I saw a movie the other night in the theater where the Aurora shooting happened. It was very unsettling, and I felt a little jumpy the whole time I was there. These threats hit a little closer to home for me than it probably does for others. I think the theaters did the right thing canceling the showings. But the whole thing is a shame and makes me mad. I hope they can take some action against the hackers.
Oh, and I plan to watch this movie now just to spite North Korea. I might actually pay when I download it.
It looks like Sony's decision was based on theater companies not wanting to show the film. That's more a reflection on the theaters. That being said, Sony could have released the movie to television, PPV, streaming, etc. THAT decision is on them.
This whole episode is indicative of how far down the rabbit hole we've fallen. The idea that a vague threat by a group that has shown no capability of carrying out the threat can prompt this reaction is sickening.
Hell, I bought a copy of The Satanic Verses just because of all the threats the jihadi's were making and they actually had a history of carrying out threats.
I have a feeling the flick is a bomb. My one time neighbor Seth hasn't had any big ones of late, and if the audio clips are any example, this is a stinker. Before the big threat, there was talk of going direct to video for "security reasons"
So, rather than lose another $100 million, they cut their loses and create a huge demand in DVD and PPV.
Frankly, I am disappointed at the US response over all. I would have thought the greatest nation on earth would rally, that patriots would have flooded theaters to show those Korean pricks they will not be bullied by a primitive people.
Once again, terrorism wins.
"Small people talk about people, average people talk about events, great people talk about ideas" Eleanor Roosevelt
Although this movie wasn't going to be as good as "The Wizard of OZ" or "Gone with the Wind" it was still wrong to pull it to cowtow to the troublemakers.
“Egotist, n. A person of low taste, more interested in himself than in me.”
― Ambrose Bierce, The Unabridged Devil's Dictionary
"It ain't what they call you, it's what you answer to." - W. C. Fields
I would never have paid to watch that movie. Then again I'd never watch it period even for free..