It all starts like your typical boilerroom interrogation: On one side
of the table you've got your cocky young suspect who thinks nothing can
touch him, Paul Conners (Gavin Hodson). On the other side there's Owen
Davis (Christopher Lee-Power), a private eye who wants to come across as
tough-as-nails but looks a bit too much like your typical pencil pusher to
come across as menacing - on the other hand, the more harmless one looks,
the deeper his own personal abyss ...
The crime in question is murder -
someone seems to have broken into a family home and killed the woman of
the house, a young mother and wife. No matter which way you look it, it
might have been an accident (even though under criminal circumstances),
but that leaves her dead all the same, and her death unpunished.
suspects Conners of course, but he has all the bases covered ... or so he
thinks, because Davis has debunked his whole alibi prior to the
interrogation - if by less than legal means -, and now that the police is
closing in, he intends to torture a confession out of Conners.
is the police actually coming for?
One of these short film
wonders that takes a routine genre situation seen a thousand times in a
thousand feature films, sheds it of all its narrative framework and makes
the situation, which is reduced to two characters and one location, the
story itself, filled to the brim with suspense and unusual plottwists
(this eventually turns into so much more than your usual interrogation), and carried by a dynamic
yet subtle direction and two excellent actors.