Paul Bettany and Stephen Grapham star as two brothers whose lives spiral viciously out of control in BLOOD, a contemporary Greek Tragedy around the investigation into the murder of a young girl. Joe (Bettany) and Chrissie (Graham) are both respected police detectives under pressure to live up to the reputation of their father, Lennox (Brian Cox) who ran the department for years and was a key figure in the local community. Smothered by their father’s shadow and haunted by the unsolved case, Joe and Chrissie decide to take the law into their own hands one night in a disturbing interrogation.
In celebration of the upcoming release of BLOOD at cinemas and on Blu-ray and DVD, we take a look back on some of the most disturbing police interrogations in film throughout the years. BLOOD is released in selected cinemas on 31 May 2013, and comes out on Blu-ray & DVD on 10 June 2013.
Resevoir Dogs (1992)
Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs (1992) recounts the story of a group of criminals who begin to suspect they have a police informant in their midst after a jewelry heist goes awry. When sadistic Mr. Blonde (Michael Madsen) arrives with one of the officers who foiled their plot in the trunk of his car, it falls on him to extract any necessary information. It becomes apparent, however, that the interrogation is not so much about questioning as about mutilation. Set to the classic “Stuck in the Middle With You” by the Stealers Wheel, the scene has become one of Tarantino’s most memorable.
The Usual Suspects (1995)
In a film that centres around an interrogation scene, The Usual Suspects (1995) tells the story of the sole survivor of a blood-soaked massacre, ‘Verbal’ Kint (Kevin Spacey), as he relates what happened to the customs agent (Chazz Palminteri) questioning him. Through flashbacks and continuous examination, Verbal’s convoluted story comes to life and makes the audience – and Agent Kujan – wonder what really took place.
The Dark Knight (2008)
When Batman, Gordon and Harvey Dent launch an assault on the mob, they let the clown out of the box, the Joker, bent on turning Gotham on itself and bringing any heroes down to his level. Christian Bale arguably uttered the definitive Batman interrogation phrase of the Nolan era in “Batman Begins” when he yelled “Swear to me!” His all-in performance locked in a room with the Joker (Heath Ledger) took the hero to a whole new cinematic level, however. The tension, terror and brain-freezingly suspenseful moments they created while discussing what happened to Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) will still knock the wind out of you upon repeat viewings.
End of Watch (2012)
Best friends and partners Brian Taylor (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Miguel ‘Mike’ Zavala (Michael Peña) are Los Angeles Police Department officers who enjoy their work. Written by David Ayer, who also wrote Training Day, the film is shot documentary style and follows the daily routine that the two officers follow until they finally come across criminal forces far greater than themselves. Driven by their previous successes, the young officers discover a secret that makes them the target of one of the country’s most dangerous drug cartels. They must each deal with the repercussions of their actions on themselves and everyone around them.
In Blood, police partners and brothers, smothered by their father’s shadow and haunted by an unsolved case, Joe (Paul Bettany) and Chrissie (Stephen Graham) decide to take the law into their own hands one night. In a drunken stupor, the two seize their lead suspect, Jason (Ben Crompton), whom they are sure is guilty, and try to coerce the confession out of him. They take him to the secluded islands off the coast and after a failed escape attempt, and make him start to dig his own grave while drunkenly and loudly interrogating him. A forced confession and mocking comment later Joe, in a druken rage, kills the suspect. The brothers watch as he dies then bury his body in the estuary, hoping to cover up their crime. They must then investigate the crime which they themselves had committed and deal with the consequences of their actions.