I’m seeing more TV movies and straight to video productions. This came out in 2013 from Incendo Productions and is streaming on Amazon Prime Video. It’s Time of Death, and there is no Wikipedia entry. Details are from IMDb. Here are the principal characters.
- Kathleen Robertson … Jordan Price
- Gianpaolo Venuta … Elliot Larken
- Sarah Power … Megan Welles
- Link Baker … Miles Hayden
- Daniel Fathers … Captain Vaughn
- Dean Armstrong … Vincent Delucas
- Christian Campbell … Nathan Loring
- Jonas Chernick … Perry Collins
- Terry Chen … Stephen Choi
- Nigel Bennett … Robert Loring
The opening scene shows Robert Loring, CEO of a major defense contractor, about to die. He is arrogant at first but is soon reduced to attempting negotiations with his killer. He contacts 911 and asks why the killer keeps checking the time. At 10:44 p.m. two shots from a pistol end the life of Robert Loring. This is going to be a murder mystery.
There is going to be sex, as well. Sizzling hot FBI agent Jordan Price is called in from Washington, D.C., just down the road from Baltimore. The feds are concerned the killing might have to do with a sensitive defense contract. The local police provide support in the form of newly minted Detective Elliot Larken. The two don’t hit it off. Price does not relish the prospect of working with a newbie. “How long have you been a detective?” “Since Tuesday.”
The murdered man’s son also works for the company, but he has taken the day off due to the death of his father. The two investigators speak to the two employees next in line of succession. The government contract is a make or break deal for the company, and both have an interest in maintaining continuity. The two are Miles Hayden and Vincent Delucas.
Suspicion falls on next in succession Nathan Loring. He is questioned at his residence.
Price and Larken conclude their first day on the case over a beer at a local pub. That leads inevitably to some frenzied sex in the back of the FBI car.
That matter out of the way the two spend the following day snooping around and generally exchanging guarded comments with sexual connotations. They figure to keep an eye on young Nathan, parking on the street beneath his high rise apartment. At 10:44 p.m. his body lands on a nearby parked car. A pattern is emerging, hence the title.
It’s a long drive back to D.C. for Price, and she agrees to bunk over at Larken’s place. Yes.
Stepping outside the following morning to resume work, Price runs into Police Captain Vaughn, who is Larken’s landlord. This is an uneasy situation.
The two confront ex-employee Stephen Choi. He left the company at an opportune time, prior to the death of the CEO. Too bad for him. When the two investigators notify him he will be charged with insider trading he bolts the meeting. A street chase ensues, and a motor vehicle strikes him down, dead.
The murders continue. Seconds prior to 10:44 p.m. the killer wakens Delucas with a tap to the head with a silenced pistol. The killer checks the time, and fires when the clock reads 10:44.
This is a real mystery. There is something significant about 10:44 p.m. Also, the murders have been committed in high rise buildings with sheer faces. The killer must be some kind of climber to have entered these places undetected.
Surprise! The investigators learn there is a connection between the Loring’s and the two top (one now deceased) executives. The son and the other two attended the same exclusive private school. Also, all were on medical leave when police investigated the death of a 15-year-old girl. The girl was in the foster care of a local woman, who gives them critical information. She asserts the girl was gang raped and killed by a group of four students: Loring, Delucas, Hayden, and another, Perry Collins. The girl was thrown to her death at a waterfall. The detectives are shown the girl’s watch. The face is cracked, and it is stopped at 10:44. Things are adding up. Critical is that well-heeled Robert Loring facilitated a police cover-up.
The dead girl had a younger sister, Megan Wells, who was in a separate foster care. The two track her down. She is a climber and a former Army ranger. A perfect suspect. She later phones in. She’s the killer. She witnessed the murder when she was ten years old. She saw the boys rape her sister, and she saw which one pushed her over the cliff. She is going after the remaining two.
Collins gets cold feet. The police are closing in. He meets with Hayden at a secluded place and tells him he intends to confess. Hayden sees the destruction of his life, and he kills Collins with a knife, leaving the body there.
The detectives tell Hayden they suspect him, and they will get the satellite data for his car navigator and prove he was at the murder scene. In the meantime Megan abducts Hayden and takes him to the scene of the crime, where the detective catch up. Megan threatens to kill Hayden, and Price puts a bullet into her head. Her body falls off the cliff, into the raging water. Satellite data will convict Hayden of Collins’ murder.
Price announces she plans to depart the FBI and take a local job in law enforcement. There are going to be more sleepovers to follow.
Yes, a straight forward murder mystery with a glaring technical hitch. Three times the detectives mention satellite data that will prove Hayden was at the scene of Collins’ murder. Some people, screen writers included, have the mistaken belief that GPS satellites track things on the ground. They do not. GPS navigators are receive-only. The police don’t need to check any satellite data. They need to check the car’s navigator, which likely has recorded a track log.
The killer enters high-rise offices and apartments by scaling the walls. No matter how good a climber you are, you can’t get in unless the windows can be opened, and modern buildings do not have windows that open.
Also, Choi is accused of insider trading. He flees. The detectives chase him. He dies. Wait. He is accused of insider trading. What’s the rush? He is going to go where? A needless and fatal chase for no reason other than to create some buzz in the plot.