Balloons Take The Interview Movie Into North Korea
The movie, The Interview, has made over 15 million and available to over 55 million Americans now. Was the hack into Sony Pictures a product of North Korea's retribution for the film? Some think it was not and say it was an inside job by a person who formerly worked there in their IT department. For those who have not seen it, the movie is a two star out of five star movie. There are some funny moments, some gross humor, but the whole theme is to attack North Korea on some level, which is why NK would call it an "act of war". Of course, the leader does get killed but he is not assassinated. The CIA plot to poison him with a handshake totally fails with humor. The "interview" itself is at first all scripted by NK, but when Franco goes off script with hardball questions, the NK leader is enraged and shoots Franco during the broadcast. He is not dead because of a bullet proof vest. The chase scene then ensues between a gunship and T-55 tank. It is worth seeing, but is forgettable.
South Korean activists view the movie as a great propaganda film to turn those in North Korea a reality check, at least a skewed American view of their leader shared by many. To foil the North Korean defenses, the 100,000 DVDs and USB sticks, will be attached to balloons at the proper time later this month to float across the DMZ. Funding for the mission is from several US Human Rights organizations. South Korea has done this before with balloons in October 2014, the result was that NK fired upon the balloons. While the DVDs with the movie is a good idea, the problem is that most North Koreans probably do not own a DVD player or a computer, which costs three month's salary. Even if a DVD made it, it is a criminal act to watch the film now, most would not risk it. The film will be in Korean, however.
The South Korean balloon assault will occur sometime after January 20th. It will be interesting to see what NK does. Stay tuned.