New Movie “The Interview” Sparks Chaos Worldwide

By Ben Waitches-Eubanks

Catlin Gabel School, Catlin Speak

On December 25, 2014, Sony Pictures plans to release the comedy film, “The Interview”. For many months, the movie has brought about some disputes between various people from both North Korea and the U.S.

The movie is centered around Dave Skylark (James Franco) and Aaron Rapaport (Seth Rogen), who both work for a TV show. The two friends find out that Kim Jong-un is a fan of the show, so they schedule a trip to North Korea. Before they can leave however, the CIA makes a simple request: “Take him out.”

In the first official trailer, the audience finds out that Kim Jong-un is a fan of Katy Perry, small “crazy cute” dogs, and large tanks.Agent Lacey (Lizzy Caplan), who works for the CIA, makes this request to Skylark and Rapaport in the second official trailer for “The Interview”. They later travel to North Korea, and attempt to assassinate Kim Jong-un (Randall Park).

Before any trailers had been released, North Korean officials began criticizing the film, the entire American film industry and government. Kim Myong-chol from the Center for Korean-American Peace (CFKAP) claimed, “There is a special irony in this storyline as it shows the desperation of the US government and American society.”

Meanwhile Rogen updated his Twitter feed stating, “Apparently Kim Jong Un plans on watching #TheInterview. I hope he likes it!!”

In addition, on July 11, 2014, the UN ambassador Ja Song Nam credited the film as an act of terrorism and war.

About four months later on Nov. 24, 2014, the entire Sony Pictures Entertainment computer network was shut down anonymously. Files were deleted and movies were prematurely released to the public. Oddly enough, “The Interview” was not leaked.

Although North Korea denied any association with the hacking, they called it a “righteous deed.”

All of these factors could have contributed to Sony’s decision to disallow any interviews with the cast of “The Interview” the next two weeks of December 2014.

Regardless of all of the publicity, “The Interview” is still set for it’s release.

About Grace Masback

Grace Masback, 17, aspires to give voice to the voiceless and holds the modest ambition of becoming the voice of Gen Z. Frustrated by the dearth of impactful platforms for teen journalists, she founded WANT, a news, sports, and entertainment website that aggregates the best in high school journalism from school newspapers and teen bloggers around the world (www.wantnewsforteens.com).

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