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88 Minutes
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Reviewed on 2008-04-18
Received[1.5]  out of 4 stars
GenreAction / Adventure / Crime / Drama / Thriller
Tic Toc Doc, you have 88 Minutes to live. This is the phone message received by Dr. Jack Gramm (Al Pacino), a forensic scientist and college professor who has used his knowledge of serial killers to testify in cases and bring justice to those he finds to be guilty. One of these cases being that of the Seattle Slayer, a tormentor who slays his victims only after torturing. Once Jon Forster (Neal McDonough) is taken into custody one of his victims believes he is the slayer, but she can not be entirely sure. With the help of Dr. Grammís testimony and all the circumstantial evidence Jon is found guilty of the murders and eventually sentenced to death.

Several years pass, while Jon is on death row awaiting execution, when it comes down to the day of his execution strange happenings occur to Dr. Gramm. All beginning with the phone call stating he will be dead in 88 minutes. 88 minutes does have symbolization to the doctor which is revealed during the climax. As the tic of the clock winds down you see Dr. Gramm trying to solve his own murder, before it occurs. It becomes rather apparent that his death has been executed by the soon to be executed Jon Forster. Will Dr. Gramm beat the clock and solve his own murder?

Al Pacino offers a stealer performance, as always. The film had good intentions of being a psychological thriller, but in the end was a bit of a flop. The 88 minutes given for the doc to live in peril felt more like 88 hours. The film dragged out a tad too much and should have wrapped up sooner. The conclusion was unexpected, and disappointing. Without giving too much away all I can say is that it is a good thriller, but not a huge hit. I would recommend waiting for the DVD, that way you are not wasting your 88 minutes in a theatre on a beautiful spring day.

Review By: Jolene Mendez


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