Kevin Costner had done a handful of supporting roles by 1987, even a couple roles that got him some attention in Silverado and American Flyers. But 1987 was Costner’s year. That year Costner starred in Brian DePalma’s The Untouchables opposite Robert DeNiro and opposite Gene Hackman in No Way Out. He would follow those up with Bull Durham and Field of Dreams cementing his place in Hollywood as an A List star. While all of these films have been readily available on Blu-ray for a while now, No Way Out has just arrived thanks to Shout Factory.
Costner plays US Navy officer Tom Farrell who has just accepted a new position at the Pentagon reporting directly to the Secretary of Defense David Brice (Hackman). But when he starts a torrid affair with a local woman named Susan Atwell (Sean Young) he initially has no idea she is actually Brice’s mistress. And when she turns up dead, Farrell is put in charge of finding her killer. The problem is, their affair has left evidence of their relationship that might make Farrell a prime suspect.
No Way Out is just a flat out amazing thriller. First off the cast is just phenomenal with not only Costner and Hackman but also Sean Young, George Dzundza, Will Patton, Iman, and Fred Dalton Thompson. Then throw in that it is directed by the criminally underrated Roger Donaldson, who also directed Cocktail, White Sands, Dante’s Peak, The World’s Fastest Indian, The Bank Job and The November Man. Finish it off with a fast paced, nerve shredding script that keeps the action moving fast and the tension high. No Way Out is a prime example of the excellent thrillers that came out of the late 80s and early 90s and is also a prime example of the qualities that made Costner a star. Highly recommended.