by TOMMY VANTICHELT
Seth Rogan and James Franco play in the extremely controversial movie, The Interview. This action comedy is rated R for pervasive language, crude and sexual humor, nudity, some drug use, and bloody violence. Although this movie didn’t play in theaters, due to threats made by North Korea, it was released by other means online. In the movie Dave Skylark (James Franco) and his producer, Aaron Rapoport (Seth Rogan) run a national television show called “Skylark Tonight” where they talk on all the things everyone wants to know that are vastly unimportant. However, one of their biggest fans happens to be the leader and dictator of North Korea, Kim Jong-Un. Since their interview was scored with one of the most manipulative people on the face of the Earth, the C.I.A step in to recruit them to end the dictator’s reign and assassinate him. And then begins their trip to Pyongyang, North Korea. Before this movie was released our movie theaters were told not to release it. Our theaters were threatened by North Korea itself; terrorist threats were made. Sony was also hacked and the mass majority of its information leaked due to this. All of this happened all because of a stupid comedy made by the same directors of countless comedies such as “Pineapple Express” and “Superbad.” Although these two actors play some very undesirable characters, James Franco and Seth Rogan play some very enjoyable personalities in this movie. Tess Holfmann from “The Playlist” wrote this about the movie, “comedy is most effective when it’s taking a risk. Here, the directors took a big risk, and managed to finesse something shocking and novel out of the familiar Franco-Rogen dynamic without overplaying their hand.” I couldn’t have said it any better myself.