Crackle, a platform for viewing movies and TV shows on Android, Windows Phone and iOS is owned by Sony and since the company can’t muster up the courage to widely release The Interview, the free streaming platform might just to the trick. After the massive Sony Entertainment hack, we found out that North Korea-based hackers were instructed by the government to steal information from the studio that would be releasing the controversial The Interview movie.
The Interview is controversial because it depicts the assassination of current North Korean leader Kim-Jong Un. When the plot of the movie leaked out, North Korea seemed to have taken offense to the events depicted by Seth Rogen and James Franco. After death threats were made against theaters that would be showing The Interview, Sony decided to cancel the premiere and release of the movie altogether. With that, Crackle came into view, because Sony was and is intensely criticized for choosing to cave in to the terrorist threats, even though many would have done the same if their employees were receiving death threats from #GOP.
Thus, Sony might turn to Crackle to release the movie so as to put an end to the criticism as well as demonstrate that foreign nations shouldn’t have a say in how Hollywood depicts satire in blockbuster movies. While The Interview reviews are already swamping the internet saying that the movie isn’t bad, but it isn’t a shining example of work either, releasing the feature for free on Crackle seems like a good idea. The whole North Korean ordeal is pretty unclear, as the government denies involvement, yet evidence gathered by government agencies is incriminating. At least Crackle is a free cross-platform service that would allows to see the controversial movie and decide for ourselves if it is indeed offensive to North Korean citizens, or just offensive to Kim-Jong Un who is known for violent abuse of human rights in North Korea. Do you think Sony should have premiered the movie in spite of the pretty serious threats or do you think Crackle could be the best alternative for a risk-free release?