The director of artistic censorship, Madkur Thabet, said: "Despite the high technology and fabulous effects of the movie, it explicitly handles the issue of existence and creation, which are related to the three divine religions, which we all respect and believe in." The movie "tackles the issue of the creator and his creations, searching the origin of creation and the issue of compulsion and free will," it said. "Such religious issues, raised in previous times, caused crises."
One Egyptian critic, Wael Abdel Fatah, said: "The press launched a campaign to stop showing the movie, saying that it reflects Zionist ideas, and promotes Jewish and Zionist beliefs."
So much for "respect and believe in", eh?
I wonder if they ban Dune and Neuromancer, two other popular SF works with "Zionist ideas".
The director of the Actor's Pyramid, Malkur Thabaum, said: "Despite the high technology and fabulous effects of the movie, it explicitly handles the issue of acting and stagecraft, which are related to the three dramatic unities, which we all respect and believe in." The movie "tackles the issue of the writers and their words, projecting the meaning of those words and the issue of inflection and intonation," it said. "Such acting issues, raised in the previous film, caused crises."
He then added, "What was that with Lawrence Fishburn taking his shirt off and making like Captain Kirk? He's so much better when he's just quietly authoritative."
He was just trying to reprise his dance scene from Apocalypse Now.
They're probably just pissed off because everybody keeps going "Zion, Zion, Zion" in the movie. it's such a giveaway! Maybe they could release a special Egyptian dub where they call it "Happytown" instead.
"which are related to the three divine religions, which we all respect and believe in."
wow. everyone believes in 3 religions? what about the other ones? i wonder if the national universities have a philosophy major or is that just working with logical expression.
jewish teachings state that creation was perfect but was tainted by rogue forces. Also, the flesh is impure and downright foul.
gnostic teachings state that creation ws broken to begin with, created by a cruel and possibly defective deity, and that through the right sort of knowledge, one can become free from this tainted creation.
While mostly Gnostic, it has bits and pieces culled from many different religions.
I originally picked the "Zion" thing as being in the Rastafarian sense, with the world in the Matrix as their "Babylon" - ties in nicely with having a ship called the Nebuchadnezzar.
I still haven't seen the second film yet, but the first read a lot like year 1 university philosophy/religious studies lectures with a bit of cyberpunk and postmodernism thrown in, rather than a concerted effort at Zionist propaganda in the Jewish sense.
>jewish teachings state that creation was perfect but was tainted by >rogue forces. Also, the flesh is impure and downright foul.
Um, not really.
I think it's part of some clever Publicists' just mucking up a bit more than usual.
If raising religious issues causes 'crises' - maybe y'all better do a little work on that religion, eh?
Pretty much every belief system has issues that cause conflicts/schisms.