Starring: Al Pacino, Alicia Witt, Leelee Sobieski, Amy Brenneman
Creating a good viable murder mystery is not an easy task at all. Almost everything depends upon the final climax scene. Jack Gramm (Pacino) is a forensic psychiatrist with the FBI and teaches at a Seattle university. He's in the news for testifying against serial killer John Foster, due to which he got the capital punishment. A lot of people believe that Jack falsified evidence and that Foster is innocent. A student of his is found dead in her apartment and all the evidence seem to point towards Jack. Jack is convinced that Foster has an outside associate who has done the job on his orders. At that very moment, Jack starts receiving threatening calls saying that he has only 88 minutes to live. Along with Kim (Witt) his student and secretary Shelly (Brenneman) Jack needs to unravel the mystery if he has to save his life. The initial few moments of the movie are a tad boring and you seem to be a little lost. It takes a while to get things together and the movie sufficiently picks up pace. There is a lot of excitement till the climax scene which does not compliment the story that went by. A better twist in the tale would have been more acceptable and perhaps more appealing. The biggest let-down was the '88 minutes countdown to death' which continuously kept getting prolonged and made the movie lose the entire focus. A one time watch murder mystery but you wont want to come back to it.
Thumbs up: A decent murder mystery story
Thumbs down: Story loses its motive, anti-climaxing end