The controversial comedy gets mass interest from illegal downloaders despite some less than glowing reviews.
Following terrorist threats against cinemas showing The Interview, Sony Pictures cancelled the theatrical release of Seth Rogen’s Kim Jong-un assassination comedy on 17th December, although the film was announced to be getting limited cinema viewings on Christmas Day.
On 24th December Sony then made The Interview widely available to rent or own in HD across Youtube, Xbox Video, Google Play and the movie’s own website SeeTheInterview.com. A spate of torrents of the film started appearing online immediately after.
According to TorrentFreak within the first 20 hours of its digital release The Interview was downloaded illegally an estimated 750,000 times, with 1.5 million estimated pirated copies after the first two days, a figure which appears to now be slowing. TorrentFreak reports this rush of interest is down to the fact Sony failed the give international audiences access to the movie.
Meanwhile The Interview has received mixed reviews from critics with some panning the movie outright. The average score on Rotten Tomatoes is currently 5.8/10 with Metacritic giving the film 51/100. User ratings are higher however.