This thriller starring Al Pacino keeps viewers guessing until the end. Pacino plays forensic psychiatrist Dr. Jack Gramm. Nine years after his testimony helped convict a serial murderer, Dr. Gramm gets a phone call telling him that he only has 88 minutes left to live. The rest of the movies consists of Pacino running around trying to prove his theory that the murderer he put away nine years ago is behind the threat. But how can that particular psychopath be the mastermind, when he is on death row awaiting his execution that same night?
I love mysteries, but “88 Minutes” is just not satisfying, and I think I know why. What makes mysteries so enjoyable, whether in movie or book form, is trying to piece together all the clues to figure out who-dun-it. But in “88 Minutes,” there almost aren’t any clues!
Pacino’s character is therefore lost in trying to figure out what’s going on. The ending seems to surprise Dr. Gramm as much as the movie-going audience.
“88 Minutes” cannot be awarded our Dove Seal due to the violent theme, as well as the language, nudity and sexual content.