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Thursday, December 15, 2005

The Da Vinci Code: The Movie

The Da Vinci Code

Finally... The highly anticipated movie adapted from the controversial no. 1 New York Times best-selling novel by Dan Brown, The Da Vinci Code will be launching its world première next May!

Much to my delight and surprise, the movie which stars the Academy Awards winning actor Tom Hanks as the main character Robert Langdon will also première in Malaysian cinemas on May 18th 2006! However, I'm still sceptical of this. It's no wonder that I treat the Malaysian film-première with scepticism mainly due to the limitation of the 2004's highly controversial movie of Mel Gibson, The Passion of the Christ to Malaysian Christian audiences only and was only made available in a few selected Malaysian cinemas. Before the intervention of the current Malaysian Prime Minister, Dato' Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi during the World Council of Churches (WCC) Faith and Order plenary commission meeting held in the Malaysian capital in 2004 upon the inquiries of reporters regarding the movie, Gibson's film was completely banned in predominantly Muslim Malaysia. Since The Da Vinci Code is also a movie depicting the history of Christianity, or more precisely the history of Roman Catholicism, which is the largest denomination of Christianity, my only concern is that it might fall under the same fate as well.

But on the other hand, The Da Vinci Code can be described as an anti-Christian film, since it openly challenges the universally accepted dogma of Christianity for the past 2000 years and debates about its legitimacy, by claiming that Jesus Christ is neither God nor the Son of God, and that He was actually married to Mary Magdalene, a devoted disciple of Him, who was even pregnant with His child. In contrast to traditional Christian beliefs, Muslims reject the fact that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, but they regard Him as a revered prophet (Nabi Isa al-Masih) of the Islamic faith. This argument resembles what The Da Vinci Code has claimed. Since this view coincides with the Islamic teachings, the movie might be able to pass the stringent measures taken by the authorities of the Malaysian Film Censorship Board.

Citing the factors given above, I could only conclude that chances for this movie to make its début here is 50:50. Nevertheless, I bet it's going to be 2006's hottest film. I'm hoping that this movie would be able to reach the Malaysian silver screen as slated.


sophisticatedsoul said...

Well, I'm anticipating it too. In fact, with bated breath. And you know us people, even if it's banned in the country, we can still get hold of it somehow, right?

kyh said...

Yeah... We're still able to get it here somehow as here isn't Singapore, where the rules against piracy are remarkably strict. However, the sensation of watching a bad quality movie (pirated VCDs' quality ain't nice rite...) at home is kinda lacklustre... No matter how, watching our favourtie movies on the huge cinematic screen with stereo surround is still one of the best enjoyments in this world rite...