Original: The Big Clock (1948)
Director: Roger Donaldson
Stars: Kevin Costner, Sean Young, Gene Hackman, Will Patton, George Dzundza

Every Hollywood star has that one performance, that one film role responsible for kick-starting his or her career into overdrive. For Kevin Costner, it was No Way Out, in which he plays a Naval officer caught up in the murder investigation of a woman with whom he recently fornicated. As it turns out, she was the mistress of the U.S. Secretary of Defense (Gene Hackman), meaning that Costner’s character plunges knee-deep into a real shit-storm.

The twists hit hard, the acting is solid across the board, and the political themes are all used to great effect, giving the overall sensation of paranoia some Big-Brother-esque implications.