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88 Minutes (2007)

Crime | 108 minutes
3,24 1.734 votes

Genre: Crime / Thriller

Duration: 108 minuten

Country: United States / Germany / Canada

Directed by: Jon Avnet

Stars: Al Pacino, Alicia Witt and Leelee Sobieski

IMDb score: 5,9 (78.469)

Releasedate: 14 February 2007

88 Minutes plot

"He has 88 minutes to solve a murder. His own."

Successful forensic psychiatrist and university professor Jack Gramm (Al Pacino) has supported the FBI in the trial of serial killer Jon Forster (Neil McDonough). When the psychopath is sentenced to death, he claims the trial was unfair. Forster points the accusing finger at Gramm. On the eve of the execution, Jack receives a call from someone who tells him he has only 88 minutes to live. With the help of the FBI, Jack hurries to find a new serial killer who uses the same methods as Jon.

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BjornH

  • 174 messages
  • 453 votes

Well... what a dragon of an Al Pacino movie. We are used to him much, much better, since he has proven in Heat that he can perfectly portray his characters in such thrillers :S.
The first half of the movie was really creepy. All the tick-tack happenings and the man-fight-time-travel genre started to really piss me off. In addition, I didn't think any actor made a good impression. Not even Al Pacino, who really acted like a corpse.

Fortunately, the second part of the film still made up for it, mainly due to the tension and the plot twists. As jawadadadediededoe or something below me also said, I thought the role of that one ex was weird and didn't bring any addition to the plot. In addition, I think that McDonough should really stop acting, or at least play in decent productions, because since Band of Brothers he has performed completely fine in my opinion. And that while he was one of my favorites there.

1* for the cringe-inducing first part
3* for the nice second part
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So makes 2* if I'm not mistaken.

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Demini

  • 56 messages
  • 97 votes

A study example of how you can completely screw up a reasonably good story idea by: Poorly developed screenplay, soap-level acting, TV-movie-like settings and photography, the lack of a decent soundtrack and a director who even agrees with Al Pacino. movie still can't save...

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FlorisV

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  • 709 votes

Worthy formula work. There are much better genre films (I'm thinking something like Copy Cat) and the 88 minute time constraint feels artificial.

Also not very atmospheric as it has a rushed pace. A lot of beautiful ladies are thrown into the mix for the entertainment, of which too many characters remain too sketchy. Alicia Witt gets to play the stunning champion beauty and fortunately also gets a little more background.

Pacino has clearly just returned from a sunny vacation (or winter sports?), with pale sunglasses contouring his eyes. He can do a part like this in his sleep and real Pacino fans will prefer to see him in hefty acting as Glengarry Glenn Ross. Real fireworks do not come, the scenes do not lend themselves to that, it is mainly running back and forth.

The plot is quite nice but also clearly set up for the necessary (somewhat excessively present) twists, helped by a typical tempo that belongs to suspension of disbelief. But all in all quite an enjoyable bite. Approved as a snack.

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