With fans filling the movie theaters in the United States, “GI JOE 2: Retaliation,” is a box office success. It was planned to open in Pakistan on April 5th, but that won’t be happening. The Central Board of Film Censors has labeled the movie as “anti-Pakistani”.
A small glitch in an otherwise well received holiday weekend premier. The film stars Bruce Willis, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Channing Tatum.
There was some concern that Channing Tatum would be accepted in a co-leading role in this type of cinema along with proven action stars Willis and Johnson. With the film grossing 51.7 million dollars over the long weekend, worries are over.
The theme of the movie is that the “G I Joes” are framed for stealing nuclear warheads from Pakistan, and then targeted for death by a U.S. Presidential imposter.
Pakistan’s objections come from their decision that their country is soft on terrorism. They also object to a scene when the Pakistani President is assassinated after he declares martial law.
“Zero Dark Thirty”, the movie based on the killing of Osama Bin Laden was not banned. However, Pakistani critics labeled the movie “Zero IQ Thirty”, and “Very Zero, Very Dark”.
And does Hollywood really give a hoot about the Pakistani market? Probably not. It’s commonplace for tinsel town directors and producers to intentionally inject political statements into their films. With the majority of Americans doubting Pakistan’s position on terrorism, and believing that their military had harbored Bin Laden intentionally, Director John Chu may have hoped for just such a reaction by the Pakistani government.
Columnist-The Guardian Express