Jack Gramm (Al Pacino) has 88 Minutes to live in this 2008 film. Why? It's complicated. Gramm is a forensic psychologist whose expert testimony has helped convict Jon Forster, a vicious serial killer. Even as Forster sits on death row, though, the murders continue. It's possible Gramm's forensic re-creation of the crime was wrong, and that Forster is the wrong man. It's also possible, as Gramm believes, that there is copycat killer on the loose.
I'm not a huge Al Pacino fan, but I did like him in this. He's working with a largely female cast, and he portrays none of the cocky arrogance around his female co-stars in some of his other films. (Satan in The Devil's Advocate, I'm looking at you.) He comes across as sensitive and likable.
What I really like about this movie, though, is the small role played by English actor Stephen Moyer. He's best known for playing Southern vampire Bill Compton on True Blood, and for his engagement to co-star Anna Paquin. In 88 Minutes, he's Guy LaForge, a leather-clad, motorcycle-riding English rocker with a nasty temper. Sure, he doesn't do much but look sexy and brooding, but that's what he was put on earth to do. He's Stephen Moyer. If you enjoyed Restraint (http://www.gather.com/viewArticle.action?articleId=281474977838230), you'll probably like this one, too.