Austinites react to Sony halting release of ‘The Interview’

Credit: Amanda Brandeis

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Those wanting to see “The Interview” will have to wait after Sony Pictures announced Wednesday they will not release the movie on Christmas Day as originally planned. The move comes after threats from an anonymous group of hackers promising violence to those who go see the movie.

Federal officials said North Korea carried out the attack and their investigation into the The Guardians of Peace is ongoing. The country has publicly condemned the movie’s plot about an assassination of leader Kim Jong Un.

Sony says they canceled the release out of caution and because a number of big-theater chains canceled screenings.

“The idea that hackers, whether it’s in the future or now, can bring down a motion picture company is startling,” said Austin resident Aaron Yeats.

“We’re becoming a country that’s afraid of taking a lot of risks,” believes moviegoer Barbara Heckler.

“I thought it was brave they were going to do such a politically dangerous movie,” said Kris Monier. “I thought it was really cool.”

Others say creating the film was reckless.

“I honestly couldn’t believe it got past the proposal stage,” said moviegoer Andrea Reavis. “How did they even put the money into making this movie? It just seems ridiculous to me.”

The Galaxy Highland theater in Austin was scheduled to air an advanced screening of the film Wednesday night. They canceled it earlier in the day, prior to Sony’s major decision.

After word of Sony’s decision, Flix Brewhouse in Round Rock is picking up a film they originally didn’t have room for called “The Gambler,” starring Mark Wahlberg.

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