Without the hacking of Sony Studios, the new movie “The Interview” would have been just another average (at best) opening at a time of year when some of the very best movies get released in hopes of Oscar consideration. Because of the hacking, it has now become a cause celebre that has built film audience awareness and anticipation far beyond what the movie merits.
James Franco stars as the host of a televison tabloid news show called “Skylark Tonight.” Seth Rogen is his Producer.
They learn that the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un, is an unlikely faithful follower of their show and actually consents to a “live” interview. Rogen’s and Franco’s characters are soon off to North Korea to do the interview.
Kim seems amazingly open and even human, until a plot to assassinate him the CIA has talked Franco and Rogen’s characters into trying, starts to unravel.
“The Interview” actually gets a little violent and bloody, especially near the end. The humor is low-brow sophomoric. Rogen, who co-wrote and co-directed the film, plays the same kind of klutzy boring guy he always plays. Franco overacts. I’m told Sony is allowing people to watch this movie online for free. That’s about the only way I can recommend you see it.