Interrogation Equals Flashback
The story is told via a character being pumped for information.


(permanent link) added: 2011-06-14 18:41:39 sponsor: Ajardoor (last reply: 2013-10-31 21:43:21)

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When the 'here' in the Framing Device of How We Got Here is under a harsh light and an uncomfortable chair.

Or maybe the police are just asking a few questions to a material witness.

Popular deconstruction of this trope is that the character is lying and the Flashback isn't really what happened.

Another possible deconstruction could be having the Audience Surrogate being the guy to beat, drug and torment The Hero, who can't really supply a completely sensical and detailed flashback.

Examples:
  • The Usual Suspects
  • The X Files episode "the Unusual Suspects" opens with Detective Munch from Homicide: Life on the Street interrogaing Byers as to what happened during a shoot-out at a Baltimore warehouse.
  • Slumdog Millionaire. Basically, after torturing him didn't work, the police decided to let the hero tell his story to explain how he knew the answers on the Millionaire show.
  • Following.
  • Big Trouble in Little China starts with Egg Shen being questioned by his (rather unfriendly) lawyer about what happened. Egg Shen starts explaining, which fades into the events that started off the whole situation.
  • NCIS (Very) Special Agent Anthony Di Nozzo was tortured by a terrorist leader in the S7 premiere of the show, as the man sought information about what NCIS was and how it was related to the death of several of the terrorist's agents. The terrorist's questions and a Truth Serum lead Di Nozzo to explain about the different members of his group in flashbacks.
  • The entire plot of Dragon Age II is one big flashback of Varric, who is being interrogated by Cassandra Pentaghast.
  • The first Assassin's Creed game involves Desmond being interrogated inside the Animus, a device that gives him flashbacks of his ancestors' lives, allowing him to relive the memories of Altair's life.
  • The Interactive Fiction game Spider And Web
  • The Mothman episode of Lost Tapes.
  • In No Way Out, the Framing Device is Lt. Cmdr Tom Farrell being interrogated [[spoilers:by his Soviet handlers]].
  • The story in Rising Sun unfolds via the interrogation of detective Web (Wesley Snipes), concerning his handling of the murder at the Nakamoto Corporation and his involvent with Connor (Sean Connery). It is shown through a series of flashbacks from Web's POV.
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops
  • Alpha Protocol has a less hostile variant.
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