88 MINUTES is the type of film you watch for the actors. Al Pacino is in his usual acting form. He is Jack Gramm, a haunted
forensic psychologist, that receives a call on his cell phone that tells him he has 88 minutes to live. Meanwhile, someone
is killing in the same way that a serial killer (Neal McDonough) Jack helped put away (said serial killer will be executed
in 12 hours). Did Jack put away the wrong guy (Jack thinks not) or is their a copycat at work? Thus sets the premise for
the intriguing paranoid thriller known as 88 MINUTES. It keeps you guessing as Jack tries to find out who is setting him
up for a fall as the stakes continue to be raised. Who can he trust? Will he make it out alive? What thing in his past
is making him so haunted?
88 MINUTES is a better film for Al Pacino than RIGHTEOUS KILL (also starring Pacino and directed by Jon Avnet). RIGHTEOUS
KILL has problems with it's start and end where 88 MINUTES flows so much better.
audio commentary with director Jon Avent. Jon talks about the story and characters. It is amazing to see what they did in
a 39 day shoot on a small budget.
The alternate ending shows a few additional bits to the climax, but the biggest addition is that it goes beyond the theatrical
ending. It is debatable whether the alternate ending works better or 88 MINUTES ends at the right point. I go back and
forth on this one.
DIRECTOR'S POINT OF VIEW- Jon Avnet talks about the film's production, story, and the characters.
THE CHARACTER WITHIN- Al Pacino talks about playing Jack Gramm and gives praise for his fellow actors
FINAL ANALYSIS: 88 MINUTES is a good thriller vehicle for Al Pacino. Watch this instead of RIGHTEOUS KILL.
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