“Gone Girl” Malaysia release cancelled, “Kill the Messenger” coming soon

Gone Girl Kill the Messenger Malaysia

Update (4/12/2014): The Malaysia release of Gone Girl on 11 Dec. 2014 will be the international cut. Read more…

Update (7/11/2014): Fox has announced that Gone Girl will be released in Malaysia on 11 December 2014, replacing Exodus: Gods and Kings. Read more…

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Update (8/10/2014): According to Fox’s reply to an enquiry on Facebook, Gone Girl was “taken out of the release plan here due to the excessive censor cuts required, which significantly affect the movie experience.” So I guess the fans were half right. The film had a lot to censor but it wasn’t actually banned.

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Malaysia Movie Updates: Gone Girl starring Ben Affleck pulled from cinemas, Kill the Messenger starring Jeremy Renner to be released this week

After showing its trailers and posters for months at cinemas around Malaysia, distributor of the movie 20th Century Fox Malaysia suddenly announced that Gone Girl will no longer be showing in Malaysia. Though the reasons are not clear, those who read the book it’s adapted from believe that it might have been banned by the local film censorship board due to the amount of obscene scenes. From the trailer, it certainly didn’t look like there’s gonna be too many sex scenes, if any at all, but it does feature nude model Emily Ratajkowski (you know, the gorgeous topless girl in Robin Thicke’s uncensored music video of Blurred Lines) in the cast.

Directed by multiple-time Oscar nominee David Fincher (The Social Network, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Fight Club, Zodiac) this drama thriller is currently on top of the box office in the US and 87% certified fresh film on Rotten Tomatoes.

That was the bad news, here’s the good news; Kill the Messenger, a drama thriller featuring “Hawkeye” Jeremy Renner in the leading role, will be released in Malaysia by GSC Movies this Friday (10 October) following the world premiere. Directed by Michael Cuesta, the film is based a true story about reporter/journalist Gary Webb who becomes the target of a vicious smear campaign that drives him to the point of suicide after he exposes the CIA’s role in arming Contra rebels in Nicaragua and importing cocaine into California. Among all the other movies releasing this week, I would definitely want to watch this one the most. The film currently holds 7 positive reviews out of 10 on Rotten Tomatoes.

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