Dennis Quaid stars in this flashy remake of a 1950 film noir thriller.

The opening scene, in which his jaded English professor goes into a police station to report his own murder, gets things off to a cracking start. He has a stomach full of slow-acting poison and a couple of days to find his killer. Quaid is on top form and Meg Ryan is also good as a student who reluctantly helps him wade through shoals of red herrings to root out the truth.

Directors Rocky Morton and Annabel Jankel fill the screen with too many stylistic flourishes, but the thriller aspects of the film are well handled, with plenty of twists and turns and a good assortment of shifty types, including Charlotte Rampling, Daniel Stern, Christopher Neame, Robin Johnson and Brion James.