Nick of Time

Skirt or jeans? Take the highway or the road less traveled? “I Do” or “Sorry, I Don’t!”- we as humans make decisions every day that affect how our day, our lives, pan out. It’s a self-conflict we’ve dealt with from the beginning of time, back to when Eve had to decide whether or not to eat the poisonous apple. Sometimes these vexing verdicts can be so anxiety-inducing it makes the conclusions that much more difficult to reach. Even when the decision needs to be made by another person or even a movie character, we get that ounce of second-hand anxiety of having to decree the declaration. A fine example of such is in the movie “Nick Of Time”, where Mr. Gene Watson (portrayed by Johnny Depp) must make a crucial decision. On his way to a presumed business meeting, Watson and his daughter are approached by Mr. Smith and Ms. Jones; the apparently normal pair are pretending to be police detectives and force Watson and his daughter to come with them in the van. The dilemma is quickly presented when Mr. Smith explains to Watson that he must take a gun and kill the Governor at her meeting in a nearby hotel by 1:30 pm. If he fails to do so or tries to contact the police, Ms. Jones will be in the van where she will kill his daughter. So evidently, Watson has to make a life-altering decision: kill the innocent and important Governor and become a murder to save his daughter’s life, or risk his daughter’s life by not following the blackmailers’ orders. The entirety of the rest of the movie is Watson having to make decisions: who can he trust, should he tell the governor the couple’s malicious intentions, should he contact the police to save his daughter, etc. In the end, Watson informs the governor of the plans to assassinate her and tries to help her along with some of the hotel staff. When it’s time to shoot her, he instead shoots errantly to cause chaos and have everyone evacuate. Within the confusion, Watson attempts to make a run for the van to rescue his daughter and does so after some classic end-of-film obstacles. Gene Watson, in a storm of immense pressure and stress I might add, was forced to make a difficult decision and he chose to do everything in his power to save his daughter. I agree extensively with his choice and the steps he made to come to his conclusion. Watson, in simple terms, chose the love for his daughter over his good name and becoming a killer. I am a firm believer in listening to your heart rather than your brain, and this is exactly what Watson illustrated with his thinking, along with his undying love for his daughter- showing how important family is. I think Watson struggled with this decision throughout the movie, as he didn’t want to become a murderer of an innocent person and didn’t want to get caught doing it. That’s something everybody would have to wrap their mind around a couple of times. But in the end, the love for his daughter came before all else, and I can’t say I would have done any different.

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