Sunday, November 13, 2005

Interview with the Assassin (2002)

Interesting variation on the mock-doc formula, this being of the Blair Witch variety in that it takes its premise seriously. The premise itself is pretty irresistible (guy's neighbor confides to him that he was the second gunman at the JFK assassination), and the film mostly delivers on its promise. It's helped immeasurably by Raymond J. Barry's excellent, lived-in performance as the admitted shooter, and the courage of its convictions bring it through some midfilm rough patches (the shadow in the yard never does amount to anything, does it?) to a bleak, paranoid finale. At times, it comes off as a bit too filmic to convince (compare this to Blair Witch or Zero Day and it doesn't ring as true as it should), but it's still a worthwhile watch.

Grade: B-


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