The Interview

The Interview

Steve Buscemi (2014)

112min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
The Interview's release is unique in irking North Korea as well as agitating the FBI and America's President. But what of the film itself? Real-life friends Seth Rogen and James Franco play a TV news producer and a sleazy celebrity TV presenter, who plan an interview with Kim Jong-un (Randall Park) as a ratings booster. Unexpectedly, Kim is a huge fan of Franco's show, and the two bond. However, American security forces coerce the duo into attempting to assassinate the North Korean leader with a poison handshake. There are some smart jabs lurking in the loose script and The Interview is striking as a piece of filmic design. As a spoof on popular culture and politics, it's naughty, dumb and patchily funny. And while Franco chews the scenery, Rogen and Park display excellent comic timing.

Summary

Steve Buscemi stars as a toughened war correspondent who is infuriated when his boss sends him to interview a self-obsessed soap star (Sienna Miller), rather than cover an emerging scandal involving the White House. However, the duo end up at the actresses apartment, where an excessive consumption of drugs and alcohol leads to secrets being spilled. Buscemi also directed this remake of Theo Van Gogh's Dutch drama.

Cast & Crew

Pierre Peders Steve Buscemi
Katya Sienna Miller
Maggie Tara Elders
Waitress Molly Griffith
Director Steve Buscemi

Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: SonyGuidance: Violence, swearing, sexual references.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 6 Feb 2015
Drama Comedy