The home invasion is prelude to an interrogation at the precinct that fosters edge-of-the-seat tension as the suspect moves from fear to bravado and finally demonstrates more cleverness than his determined captors--John Steele (Tony Martin), the lead investigator, a veteran detective with a reputation for getting his man by any means necessary, and his arrogant young partner (Aaron Jeffrey), who's the kind of lawman who relies on brute force.
The case--concerning a missing person who might be the latest victim of a possible serial killer--provides the film with as many odd twists as "The Usual Suspects." Weaving's remarkable performance, which could rival that of Kevin Spacey as the slippery Keyser Soze, creates the perfect nemesis for the seen-it-all-before bloke that Martin portrays with considerable authority. They stage a verbal pas de deux that makes "The Interview" thoroughly gripping entertainment. Starring Hugo Weaving, Tony Martin, Aaron Jeffrey and Michael Caton. Directed by Craig Monahan. Written by Craig Monahan and Gordon Davie. Produced by Bill Hughes. A Cinema Guild release. Thriller. Unrated. Running time: 103 min.