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This terrible Al Pacino thriller is winning over Netflix viewers

A living embodiment of “the man, the myth, the legend”, Al Pacino and his five-decade-long illustrious career is testament to his prolific talent. Having played iconic characters with grit and passion and one of the very few recipients of the Triple Crown of Acting, Pacino’s brilliance shone through in films like The Godfather, Dog Day Afternoon, Scent of a Woman,  Scarface, Serpico etc. 

A recipient of an Academy Award among nine nominations, Pacino’s trophy cabinets are filled to the brim with a BAFTA, two Emmys, five Golden Globes, two SAG Awards, a couple of Tonys and other accolades. Recently, he was seen in Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman alongside Robert DeNiro, Joe Pesci etc. 

With a rich legacy and a diverse catalogue of films, Pacino has established himself as one of the most legendary pioneering figures of the silver screen. 

However, over his wide range of filmography, the veteran actor has been in quite a few flops that have received terrible ratings from viewers. 

On Netflix, Pacino has quite a number of his hits. However, one of his worst thrillers is now trending on the streamer and has garnered audience interest. 

Besides Jack and Jill being deemed as the worst film of his career, alongside Adam Sandler, the movie that is now trending on Netflix has a flimsy 5 per cent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. 

Jon Avnet’s 2008 film 88 Minutes, despite its terrible reception upon release, has climbed up the ladder into Netflix’s Top 10 most-watched film list in eight different regions where viewers seem to have taken quite the liking to it. 

Starring Pacino, Alicia Witt, Leelee Sobieski and Amy Brenneman, among others, the film sees the veteran as a famous forensic psychiatrist named Dr Jack Gramm, who is known for his legendary criminal profiling.

Having helped capture a serial killing convict, Gramm, however, finds himself in a prickly situation. On the eve of the serial killer’s execution, one of his students is murdered in a way that emulates the killer’s modus operandi. 

To add to the dramatic tension, Pacino has only 88 minutes to live and must race against time and the overall ominous atmosphere to help catch the actual convict.  

Throughout the film, Pacino seems pretty bored, which is quite unusual for him. But can we really blame him given the flimsy and inert nature of this so-called psychological thriller? However, viewers seem to be loving this film as it continues trending on Netflix. 

Watch 88 Minutes on Netflix today.