As a result of the release in other countries a year ago of the crime thriller 88 Minutes it is already out on DVD and the internet. Al Pacino plays a college professor and a forensic psychologist for the F.B.I who receives a phone call telling him that he has only 88 minutes to live. It seems that a testimony he gave 9 years earlier of a serial killer is what is putting his life at risk along with everyone around him. Al Pacino tries to add some creditability to this film but while some performances by the rest of the cast are tolerable others overplays their roles. He is almost 70 years old and he has college girls chasing him like dogs after a piece of meat. (Maybe they are all blind or just desperate.) It takes expert calibration for a film like this to succeed. Instead the characters perform actions that are impossible in the time constraints allowed. There must have been close to 88 plot holes and 88 phone calls throughout the movie. Maybe they should have called it “88 Phone Calls”. Now that I have all of that off my chest it does move at a good pace and I didn’t see anybody leaving the theater. (No pun intended.) I’m being generous when I give this film a C- rating.
This movie has been given a R rating by the MPAA
Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.