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88 Minutes

Beat the clock or die
By TOM MEEK  |  April 23, 2008
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Al Pacino

Al Pacino may have The Godfather and Dog Day Afternoon to rest his laurels on, but some of his later endeavors, like this ill-conceived thriller, are best forgotten. Pacino seems to concur, wearily plodding through his paces as Jack Gramm, a forensics expert who must beat the clock or die. Years ago, Jack put away a sadistic serial killer known as the Seattle Slayer (Neal McDonough). Now, on the eve of the Slayer’s execution, several copycat murders occur. Then Jack receives the title death threat. Bodies and red herrings (with Alicia Witt, Leelee Sobieski, and Deborah Kara Unger among the unusual suspects) pile up. Through it all, he remains remarkably unnerved, as if a hot shower and a Scotch could make it all go away. Jon Avnet (Fried Green Tomatoes) helms the pic with a similar mindset. 108 minutes | Boston Common + Fenway + Fresh Pond + Circle + suburbs
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