“88” is a 2015 thriller film, directed by April Mullen and written by Tim Doiron.
The movie opens with a brief description of what a fugue state is – basically a variant of amnesia with the addition of possible auditory and visual hallucinations.
We are then introduced to Gwen, played by Katharine Isabelle (“Ginger Snaps”, “American Mary”) in a roadside diner, who seemingly suddenly finds herself in such a state. Dropping her bag on the floor, when she goes to pick it up and replace the contents she discovers a handgun. Totally confused, things very quickly get a whole lot worse for Gwen thanks to the presence of some cops in the diner.
We then join Gwen on a violent journey through two different timelines running throughout the film, as she tries to figure out who is responsible for the death of her boyfriend. Along the way she is joined by Ty (played by writer Tim Dorion).
The character of Gwen is almost never off screen during the whole film, and credit must be given to Katharine Isabelle who does an excellent job of portraying her character – both in her confused, fugue state and as her normal self – two very different, but believably played, personalities.
88 also stars Christopher Lloyd (“Back To The Future”, “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest”) as Cyrus, a nasty piece of work who eventually proves to have a pivotal role in events.
88 is a fun and interesting way of spending 88 minutes (yes, it really does run for that time!) featuring plenty of guns, cops, semi-dressed girls, milk, and plenty of switching between timelines. Although it threatens to get confusing at times, it plays out really well at the end when the two timelines finally converge and everything becomes clear.