There are so many ways to go with the whole Kennedy assassination conspiracy theory. Check out any conspiracy website and you’ll find everything from aliens to the hoax scenario, as in JFK didn’t really die and for all we know, he’s still living in a more or less vegetative state on that private island Onassis set him up with. Writer/ Director Neil Burger has boldly chosen to go in a completely different direction with his film, INTERVIEW WITH THE ASSASSIN. Where others, most notably Oliver Stone with JFK, have given free reign to flights of fancy limited only by their imagination and budget, Burger has gone with bland. And the rip-off title with overtones of Anne Rice is just annoying.
His premise, though, is a sound one. An out-of-work television cameraman is invited over to the home of Walter, his crotchety next-door neighbor who reveals that he was the second gunman in
Naturally our cameraman sees a goldmine here. He dutifully shells out money to travel with Walter to
Worse, the faux documentary done in painfully cinema verité style, makes the BLAIR WITCH PROJECT look like James Wong Howe or John Alton at their collective best. As for the script, it wanders around in circles when it should be building a sense of paranoia and menace, there’s little more than the cinematic equivalent of motion sickness as we watch Walter and the travel hither and yon, but not yon enough. Though odd things happen to the pair, possible stalkers, possible attempts on the lives of loved ones, you never get the feeling that this is nothing more than a series of coincidences of the sort to be found anywhere and anytime if you just look hard enough.
At 88 minutes, it seems so much longer. When it finally reaches what it hopes will pass for a dénoument, we are too bored to care. That it is being released on the 29th anniversary of that dark day in