Maybe it's because I'm a crabby movie critic, but I really hate it when movies make sloppy mistakes. Take the new Al Pacino thriller "88 Minutes" — please.
For one thing, any movie that with a specific time in its title ("High Noon," "3:10 to Yuma") ought to pay attention to that title. Which means a movie called "88 Minutes" should end after 88 minutes, not after 108 minutes.
But there are more careless mistakes on view, especially in relation to its supposed setting: Seattle. Sure, the Canadian city of Vancouver shares a Pacific Northwest location with Seattle. Last time I looked, however, American pubs didn't have signs proclaiming they were "Licenced." Seattle has plenty of ferries, but not to Victoria Island. More dead giveaways: a newsstand advertising the Canadian newspaper 24 Hours and the Canadian drugstore chain Shoppers Drug Mart.
Maybe if "88 Minutes" had been a consistently riveting thriller, I might have been too caught up in the excitement to ponder such minor details. But with a movie that stretches credibility as much as "88 Minutes" does, it's dangerous to give audiences too much time to think. (Another reason it should have been only "88 Minutes" long.)
MOVIES: Flubs 'R' Us — '88 Minutes'
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