The Interview Netflix Instant release is here! Subscribers got a surprise on Saturday when the company sent out an email showing that the controversial Seth Rogen comedy is now available for streaming.
The film's embattled history made world headlines after a group of hackers going by the name Guardians of Peace (GoP) demanded that Sony not release the film, which paints a less-than-flattering depiction of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.
Sony at first caved to demands, whipping up a firestorm of criticism that came from President Obama to George Clooney. Twitter was also alive with boycotts when numerous multiplex theaters refused to carry it fearing terrorist attacks. Eventually, cooler heads prevailed, and The Interview got a limited theatrical release as well as a Christmas Day online release.
Overall the reception has been somewhat negative. Rotten Tomatoes has the movie with a 52 percent Rotten rating from critics. In a rare moment of user agreement, the RT community pretty much agreed, granting the film a 55 percent rating.
Given the events surrounding the film, it did enjoy a strong initial push online from conservatives and liberals alike, who were uniting behind the film to protest terrorism and attacks on free speech more than anything.
Even so, Sony estimates that Rogen's comedy will end up losing $30 million, and any interest The Interview Netflix release is likely to drum up is probably lost on conservatives, who have since taken a strong dislike to Seth Rogen.
That dislike stems from disparaging comments he made about American Sniper, the film chronicling the life of sniper and American hero Chris Kyle. Rogen compared the film, directed by Clint Eastwood, to Nazi propaganda before backtracking on those comments in a "clarification" that many felt was disingenuous.
The animosity has continued to follow Rogen's film among Netflix reviewers.
"Seth Rogen thinks that 'American Sniper' is the same as a Nazi movie. Don't watch this piece of trash movie or give this piece of trash person any more money."
Others simply didn't find it that funny.
"i felt it was my patriotic duty as an american to watch this movie. i couldnt get more than 20 min. in. its really stupid. but then again, im not a fan of most recent comedies."
Users on the streaming site have given it an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars.
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