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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

88 Minutes

(Guest Review by Russ)

Q: What’s the movie about?

A: The life of a successful forensic psychiatrist/professor (Al Pacino) is put in jeopardy by a serial killer he helped to convict.

Q: Who’s in the movie?

A: Al Pacino, Alicia Witt, Leelee Sobieski, Amy Brenneman, William Forsythe, Deborah Kara Unger, Benjamin McKenzie, Neal McDonough

Q: Is this movie worth the price of admission?

A: PhotobucketStop! The serial-killer movie is long past its expiration date. If this one succeeds in killing the genre for a while, then that will at least be one reason in its favor for having been made. Beyond that, there’s not much else.

Q: Will this movie make me laugh?

A: Absolutely. Al Pacino’s hair will put a perpetual smile on your face. And when wind blows through it, you will laugh.

Q: Will this movie make me cry?

A: Not so much.

Q: Will this movie be up for any awards?

A: Next question.

Q: How is the Acting?

A: This cast doesn't fare well with the hammy dialogue and ridiculous plot turns that make little, if any sense. Amy Brenneman wins the award for embarrassing herself the least, though.

Q: How is the Directing?

A: Completely competent and professional and the movie looks good within its Seattle locale. But that makes up for zero when it comes to trying to decipher the plot and keep track of all the suspects. Which, at some point probably adds up to about 10-- we're only human! We can only handle so much information in our sub-alien brains.

Q: How is the story/script?

A: Did I mention that the plot makes no sense? Oh, and did I get a chance to tell you about the dialogue? Well here’s a sample from when Al Pacino’s character is told he has “88 minutes to live, tick-tock doc.” From that point, it feels like about 588 minutes before those 88 minutes are finally up. That’s not a good thing.

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