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88 Minutes (2007)

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On the day that a serial killer that he helped put away is supposed to be executed, a noted forensic psychologist and college professor receives a call informing him that he has 88 minutes left to live.

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Jon Avnet
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Al Pacino ... Jack Gramm
Alicia Witt ... Kim Cummings
Leelee Sobieski ... Lauren Douglas
Amy Brenneman ... Shelly Barnes
William Forsythe ... Frank Parks
Deborah Kara Unger ... Carol Lynn Johnson
Ben McKenzie ... Mike Stempt (as Benjamin McKenzie)
Neal McDonough ... Jon Forster
Leah Cairns ... Sara Pollard
Stephen Moyer ... Guy LaForge
Christopher Redman ... Jeremy Guber
Trilby Glover ... Defense Attorney
Damien Leake ... The Judge
Brendan Fletcher ... Johnny D'Franco
Michael Eklund ... J.T. Rycker
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Storyline

In Seattle, the successful forensic psychiatrist and college professor Jack Gramm is in evidence since he was responsible for the condemnation of the serial killer Jon Forster, influencing the jury to sentence him to the death row. Jon accuses Jack of manipulation, inducing one witness and sister of one of his victims to testify against him. On the eve of Jon's execution, Jack receives a phone call telling him that he has only eighty-eight minutes of life, while a killer is copycatting Jon, killing women with the same "modus-operandi" and is investigated by Seattle Slayer Task Force. With the support of associate Shelly Barnes, an FBI agent, his friend Frank Parks, and his assistant Kim Cummings, Jack investigates some weird and problematic students, a security guard of the campus and the woman with whom he had one night stand. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Time is running out. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing violent content, brief nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

18 April 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

88 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,957,216, 20 April 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$16,930,884, 18 May 2008
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film runs in "real time" meaning that at the moment Jack Gramm is first told he has only 88 minutes to live, the remaining running time of the motion picture until the identity of the person who set Gramm up is exactly 88 minutes. See more »

Goofs

When Jack finds out the Mariners score, he has 76 minutes left, meaning the time is around 10:30 am. The Seattle score is on the bottom, which means they are playing at home. MLB games never start before noon. See more »

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[first lines]
Kate: Look at me. Look at the kite.
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Alternate Versions

There are at least two BluRay versions that end with Jack telling Forster he has 12 hours to live. So both without the scene afterwards about Forsters death. The run times of these two versions differ by several minutes (~1:47 vs ~1:51). In the longer version, while some scenes are actually cut drastically, many other scenes contain a lot of extra dialogue. The differences in scenes are thus bigger than the differences in runtime. See more »

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Spoofed in Saturday Night Live: Michael Phelps/Lil' Wayne (2008) See more »

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Ms. New Booty
Written by Mr. Collipark (as Michael Antoine Crooms), D. Roc (as Deongelo Holmes),
Kaine (as Eric Von Jackson Jr.), Bubba Sparxxx (as Warren Anderson Mathis)
Performed by Bubba Sparxxx
Published by EMI Blackwood Music Inc. (BMI) / Soar Loser Music (BMI) / Collipark Music, Inc. (BMI) / EWC Music (BMI) / Da Crippler Music (BMI)
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Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Lost potential
4 January 2010 | by moviesleuth2See all my reviews

Real-time thrillers have an inborn sense of urgency that other thrillers can't replicate: we see everything happen as it is happening, and thus we are with the characters every step of the way. I'll be willing to admit that making this kind of a movie would be hard to pull off, since every shot has to be perfectly placed, and no scene can really be edited out. However, we should be able to expect a film that's better than this, especially if it stars acting legend Al Pacino.

Dr. Jack Gramm (Al Pacino) is a forensic psychologist who is famous for putting a serial killer named John Forrester (Neal McDonaugh) on death row based solely on his own testimony. Yeas later, as Forrester is about to go to the death chamber, Gramm gets a call saying he has 88 minutes to live. Thus begins a race against time as Gramm tries to solve his own murder before time runs out.

This film had promise. Flashes of it surface as everyone is running around scared that they're next to die (if you see the movie, which I don't recommend, you'll understand). Unfortunately, this is not kept up. The biggest reason why this is is because the script is terrible. And when I say terrible, I mean TERRIBLE. This is like high school age stuff. It seems to have been written and directed by high schoolers.

But the worst part is that all the characters are extremely stupid. Apparently they are all college students, but everyone has a lower IQ than the lead characters in "Dumb and Dumber." I'll admit that mainstream crowds are hard to please. Not everyone is a Mensa member, and that's why we only get movies like "Michael Clayton" every once in a while. On the other hand, they're not as dumb as studios think they are, which is why critics trash movies for their lack of intelligence. They like new IDEAS, not the same story told different ways.

The acting is as good as can be asked for with a script like this. I'd wonder why Al Pacino would be here, except that the answer is obvious: he was paid a lot of money. Cast a famous actor in a movie and people come in droves, no matter how bad it is. To be sure, I don't think that Al Pacino can give a bad performance, but this doesn't measure of to Michael Corleone. Alicia Witt would steal the film if she didn't have some of the worst dialogue I've ever heard. Neal McDonaugh has a few chilling moments (surprisingly). Leelee Sobieski, Amy Brenneman, Deborah Kara Unger, William Forsythe, and Benjamin McKenzie (in a role that was obviously meant as a crossover from "The OC" to film, but the justifiably delayed release prevented it from happening) are all on hand, but no one really leaves an impression.

I'll admit that I couldn't guess the villain before the end, and that's why I was so generous (this is not a good movie). What happens after is shockingly mishandled. But it is not worth it, even for that. To get there, you have to get through stupid characters, godawful dialogue, and inert "suspense." Trust me, you want to skip this one.


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