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The movie’s BORING!
Journalists gave the eagerly awaited film “The Da Vinci Code” a cool reception at its first press screening on Tuesday, a day ahead of the world premiere of the adaptation of Dan Brown’s controversial novel.
The release of the big-budget Hollywood thriller has already prompted a wave of protests from Christians across the world who believe the theories put forward in the novel are blasphemous.
The outcry from religious groups in India, the Philippines, South Korea and the United States among others has made the film one of the most controversial releases since Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” in 2004.
The Vatican has led the offensive against The Da Vinci Code, calling for a boycott and even unspecified legal action against both the book and film.
While the protests have provided studio Sony Pictures with the kind of publicity money can’t buy, the reaction at the first press screening in Cannes was largely negative, and loud laughter broke out at one of the pivotal scenes.
“Nothing really works. It’s not suspenseful. It’s not romantic. It’s certainly not fun,” said Stephen Schaefer of the Boston Herald.
“It seems like you’re in there forever. And you’re conscious of how hard everybody’s working to try to make sense of something that basically perhaps is unfilmable.”
Once I heard that the studio wasn’t providing advanced screenings, I knew the jig was up. They tried to paint it as perserving the mystery but when a movie doesn’t do advance screenings it usually means that they don’t want the bad reviews to get out before opening weekend – when it’s too late for most movie goers to pick a diferent movie.