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88 Minutes (3/10)

by Tony Medley

Usually the thing that stands out about an Al Pacino movie is his overacting. Al will never be accused of seeming to be ďnaturalĒ in a film. But this thing looks as if they put the cast and crew together by handing out fliers on Hollywood Boulevard asking if anyone wants to write, direct, or act in a Hollywood movie.

This is such a convoluted, confusing story that tension never mounts. There are so many women involved in the telling that itís difficult to keep them straight. As a result itís almost impossible to try to figure out whodunit because itís almost impossible to figure out who is who.

Dr. Jack Gramm (Al Pacino) is a forensic psychiatrist in Seattle who starts getting telephone calls on his cell phone telling him, initially, that he has 88 minutes to live. Each succeeding call reduced the amount of time, apparently in real time. Unfortunately Director Jon Avnet has surrounded him with so many beautiful women, Kim Cummings (Alicia Witt), Lauren Douglas (Leelee Sobieski), Shelly Barnes (Amy Brenneman), and Carol Johnson (Deborah Carol Unger), and a few others, that I just couldnít figure any of them out.

Jack doesnít even seem concerned enough to inform the police, and he works with them all the time. The movie starts with him testifying against Jon Forster (Neal McDonough) and sending him to the death house for a horrific torture death. Nine years later, with Jon scheduled to be executed at midnight, Jack starts receiving his calls.

Itís a barely believable plot. But other barely believable plots have succeeded, like ďSpeedĒ (1994). Alas, this one doesnít. When we finally find out the villain the entire story is revealed to be worse than preposterous. What occurs during the 88 minutes couldnít possibly occur in 88 minutes. The person who accomplished it couldnít possibly have done what happens. And itís not just that the story is pretty lame, the acting is as lame. Leelee Sobieski is particularly inept, although William Forsythe as Special Agent Frank Parks gives her a run for her money. However, maybe itís not their fault because it would be hard for anyone to be convincing uttering the lines in the script (Gary Scott Thompson). But the direction (Jon Avnet) has to take its responsibility, too because there was never an iota of tension or believability.

There have been some pretty horrid endings already this year, but this one must take the cake for the most ridiculous.

April 18, 2008

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