I saw the movie with only a mild understanding of the controversy behind it. I was too excited about seeing a new Seth Rogan/James Franco movie the day before it was supposed to be released to question How the movie gods came to shine upon me so greatly. I don’t like to be swayed by news, reviews, or other peoples opinions before I have had a chance to make my own, so I sat down for some good old fashion entertainment before I did the research.
The Interview is the second movie directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. Aaron Rapoport (Rogen) & Dave Skylark (Franco) are journalists who land an interview with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un (played by Randall Park). Skylark and Rapoport are recruited by a sexy CIA agent (Lizzy Caplan, va voom!) to turn their trip to Pyongyang into an assassination mission. Rogen and Franco make the perfect “Odd Couple” and their journey is one hilarious mishap after another. Considering the cast, there are some outrageously entertaining scenes and it is chalked full of great one liners. I won’t say anything other than that about the movie, I’ll leave it up to you to see it for yourself 😉
In the most recent years the United States and North Korea are nuclear nations at war with Sweden acting as our protecting power. The North Korean government threatened “merciless” action against the US in June 2014 if Columbia Pictures went ahead with the release of The Interview. In a half-hearted agreement, some minor editions were reportedly made to the movie during the time the release was delayed from Oct 10-Dec 25.
In November the “Guardians of Peace” (which is a reference mentioned in the movie as well ) hacked into Sony computer systems leaking tons of sensitive internal information and other upcoming Sony films, demanding the “movie of terrorism” be pulled. On December 16th GOP threatened attacks against the cinemas that were agreeing to air The Interview. By December 17, all cinema chains were released by Sony from their screening contracts and everyone pulled out from airing the film which raised eyebrows from Hollywood, the media, and even the president of the US. Just as he feels the US should deal with terrorist threats, President Barrack Obama felt that Sony should not have given in to the demands. Sony stepped up correcting the misinformation and informed the public they had not pulled the release from fear of the threats but because All the cinemas had stepped down so there simply was no where TO release the film. Regardless, Sony was determined for the American public to see this controversial political comedy. With a bit of determination and the almighty power of the internet, the movie was leaked online. That is how I came to be so lucky to stumble across it on Christmas Eve, Sony Wants us to see it so they made it incredibly easy to get a hold of! You can rent it or purchase online, or do what I did and stream it for free here on Primewire. PROCEED WITH CAUTION. I have used Primewire.ag for almost a year without any problems but I would not recommend stepping foot in this site without proper protection for your computer (better safe than sorry). The movie’s Facebook page also offers a free download which you can link up to here: The Interview Full Movie Download Free Facebook
I loved reading Mike Fleming Jr’s in-depth interview with George Clooney about why Sony took the actions that they did. Clooney answers several questions and explains about the petition that was passed supporting Sony’s decision not to submit to the terrorist/hacker’s demands. You can enjoy Mike’s article on Deadline by following the link below.
If any of you have the pleasure of watching this movie I would love to hear your thoughts! Comment below and don’t sit to close to the screen or your eyes will rot!