The 2010 crime drama thriller “Ticking Clock” from Motion Picture Corporation of America was directed by Ernie Barbarash with the screenplay written by Jon Turman. Starring: Cuba Gooding Jr., Neal McDonough, Austin Abrams, Yancey Arias, Danielle Nicolet, Veronica Berry, Dane Rhodes and Angelena Swords.
Investigative reporter Lewis Hicks (Cuba Gooding Jr.) who has made a career from writing about crime suddenly finds himself accused when he finds girlfriend savagely murdered. Although there is no evidence to tie him to the killing, the police still consider him to be the number one suspect. Hicks cannot find any reason why his girlfriend would be the target of the murder and he decides to investigate the crime himself. Thinking that he owes it to his girlfriend to track down her killer, he is also thinking that this story could be his big break But he did not anticipate the events that would lead him to a fight for his own survival or expect to get pulled into a wicked and vicious web of intrigue with the killer Keene (Neal McDonough) as he begins his search for the truth.
Turning to police detective Lt. Gordon Becker (Dana Rhodes) for help, he begins to follow the clues and finds the notebook of the killer that lists all of the intended victims and the dates they will be killed. But Hicks is unaware that Keene knows he has the notebook. Now in a battle of wits and in a race against time to prove his innocence and to save the next victims, he finds that all trails of the clues lead to a nine year old orphan.
Hicks is at a loss to understand how the orphan relates to the murders and why the killer has selected these specific people. As the number of victims begin to increase, Hicks is convinced that somehow his girlfriend is the key to the puzzle.
When Keene contacts Hicks, he begins to not only fear for the lives of the victims listed in the notebook, but his own safety and sanity as well. Time is running out for the victims and Hicks is becoming more desperate to find Keene. Totally confused by his role in the killer’s drama and frustrated in his attempts to get the police to believe story, Hicks finds himself on a collision course with the killer which may lead him to becoming a murderer as well.