The Interview (1998) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)
|There's good news and bad news about this
The bad news is that not many of you will be patient enough to watch it. It's basically a policeman interrogating a murder suspect for two hours, and that's not everyone's recipe for entertainment.
The good news is that if you get hooked on it, you'll like it a lot. I didn't much care for the first twenty minutes and was getting ready to FF for some nudity, but when I realized the complexity of what was happening, I was hooked.
|The police barge into a man's apartment at five o'clock in the morning and drag him down to the station house, not informing him of the reason. When their interrogation begins, they seem to be asking him questions about a stolen car. Slowly, the film reveals what is really going on, and what they are really asking him about.||
the entire film, the director plays a game with the audience, swinging
us back and forth in our appraisal of the situation.
He's an innocent man, being run through a Kafkaesque wringer by some smug, brutal cops without a grain of evidence on a charge too trivial to justify this brutal treatment. Wait a minute, it does sound like he took the car. What's this, now he's confessing to a string of homicides. Huh? Now he's asking for a higher ranking officer, to complain that he was brutalized into confessing. Was he? Or was he really in control of the process completely? Did he deliberately goad the detectives into making errors? You're not sure.
While the filmmaker is manipulating our impression of the accused, he is doing the same thing with the accuser. He's a brutal thug. He's a good cop. No, he's being investigated by internal affairs. Wait a minute, internal affairs itself seems to be corrupt ....
Where is all this leading?
It's a small budget Australian film which relies entirely on the skill of the script, the director, and the actors to maintain the taut atmosphere. The biggest name in it is Hugo Weaving, the senior anthropomorphic machine from "The Matrix", as the accused.
|And it has quite a
good ending for you, if you're the type of person who doesn't like to
be spoon-fed every detail.
Subtle, intelligent, chilling. If the general description doesn't put you off, you'll probably love it.
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