The Interview (1998)

Unrated   |    |  Thriller, Crime, Drama


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A duel between a suspected murderer and a detective pressed by people who want results. But whose skin is really wanted.

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19 December 2001 | WCS02
10
| Not since 12 Angry Men have I been so riveted to a film ...
37 years after Hitchcock put Psycho on the silver screen, Craig Monahan directed a thriller that competes frame for frame. The Interview explores the duality of the troubled mind through a simple exchange of thoughts. The possible psychosis of a suspected serial killer is examined through the microscope of Australian law enforcement, which bears universal similarities to America's.

The movie relies on two primary ingredients: dialog and acting. Weaving and Martin (principally, with a superb sparse supporting cast) make it work. Enhancing camera angles, lighting, and complementary music put you there - in the interview room. Not since 12 Angry Men have I been so riveted to a film that relies on dialog so heavily. It's a 5 star restaurant meal for the the independent film viewer. So little arrives on the plate; but what comes to you is 100% choice.

If you happen to rent the DVD, invest time watching the alternative ending. It offers a lesson in film making. In the final presentation, Monahan achieves with a facial expression what otherwise might have taken another four minutes to achieve. Self Indulgent, ego-borne film producers take note. It you were satisfied with Hitchcock's ending to The Birds, you'll be content with his ending as I was. But if you watch and leave with doubts about the culpability of the interviewee, those doubts will be dismissed in the alternative ending.

Find a copy and see it soon. 9.5 / 10

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