2016, Lionsgate/WWE Studios
Michael J. Luisi
Adam Rodin (original screenplay)
Michael Finch (screenplay)
Adam Copeland (Lucas Nolan)
Patrick Sabongui (Vasti)
C.J. Perry (Becky)
Michael Rogers (Mark Law)
Julia Benson (Sara Ward)
Erica Carroll (Joan Marian)
Former WWE superstar Adam “Edge” Copeland finds himself in a very deadly cat-and-mouse game with a formidable enemy in this action thriller.
Lucas Nolan is one of the best FBI negotiatiors in the city with his power of memorization. He is so good that he stopped a bank robber by learning how long the robber takes to shoot and reload his gun. However, while he is at the top of his game, he is about to meet his match. When a mysterious suspect appears at the Federal Building in Minneapolis to inform the front desk clerk about a bomb, the bomb goes off and the man is arrested right away.
What soon ensues is a game that Lucas, who is recommended by his friend Mark, is forced to play with the suspect. Lucas must answer a series of questions that will reveal what is truth and what is a lie. Should he answer correctly, he will learn the location of another bomb in the city. If not, he will be held liable for the death of many. While FBI superior agent Sara Ward is skeptical of Lucas, she is forced to go along with the game while IT expert Becky, receiving a mysterious flashdrive that Lucas had given her after an escape attempt goes wrong, attempts to decrypt the data in hopes to learn who the suspect is and where the bombs are hidden. Will Lucas be able to win this deadly game with a suspect that could truly be his deadliest foe ever?
Here is the thing with WWE Studios’ films. They tend to be a hit or miss, depending on the taste of the action or at times comedy film fan. WWE Studios is primarily known for action films, notably their Marine and 12 Rounds franchises. For their latest action thriller, we have a deadly cat-and-mouse game that in some way could be seen as a counterpart to Countdown, which had WWE Dolph Ziggler look for a child strapped with a bomb where we have a cat-and-mouse game between a top FBI negotiator and a bombing suspect.
Adam Copeland truly drives the film as lead character Lucas Nolan, who not only must deal with the central cat-and-mouse game but also confronts his past as we see a series of flashbacks from how Lucas gained his abilities but the effects of having to live as a homeless teen after his father is jailed for attempting to rob a pawn shop. Canadian actor Patrick Sabongui is also brilliant as the criminal mastermind who forces Lucas into this cat-and-mouse game. The cat-and-mouse game brings a vibe that is similar to the 1999 Hong Kong film Running Out of Time, but only when these two are on screen together, which happens for most of the film as the “game” is a series of questions and riddles that must be answered to seek the locations of the bombs.
While she is given some top billing in the film, it seems that a current WWE superstar, C.J. “Lana” Perry, is not really given enough to do. She plays a computer expert for the FBI who spends most of her time behind the computer attempting to decrypt a flashdrive that was in the criminal’s hands earlier. And for the record, that is Perry’s natural American accent in the film where he character in the squared circle is Russian. Julia Rogers’ Sara Ward comes up as quite an annoyance due to her skepticism of Lucas, causing her to do almost nothing more than spend most of the film berating Lucas any chance she has while Michael Rogers’ Mark tries to be a voice of reason for Lucas.
However, while the film does have a vibe that may seem somewhat standard, there is a final twist that is both unexpected as well as jaw-dropping and ultimately bumps up the film into an above average due to its running time of just under ninety minutes, which works perfect for this film.
Interrogation starts out as a routine cat-and-mouse game with both character driven performances and some performances that are not so great. However, the twist in the finale proves to be something that makes this film a slightly better than average WWE Studios film.
WFG RATING: B+