I’m becoming extremely frustrated at the lack of UK Blu-ray releases of certain top actors films such as the Al Pacino film 88 Minutes (2007) meaning the only way to see it in high definition is to locate and import a foreign version that will play in English on UK Blu-ray players. Having done just that was the film really worth all the effort? Let’s find out, here’s my 88 Minutes Blu-ray Review.
- 88 Minutes (2007)
- Genre: Crime, Thriller
- Running Time: 111 Mins
- UK Rating N/A
- Discs: 1
- Blu-ray Import
FBI Forensic psychiatrist Dr Jack Gramm (Al Pacino) plays a pivotal role in the conviction of serial killer Jon Forster (Neal McDonough). Upon the jury reaching a guilty verdict Forster taunts Gramm by saying “Tick-tock, Doc”.
Nine years later an identical murder takes place casting doubt over Forster’s conviction. Furthermore Forster is due to be put to death that very day. What’s more Dr Jack Gramm appears to being framed for murder and receives a disturbing message in which he is told he only has 88 minutes to live.
Style / Direction
The film is directed by Jon Avnet with the cinematography side of things that’s taken care of by Denis Lenoir. Right from the start you know you are in for a heck of a ride, the pacing all revolves around those 88 minutes which means an incredibly slick and action packed thriller. Without a doubt this is a very well made film.
Music / Audio Effects
The music is composed by Edward Shearmur and is functional without being outstanding.
Acting / Characters
Al Pacino plays Dr Jack Gramm a FBI Forensic psychiatrist responsible for helping to put away several serial killers. He’s incredibly confident that he has the right man even if the evidence against one the killers is largely circumstantial. Pacino is bang on form and back to his very best in this tense and exciting crime thriller.
There are several other key characters many of which are Gramm’s students from the campus where he teaches. Anyone of these could be the one threatening his life.
The acting on the whole is of a high standard which really helps as the film’s plot develops throwing out several red herrings.
- Al Pacino as Dr. Jack Gramm
- Alicia Witt as Kim Cummings
- Leelee Sobieski as Lauren Douglas/Lydia Doherty
- Amy Brenneman as Shelly Barnes
- William Forsythe as Special Agent Frank Parks
- Deborah Kara Unger as Carol Johnson
- Benjamin McKenzie as Mike Stempt
- Neal McDonough as Jon Forster
- Leah Cairns as Sara Pollard
- Stephen Moyer as Guy LaForge
- Christopher Redman as Jeremy Guber
- Brendan Fletcher as Johnny d’Franco
- Michael Eklund as J. T. Rycker
- Trilby Glover as Defense Attorney Miss Bennett
- Carrie Genzel as Stephanie Parkman
- Kristina Copeland as Dale Morris
- Tammy Hui as Janie Cates
- Vicky Huang as Joanie Cates
- Victoria Tennant II as Kate
- Michal Yannai as Leeza Pearson
- Paul Campbell as Albert Jackson
Conclusion: 88 Minutes Film Review
Pacino is simply sensational as a FBI Forensic psychiatrist that has the tables tuned with only 88 minutes to solve a case. It’s a crime thriller that truly is a web of intrigue as everyone he meets could be the one out to get him. The film flows along a terrific pace and there really is never a dull moment, oh and don’t forget there are plenty of red herring and twists to keep you guessing to the identity of the perpetrator(s) of these crimes right up until the last scene. Add this one to your must see list it’s simply amazing.
If you like my 88 Minutes Blu-ray Review you may want to check out these films:
- Hangman (2017)
- 8mm (1999)
- Blow Out (1981)
- Never Take Sweets from a Stranger (1960)
- Obsession (1976)
- Red Sparrow (2018)
Pacino is simply sensational
Conclusion: 88 Minutes Blu-ray Review
The films from 2007 so there are no issues with picture quality, the Bluray version I’m reviewing here is from Germany and does require you go into the menu and change the language into English before hitting the play film option.
On to my movie rating for 88 Minutes (2007)
- Movie Rating: MUST SEE
- Blu-ray Picture: EXCELLENT
88 Minutes (2007) is available now on Blu-ray for the UK only if you are prepared to import the German version or purchase through Amazon Marketplace. Ensure you select the correct version otherwise you will end up with a Region A disc you cannot play unless you have a multi-region player.
For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster…
Clip may not be representative of the Blu-ray version
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Summary: 88 Minutes (2007) Blu-ray Review
Director(s): Jon Avnet
Actor(s): Al Pacino, Neal McDonough, Alicia Witt, Leelee Sobieski, Amy Brenneman, William Forsythe, Deborah Kara Unger,
- Movie Rating
- Blu-ray Picture Rating
Pacino is simply sensational as a FBI Forensic psychiatrist that has the tables tuned with only 88 minutes to solve a case.