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Al Pacino takes the lead in “88 Minutes”

View the slideshow: "88 Minutes": A red carpet event

Al Pacino reprises his role as the cocky and more than a little seedy, professional in the movie "88 Minutes."

Pacino plays Dr. Jack Gramm, a psychology professor by day and a forensic psychologist for the FBI by night. Gramm's "expert" psychological testimony lands Jon Forster played by Neil McDonough a spot on death row, and on the eve of Forster's execution, Gramm receives a cell phone call from an unknown caller informing the doctor of his pending death - in 88 minutes.

The movie unfolds in classic thriller fashion, with Gramm ignoring the call at first, but after repeated call backs from same unknown voice, beginning to take the threats with due caution and panic.

Signaling Gramm even further toward suspicion are his two students, Lauren Douglas and Mike Stempt, played by Leelee Sobieski and Benjamin McKenzie respectively. Their constant questioning of Gramm's testimony in the Forster case - in oddest of places like a dark parking garage - bring Gramm closer to finding the truth about his impending death.

Most of the cast made it to the Planet Hollywood Casino and Resort in Las Vegas for the world premiere of "88 Minutes" and the red carpet even that followed.

For a more extensive, and opinionated review of "88 Minutes," check out Entertainment Weekly.

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