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Dr. Jack Gramm is a college professor who moonlights as a forensic psychiatrist for the FBI. When Gramm receives a death threat claiming he has only 88 minutes to live, he must use all his skills and training to narrow down the possible suspects, who include a disgruntled student, a jilted former lover, and a serial killer who is already on death row, before his time runs out.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Poor 88 Minutes is one of the dumbest thrillers to arrive it theaters in a long time, so it's no surprise that it has been lingering on Columbia's shelves for more than a year.
USA TodayFull Review Poor This may be the most preposterous movie of the year.
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Based on a theater exit polling of 67 moviegoers:
TEENS:Great reviews from nearly all the teens. Recommended.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:GREAT REVIEWS! Highly Recommended.
ADULTS:Very close to great reviews from both males and females. About three-quarters enjoyed "88 Minutes" very much. About half of the remaining reviews rated it as good/average, which is decent. Just a few rated it low. Recommended.
Famed forensic psychiatrist Dr. Jack Gramm has built a reputation for successfully profiling serial killers, including Jon Forster (Neal McDonough), who was sentenced to death primarily on the strength of Gramm's expert testimony. One night before Forster is scheduled to be executed, the city of Seattle is rocked by a killing that matches his crimes exactly—and the victim is one of Gramm's students.
Gramm is determined to prove the murder is the work of a copycat, but he soon finds himself contending with Forster's well-orchestrated public relations campaign to discredit him, a second copycat killing and a series of mysterious phone threats, starting with one that tells him that he has just 88 minutes to live.
Convinced that the threat and the murders are connected, Gramm turns to his assistant Shelly (Amy Brenneman) and his top graduate students for help in getting to the bottom of the mystery. As he is drawn deeper and deeper into the case, dark secrets from his past begin to emerge, forcing him to consider that the conspiracy is coming from his inner circle. Even his former contact at the FBI (William Forsythe) begins to doubt him, as Gramm's list of possible suspects lengthens and his remaining time dwindles.
As the calls continue the relentless countdown to his doom and Gramm's paranoia escalates, so do the very real attacks against him—until he has only himself and his finely honed instincts to discover the truth before his 88 minutes are up.