It was revealed on the 16 May that Uwe Boll’s latest game-to-movie travesty (judging on his track record, rather than actual reviews) was going to have a scaled down release. I’m not talking a 5% drop in theatre numbers, or even 10%.
“Posted“, based on the eponymous game, was set to be released on 1,500 screens across America. This has now been scaled back to just four. 1,500 to 4. That’s quite dramatic, really.
According to Boll’s latest press release,
“Theatrical distributors are boycotting Postal because of its political content”
Certainly, the movie is politically sensitive. One scene shows a jet flying into the South Tower of the World Trade Center, reminiscent of the September 11, 2001 attacks. Politically sensitive surely, but there have been two movies dedicated to 9/11 released, namely World Trade Center and United 93. Has Uwe Boll considered that his film’s being pulled not because of its political sensitivity, but rather because it is absolute garbage?
For those of you unfamiliar with Uwe Boll, I do apologise for introducing you to him. The man fancies himself somewhat of a cinematic revelation, translating video games onto the big screen. As of April 4, 2008, Alone in the Dark, BloodRayne II: Deliverance and House of the Dead appear on the Internet Movie Database’s Bottom 100 films list.
No one in America would be able to get away with this; Boll finances his movie primarily through German investors and tax rewards for film investments. He certainly doesn’t acquire the money from revenue, as his films tend to perform poorly upon release.
Yet still he seems to get films into production. Fair play to whoever made the decision to pull the movie.
In the words of Edmund Blackadder, “PS. Please, please, please STOP.”