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Review: 88 (Tribeca 2022)

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A political drama exploring the ramifications of the Citizens United Supreme Court of the United States decision from 2013 on elections nationwide, 88 has all of the ingredients for a thrilling tale, but never puts them together.

When a super PAC’s (political action committee) finance director (Brandon Victor Dixon) notices questionable donation patterns, it all leads to a mounting conspiracy that could upend the presidential primaries. In order to understand 88, viewers have to have some familiarity with super PACs, or at least be able to grasp on quickly. The film does its best to get you up to speed, but it still gets lost in a heady mess that is ultimately distracting and frustrating. Dixon and the rest of the cast, including Orlando Jones, Thomas Sadoski, and Amy Sloan are all excellent in their roles, the realization of what is occurring and what it means not only for the candidate, but the country displayed through each performance with a growing uneasiness from start to finish. Unfortunately, it all buckles under the weight of trying to do too much down in the weeds, creating a one-note outing that becomes tiresome fast.

There is a lot that could have been accomplished with a 88 had there been a more focused script, one that would more directly tap into the mistrust, disgust, and core of racism. Instead, I felt like I was watching a more boring offshoot of 24 that ultimately didn’t deliver.

Rating: 2/5

Seen at the 2022 Tribeca Festival

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