But it wasn't so; it was an isolated scene. The atmosphere around the time fading until Jack's death is overwhelming; there isn't a moment in which the viewer won't be excited, waiting for the next move. Otherwise he wouldn't survive for 10 minutes, let alone 88. A naked woman stretches her leg up to her head -- viewers see non-explicit profile from middle distance, emulating Pacino's character's point of view she's was his one-night stand. Shelly, an openly gay character, appears in flashback kissing a woman; no nudity, but the film suggests that she has sex with her. This movie uses time to create some urgency and a fairly fast pace to keep interest.
Kim calls again, instructing Gramm to come to another nearby location on campus, where he finds Carol hanging over a seventh floor balcony; Kim is tied up and gagged nearby, held at gun point by Lauren. Characters drink, get drunk, and talk about drinking. Jack Gramm, a forensic psychiatrist known for handling cases of serial killers. Violent imagery includes women being tortured: The killer likes to leave them hanging upside down in their underwear, blood dripping from deep cuts. In '88 minutes' Al Pacino plays Dr. Gramm receives another phone threat while teaching and becomes suspicious of his students, particularly Mike Stempt.
When Forster calls asking to speak with Lauren, Gramm informs him of Lauren's death. The script by Garry Scott Thompson is embarrassingly, abysmally awful. To underline his pain or exacerbate viewers' , the film shows repeated close-ups from crime scenes -- bloody bodies, frightened faces, etc. Read on for a listing of streaming and cable services - including rental, purchase, and subscription options - along with the availability of '88 Minutes' on each platform. The group released the film in the United States theatrically on April 18, 2008, through. It focuses on a cat-and-mouse game between a serial killer and the doctor responsible for sending him to death row: The contest is irrational on both sides, leading to aggression and murder.
The characters are one dimensional, the plot trodding on all-too-familiar themes, and the acting is abysmal. The latest victim, Dale Morris, is revealed to be a former psychology student of Gramm's; they attended the same party the night before. Serial killings in which women are hung upside down from the ceiling and brutalized. In the first place, the initial scene is absolutely unnecessary and predisposed me into thinking the film was going to be a huge mistake, where Al would be behaving like a young man, which is kind of ridiculous at his age. A woman is shot in her chest bloody , then falls from great height and lands with a thud; blood pools under her head on the ground. And why does Jack's teaching assistant Alicia Witt feel the need to bring up wanting a relationship with him right in the middle of them running for their lives? Moving on, the Pacino character meets with the D.
Classroom discussions of murder and serial killers. It's an out-of-the-park homerun as far as retarded goes. A woman is hung by her legs while a man cuts and rapes her. His investigation which moves strangely slowly, given the ticking-clock set up leads to many suspects, including students at the university where he teaches, his teaching assistant Kim , ethereal colleague Carol Deborah Kara Unger , and a young man on a motorcycle. This isn't the best psychological thriller. On the day of his execution, he receives a phone call from Forster, who tells Graham he only has 88 minutes to live.
Believing that Forster couldn't possibly acting alone, Graham narrows his accomplices down to two suspects: a disgruntled student, Mike Stempt Benjamin McKenzie , and a jilted one-night-stand, Sara Pollard Leah Cairns. Fans of his will wish they never saw it. Overall '88 minutes' is a good thriller, but I'd recommend it mostly for Pacino fans. Has he met his match? A fire alarm is triggered by the sudden onset of smoke and the shooter flees through the crowd outside. It seems like that's been lost lately.
Gramm's testimony and are crucial in the conviction of Forster for the attempted killing of Janie Cates and the murder of her sister Joanie, who was drugged, hanged upside down and killed after the killer invaded the sisters' apartment. Bomb threat at school empties the buildings and creates havoc on campus. 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. Al Pacino plays a hardcore guy in most of his films, that is usually what makes them great. Oh, not only that, but he receives an anonymous phone call telling him he has 88 minutes to live. It's amateur night at the script-o-rama. Al's acting isn't special; at times I felt like he was numb, sleep-walking, with no reactions whatsoever, but his acting does get better throughout the film, as the suspense gets more intense the interesting part is he does show that old energy from his classic films every now and then.
He badgers his students, repeatedly puts Kim in danger, and still finds time to help a little old lady -- apparently a sign of his compassion, but it's so incongruous that it seems silly. Parents need to know that this dark thriller isn't meant for kids. In 2007 the film was released in various European countries. That changes as everything falls apart around him in just over an hour. On the eve of Forster's execution, one of Gramm's students is murdered in a vicious copycat crime, and Gramm himself receives an ominous message informing him that he has less than 90 minutes to live. Released April 18th, 2008, '88 Minutes' stars , , , The R movie has a runtime of about 1 hr 47 min, and received a score of 17 out of 100 on Metacritic, which put together reviews from 27 respected critics.
In the stairwell, Gramm encounters one of his students, Lauren Douglas , attacked by an unknown assailant and reports the assault to campus security. The story is a bit extreme, but the pace really did help me not to question that too much in the final analysis. He gets deep into every little detail in his parts, which is why each character looks and acts so different from one another. The movie starts the day a serial killer who was convicted based on his testimony is about to executed. External Link: 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. I was going to review the acting but since this is running longer than I expected, I just want to say that Pacino sleeps through the role and gets his paycheck and Leelee Sobieski is one of the cheesiest and phoniest people I've ever seen act.
Sadly, neither man comprehends the lunacy of the plot, leaving that awful knowledge for their audience. It's so startlingly, unconscionably bad that after the first couple scenes, I was fascinated with the depths it was willing to sink too. This time, a convicted psycopath is hours away from his death and raises doubts on Jack's veredict on him, claiming he's innocent, and Jack receives a call warning him he has 88 minutes to live. A investigating the Jon Forster case in the next scene. Scenes show a victim in her underwear, blood dripping down her neck and splattered on her face; a couple of scenes show a murder in process scalpel and wheel-cutter are used, and they blood they draw is shown. It sucks because to me, one of the greatest things about Al is his great capacity in characterization.