I finally got to see the highly anticipated and controversial film (according to North Korea) starring Seth Rogen and James Franco. Written by Dan Sterling and Seth Rogen and Directed by Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen, this action-packed 2014 comedy that was banned for a few months because of content with the assassination of Kim Jong-un (North Korea’s president); causing not only a threat from North Korea and the hacking into Sony Studios but also massive chaos by the masses to see what was so offensive in the first place!
Brilliant strategy if you ask me, as ‘the film they didn’t want you to see’ is all the buzz and doing incredibly well, all things considered. The budget was $44 million USD but because of the delay in theaters as well as the ban they only grossed $6 million USD. Despite that set-back it is a movie ‘everybody’ is obliged to see because of the real-life persons involved and the amount of attention it stirred.
Crammed-pack with hip-hop and modern pop music, pervasive language, sexual humor, nudity and graphic blood and drug use it is the typical Hollywood entertainment type script. Is it well executed technically-speaking? Most certainly. Does it deliver on laughs? Indeed it does. The actors turned friends (Rogen and Franco) deliver what the people want in excellent and comedic fashion. They work well together and had it not been for all the controversy before their opening, it would have paid big in the box-office.