The hype isn’t worth it for The Interview

Critics, at least according to The Hill, are hating on the Sony Pictures film which caused an international incident with its plot to kill Communist North Korean Dictator Kim Jung Un.

The movie is scoring just a 50 percent positive review from critics on the Rotten Tomatoes website.

It’s worse with top critics, who give it a measly 32 percent positive rating.

LA Timed critics Betsy Sharkey writes “Characterizing it as satire elevates the creative execution of the film’s very silly faux assassination of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un far beyond what it merits.”

But to the underlying story about the controversy surrounding the film.

The Daily Beast claims along with CBS News that North Korea DID NOT do the hack.  It seems, the site claims, it was the work of the usual suspect of a disgruntled employee.

From The Daily Beast…

All the evidence leads me to believe that the great Sony Pictures hack of 2014 is far more likely to be the work of one disgruntled employee facing a pink slip. I may be biased, but, as the director of security operations for DEF CON, the world’s largest hacker conference, and the principal security researcher for the world’s leading mobile security company, Cloudflare, I think I am worth hearing out.

From CBS…

Cybersecurity experts are questioning the FBI’s claim that North Korea is responsible for the hack that crippled Sony Pictures. Kurt Stammberger, a senior vice president with cybersecurity firm Norse, told CBS News his company has data that doubts some of the FBI’s findings.

“Sony was not just hacked, this is a company that was essentially nuked from the inside,” said Stammberger.

“While Norse is not involved in the Sony case, it has done its own investigation.

“We are very confident that this was not an attack master-minded by North Korea and that insiders were key to the implementation of one of the most devastating attacks in history,” said Stammberger.

“He says Norse data is pointing towards a woman who calls herself “Lena” and claims to be connected with the so-called “Guardians of Peace” hacking group. Norse believes it’s identified this woman as someone who worked at Sony in Los Angeles for ten years until leaving the company this past May.

Inside job, anyone to make a p-r stunt out of a movie that probably was a dud to start?  The other sign of a film being up for a “Razzie” award…not being available to critics.


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