EL James fans around the world have been restlessly anticipating the release of Fifty Shades of Grey for months – but the S&M film is reportedly a bit of a slow burner.
According to one of the very first reviews, there is no sex at all for the first 40 minutes – and only 11 minutes of raunchy scenes throughout the entire two-hour movie.
However, the reviewer said that little is left to the imagination when things finally do heat up: "They make every one of those 11 minutes count with boobs, bums and even a glimmer of Jamie’s manhood making it on to the silver screen."
Directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, the 18-rated film has been criticised by domestic violence campaigners in America, who have called for a boycott ahead of its official premiere at the Berlin Film Festival on Wednesday.
Three leading US cinema chains – AMC, Regal Entertainment and Cinemark – have requested that theatre-goers do not bring whips, ties, ropes or more into screenings.
Meanwhile, the film has been banned in Malaysia for being "more like pornography than a movie". Malaysia’s Film Censorship Board said it contained "scenes that are not of natural sexual content".
Fifty Shades of Grey is scheduled for release in the UK on 13 February - just in time for Valentine’s Day.
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