from here to Timbuktoo (earlier version of Timbuktu), evoking a place at the end the earth. Once a transshipment point for gold and salt, this is now a dusty settlement of perhaps 60,000 which was overrun by ISIL Everyone in the film is Muslim, but there are extremists (ISIL) and the masses. Enjoyment of life is forbidden by ISIL occupiers: no music, no sports, women must wear gloves... The mobile phone, though, is omnipresent, and so is modern technology, as another kind of life contrast. If you think you're having a tough time, go see this movie. Frankly, I found the flick mostly boring and drawn out.
Netflix, and stumbled into it. It is appearing that, in general, revenues from online video streaming will surpass box office receipts. The Interview might well have changed the nature of going to the movies. While television did not spell the end of theaters, you can hardly find book and "record" stores anymore. The world wide web has made it too convenient to stay home. Food and drinks are much cheaper and you don't need to drive. The Interview has shot past $40 million through these subscriptions, and has surpassed the cost of production.
Rotten Tomatoes gave 53% and 50% ratings to the effort, and I thought the script could have been a whole lot more meaningful. There were moments, and, all in all, I did enjoy the film.