So, the Manila city council has passed a resolution banning “The Da Vinci Code” in all cinemas in the city because the movie “is undoubtedly offensive and contrary to established religious beliefs which cannot take precedence over the right of the persons involved in the film to freedom of expression.”
In a phone interview with ABS-CBN News, Manila vice mayor Danilo Lacuna said that people need to understand that the film is a work of fiction. Well, last time I checked, Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code was on New York Times’ fiction bestsellers list, so there’s no dispute about this. If the producers of the movie made the claim that it is “based on a true story”, I’d be concern. But it’s not. Even documentaries shown on National Geographic aren’t necessarily less misleading.
Why all the fuss then?
Furthermore, banning the movie in Manila serves no real purpose. It will only inconvenience moviegoers who can always hop over to neighbouring cities to watch the controversial film.
And Tom Hanks, the leading actor in “The Da Vinci Code“, defended the movie against its critics: “This is not a documentary. This is not something that is pulled up and says ‘These are the facts and this is exactly what happened.’ … People who think things are true might be more dangerous than people who ponder the possibilities that maybe they are and maybe they aren’t.”