Dave Skylark and his producer Aaron Rapaport run the celebrity tabloid show "Skylark Tonight". When they land an interview with a surprise fan, North Korean dictator Jong-Un Kim, they are recruited by the CIA to assassinate him.
In the action-comedy The Interview, Dave Skylark (James Franco) and his producer Aaron Rapoport (Seth Rogen) run the popular celebrity tabloid TV show "Skylark Tonight." When they discover that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is a fan of the show, they land an interview with him in an attempt to legitimize themselves as journalists. As Dave and Aaron prepare to travel to Pyongyang, their plans change when the CIA recruits them, perhaps the two least-qualified men imaginable, to assassinate Kim Jong-un.Written by
Sony Pictures Entertainment
This has been described as the first U.S.-made film dealing with an assassination attempt against a real-life world leader who was in power when the movie was made. It is not. In 1941, Fritz Lang, who had fled the Nazis when they took power in Germany, made Man Hunt (1941), about a British hunter (Walter Pidgeon) who attempts to assassinate Adolf Hitler. When that film was made, the U.S. was not yet at war with Germany. See more »
Near the beginning, the globe showing a missile trajectory from NK to the US West Coast depicts an impossible route. ICBMs take a Great Circle route (shortest path). The misconception portrayed is important. Any NK missile would have to fly over the Aleutian Island archipelago, an area heavily defended by U.S. anti-missile technology. The erroneous route depicted would be much more difficult to defend, and thus exaggerates West Coast vulnerability. See more »
[singing in Korean]
Our Beloved Leader is wise. He is gentle, kind and strong. We wish him joy. We wish him peace. We wish him love. And the one thing in our time, we wish more than this is for the United States to explode in a ball of fiery hell. May they be forced to starve and beg, and be ravaged by disease. May they be helpless, poor and sad and cold! They are arrogant and fat. They are stupid and they're evil. May they drown in their own blood and feces. Die America, die. Oh ...
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At the end of the credits there is a picture of the dog Skylark is given by Kim Jong-un, dedicated to the dog he had a kid. See more »
Written by Corky Robbins
Performed by The White Stripes
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
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Entertaining for what it is
If you have low expectations going into this movie, you'll enjoy it a lot more. Yes, it is ridiculous, but it's also pretty funny and has some decent commentary on the world. It can be a little too over the top at times, but this is a film that doesn't take itself too seriously and you shouldn't either.
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