Wednesday, 23 May 2012

The Interview (3½ Stars)

The film "The Interview", written and directed by Theo Van Gogh, was made in 2003, a year before his death. Since then it has been remade twice, in 2007 and 2011.The film I'm reviewing is the 2007 version, starring Steve Buscemi and Sienna Miller.

Pierre Peders is a successful war journalist. After falling into disfavour with his boss he's sent to New Tork to interview Katya, the star of an American soap, "City Girls". He hates the assignment, he looks down on Katya, and she despises him for his lack of interest in her. After the initial arguments the interview goes ahead, but it's more of a cat and mouse game, in which Pierre and Katya play mind games with one another.

The acting by the two main characters is impressive. For most of the film they are the only characters. Some people might rate this film higher, but for me it was too slow. Nothing really happened.

Click here to view the trailer.

Theo Van Gogh is best known for making a short documentary film about the abuse suffered by Moslem women. After the film was shown on Dutch television he was murdered for telling lies about Islam.

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