Hawaii movie fans respond to decision to pull 'The Interview'
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
Hollywood and an international conflict have collided in real life. The United States has confirmed North Korea is behind the hacking of Sony Pictures. In a stunning move the film company has decided not to release the movie "The Interview."
Even before Sony announced it was pulling the movie local theaters had stated they weren't going to show it anyway. It's a move that has movie fans shocked.
In the fictitious comedy "The Interview" Seth Rogan and James Franco's characters are tasked with killing North Korean leader Kim Jung Un. Despite being a ridiculous plot, it was considered an act of war by North Korea. The government hacked Sony Pictures and threatened terrorist attacks compared to 9/11 at any theater that screened the movie on Christmas Day.
It was enough to make movie theaters boycott showings prompting Sony to pull the plug on the movie that cost $44 million to make. The move turned movie buffs into critics.
"I think it's kind of a little ridiculous we're worried about those kinds of threats. I think for the most part they are probably unfounded," said Mitch McClain, Ewa Beach.
"I could see why they would get offended. It is a very vulgar movie," Kendell Elento, Kaneohe.
North Korea has threatened Hawaii and Guam before. Still many said giving in to the hackers was a shame.
"I'm a big believer in that being scared and hiding at home means they, being the terrorists, won. As Americans we can't let our lives be totally upset with that kind of stuff," said McClain.
"I wouldn't give in just because of the threats. I would go ahead as planned," said Darren Mather, Australia.
The Consolidated Theatres and Regal Cinemas in Hawaii issued written statements saying they wouldn't show the movie.
"In accordance with Sony Pictures Entertainment's decision to cancel the planned Christmas release of The Interview, Consolidated Theatres has no plans to show this movie in our Hawaii theatres at this time," said Rod Tengan, Division Manager, Consolidated Theatres.
"Due to the wavering support of the film "The Interview" by Sony Pictures, as well as the ambiguous nature of any real or perceived security threats, Regal Entertainment Group has decided to delay the opening of the film in our theatres," said Russ Nunley, Vice President Marketing & Communications, Regal Entertainment Group.
Hollywood also reacted. Rob Lowe, who is in the movie, tweeted, "Wow. Everyone caved. The hackers won. An utter and complete victory for them."
"While I understand the necessity to pull The Interview, it makes me furious. Free speech is the most admirable tenet in our constitution," said Dax Shepard, actor, via Twitter.
Others said America has lost its first Cyber war. Ironically, the drama behind the movie made many want to see the film even more.
"I want to watch it now. Wouldn't phase me going to watch it," said Mather.
"I'm not scared. That's all I'm saying," laughed Leana Kepa, Waimanalo.
Sony Pictures also stated it would not release the movie on DVD or video on demand either. Time will tell if suspense builds long enough for them to change their minds.