First things first – let’s lay out the dirty linen: I avoided this thing during normal waking hours, given the ‘noir’ log-line and the Jim Belushi principal. But between 3 and 5 am, this film was pure gold. Sometimes things just work out that way, especially if you miss the first 10-20 minutes, as I did; years of insomniac viewing have taught me that some beginnings are better missed than seen.
Such was my approach to ‘One Way Out’ – and it paid off.
How could I have expected Jim Belushi to pull off a Michael Chiklis-like transformation and play a corrupt cop, caught between a rock and a hard place? In fact, the performance is so compelling that it threw me off of the main arc of the plot: While the story may be a bit formulaic, Belushi’s performance is a wonderful distraction – I didn’t even see the denouement coming, until I was watching it on screen. [Read more →]