88 Minutes [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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Al Pacino looks startled through much of 88 Minutes, as though taken by surprise at being cast in a thriller that must have first passed across the desks of Clint Eastwood and Harrison Ford. Still, Pacino brings his usual oomph to the role of a Seattle forensic psychiatrist, whose testimony secured the death sentence for a crazy serial killer (Neal McDonough). Wouldn't you know it, the very day the killer is sentenced to die, a copycat "Seattle Slayer" is on the loose, and Pacino starts getting ominous phone calls telling him the exact time of his own death. Tick, tock: it's 88 minutes away. The film then serves up more red herrings than a Stalingrad fish fry, as possible culprits pop up every five minutes or so (among them an attractive group of med-school students played by Alicia Witt, Leelee Sobieski, and Benjamin McKenzie). Lapses in logic abound, but if you hunker down and zone in on Pacino's weary-eyed, ever-changing-haired professionalism, you can enjoy the goings-on. (Seattle's frequent stunt double, Vancouver, B.C., stands in as a location, and Jon Avnet supplies the slick direction. The cast is talented (including Amy Brenneman), leading you to guess that a lot of people will do anything just to work with Al Pacino. And you've got to admire Pacino' for sharing the screen with statuesque actresses such as Brenneman and Sobieski, they tower over him, but he still holds his own. --Robert Horton -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: DVD.
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Al Pacino is a forensic psychologist who gets a call telling him he has 88 minutes to live. Clues in the call tell him it is to do with a case from his past when his testimony was responsible for putting a man on death row. From there, we have predictable cat and mouse scenes, running around looking paranoid, head scratching and red herrings.. which all makes this sound more fun than it ultimately is. Don't get me wrong, as a time-passer this does the job - but if you figure out, as most people will, who is the `mystery' killer early on, the rest gets pretty mundane. Critically, the film can't make up its mind whether to try and be clever or not - it sets its stall as being all about this clever and insightful forensic psychologist, and bringing killers to justice through keenness of mind.. then in the same breath descends into schlocky running around and killing, with Pacino's character reduced to a leery old man completely lost and at the whim of the circumstances around him.
A wasted opportunity then, despite some interesting casting in the students Pacino is teaching.. here's hoping the cast, and I mean Pacino too, find some juicier roles in the future to help them shine.
This is not the worst film of the year by far, but it's a shame to rent or buy this when there are so many superior thrillers out there.
But the real issue is how does Hollywood think that showing graphic scenes of women being tortured and killed is 'entertainment'
i counted 6 'producers' of the film
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I have to say the film does keep you guessing, but overall it was a horrible watch with terrible script and...Read more
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