'The Interview': Texas cinema defiantly replaces cancelled Kim Jong-un assassination film with free screening of 'TEAM AMERICA'

At no point do they not refer to the film in capitals

Adam Withnall
Thursday 18 December 2014 09:38 GMT
A scene from 'Team America: World Police' featuring a puppet depicting Kim Jong-Il
A scene from 'Team America: World Police' featuring a puppet depicting Kim Jong-Il

There has been a mixed reaction to Sony’s decision to cancel the release of The Interview due to an anonymous security threat, but one Texas cinema’s response has been outstandingly, quintessentially American.

Several major cinema chains across the US had said they would not be showing Seth Rogen and James Franco’s film the plot of which focuses on a mission to assassinate Kim Jong-Un – after a group of hackers invoked the 9/11 attacks and promised “a bitter fate” to those attending the Christmas Day release.

That prompted Sony Pictures to pull the plug on the film altogether, while the threat has been subject to an intensive investigation from the FBI – while may come out blaming North Korea for the hacks later today.

A still from The Interview, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco

The Alamo Drafthouse in Texas was one independent cinema willing to brave the threat and show the film regardless, it said. But now that it has been cancelled, they have decided to put on a showing of Team America: World Police instead.

The cinema hailed that movie – which is about a North Korean plot to destroy the world and features Kim's father Jong-Il – as “THE GREATEST MOVIE MADE ABOUT AMERICAN PATRIOTISM EVER”.

The cinema doesn’t seem to acknowledge the satirical nature of South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s film – which opens with the Team America “World Police” saving Paris from terrorists by destroying all its major landmarks.

But the new listing on the Alamo Drafthouse’s website is a glorious display of American defiance and pride in “independence”.

It reads as follows: “Sure, you can celebrate your independence the usual way: slow sipping a beer as you stand over a grill while people you have only mild contempt for wait inside for their free meal. OR you can join The Action Pack as we celebrate the GREATEST MOVIE MADE ABOUT AMERICAN PATRIOTISM EVER and celebrate its 10th anniversary!

“The world is different in 2014 than it was in 2004. Kim Jong Il is gone. I don't know if Michael Moore is still around or not. But a lot of the brilliance in TEAM AMERICA is timeless. Acting is still the greatest gift any human being can possess, and it's the only way to save America from the terrorists. Puppet f***ing is still awesome. And Matt Damon is still Matt Damon.

“So celebrate your indendence [sic] this year with the Action Pack. We'll have subtitles for all the songs and all of our favorite quotes, so you'll have plenty of opportunities to scream out "AMERICA! F*** YEAH!" at the top of your lungs. And yeah, we will have American flags, red white and blue streamers, balloons, and more for everyone. And THAT is how true American heroes will be celebrating this year, but if you want to let the terrorists win...well, that's your prerogative.”

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