A psychiatrist who put a serial killer on Death Row begins to see similar murders as the killer's execution approaches. Jack Gramm is a forensic psychiatrist who seals the deal in the case of Jon Forster, The Seattle Slayer. Gramm's testimony successfully gets Forster a death sentence from the jury. While being taken away, Forster says to Gramm, "Tick tock, Doc," sending shivers down Gramm's spine. Years later, he's teaching psych classes at a local university when he gets a visit from an FBI agent: someone has been murdering people in exactly the same fashion as Forster's murders. Apparently, the most recent victim was at a party with Gramm the night before, and Gramm is obviously a target for questioning. After being interviewed, he gets a call on his cell phone, with the voice distorted: he has 88 minutes left to live. He goes to class, asking his secretary to gather a list of all of the people he's put away, to try to figure out who's threatening him. He finds more threats, written in his classroom and on his car, and it begins to affect his mental state. Attacks begin happening in Gramm's vicinity-- a student is assaulted in his parking garage, and the ex-husband of his teaching assistant is shot to death before his eyes. Finally, when he finds his one-night-stand from the night before murdered with evidence pointing to Gramm as the murderer, he realizes he's being set up. When he receives a call telling him where to go, and he finds the Dean of the school being hung, fighting for her life, it's up to Gramm to save the day and bring the real killer to justice.
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Best part of story, including ending:
This is an absolutely poor excuse for a thriller. Pacino overacts the entire time, and the plot twist at the end is absolutely ludicrous.
Best scene in story:
Whenever Neal McDonough is on screen as the Seattle Slayer, he hams it up and tries to have some fun, redeeming those few scenes.
Opinion about the main character:
Gramm is a terrible guy, whose life is totally out of order, and with Pacino overacting, it's hard to care what happens to him.