful. But once the main plot kicks in, this becomes an intriguing conspiracy thriller as Costner attempts to stay one step ahead of the investigation he is heading. Hackman is surprisingly low-key here, but Will Patton as his right-hand man and Costner's main antagonist is good value. It is also a film that is defined by its great ending, a scene that is surprisingly low-key in its delivery, but works extremely well in the context of the overall film. It's a shame that repeat viewings don't really offer much to reevaluate characters and plot points as a result but it still makes for a clever resolution.

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