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Interrogation (series)

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Interrogation is a 2020 CBS television series.

2 out of 10 stars.  I love Vincent D’Onofrio, but I hated this series.  I have no idea why it’s called Interrogation when only about 10 minutes of the 10 hours of the series is an interrogation.

Plot.

This is a crime story told in ten episodes, but each episode is supposed to be self-contained.  A little message comes up at the beginning of each episode saying that you can watch the entire series in any episode order you like.  Just follow the evidence.  Unfortunately, the evidence is laid out very poorly so it’s frustrating from the start.

Backstory.

The back story is that Henry and Mary Fisher have a teenage son Eric who is a drug addict.  He steals his father’s prized stamp collection to pay for his drugs.  Eventually his parents pay for an apartment so he has a place to live, but they won’t let him come home.  On the day in question Eric comes home, breaks into the house, and kills his mother when she finds him there.  But what the clues reveal is that the bizarre “hippies came in and murdered my mom” story is actually true.  They were led by a violent man who was a friend of Eric’s.  His name is Chris Keller.

Casting.

Kyle Gallner as Eric Fisher was a really bad choice.  He shouts most of his lines.  That makes it very difficult to understand what he’s saying.  He throws temper tantrums and tosses things around, adding to the noise factor.

Writing.

The writing is atrocious.  There are multiple flashbacks and flash forwards per episode.  Since there are actually only about 35 minutes in each episode this is valuable time wasted and a shoddy attempt at telling backstory.

Side Stories.

The side stories are also pointless, used to drag out the story which should’ve been one episode rather than ten.  I particularly didn’t like the side story about Eric’s homeschooled cell mate who’s more than a little psychotic.  The “homeschooled” angle was really dumb.  Please don’t make political statements in my movies.

2 out of 10 stars.  Poorly written with bad casting with the exception of D’Onofrio.

 

 

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