…will not be found here.
Over the course of the past week, Fox has had its hands full trying to deal with a leaked copy of the new X-Men Origins: Wolverine movie. It’s an unfinished version of the film that’s set to be released the first week of May, and it’s floating all over the Internet. If you want to find a copy, go ahead and start looking. You won’t have any problem doing so.
My question, though, is this: Why would you want to do that? Normally, I don’t really care about piracy (at all), and I wouldn’t hesitate to watch the latest blockbusters without paying for them; but the line should be drawn somewhere, right? I’ve seen pirated movies a few weeks after they’ve hit the theatres, when I’ve made up my mind that the only way I’ll ever watch the movies is if I illegally download them, but I’ve never actually skipped out on watching a movie in theatres in favor of watching it on my computer. The quality’s usually crap, and it’s a pain in the ass sitting on my computer and watching something that’s meant to be viewed on a screen the size of a broad side of a barn.
Furthermore, this is an incomplete cut of the film. Lots of special effects are missing from it, the sound isn’t complete, and yet, it’s being downloaded in droves by spoiler-sport nerds across the world.
Let’s go back in time for a second, shall we? Imagine the year is 1991. What are the odds of seeing an adaptation of Wolverine on the big screen? Fairly slim, wouldn’t you say? Yet, comic book movies have grown in popularity over the years, and the big studios are now willing to take chances on Wolverine, Daredevil, Watchmen, Thor, Captain America, hell, I’m sure we’ll even see a Deathlok movie one of these days. And how do we repay this devotion to a previously untapped market? We cheat the system and try to lower the total amount of money these movies will make, thereby sending us back to a time when no studio feels the need to adapt comic book characters anymore? Sure, that’s the absolute worst case scenario, but, in effect, if everybody who wanted to see Wolverine downloaded it instead, that’d be the last we’d see of the guy.
So, join me, won’t you? Piracy’s not always a bad thing, but let’s at least avoid this form of idiotic piracy. Stick to downloading movies that’ve been out on DVD and shown on TV for years. But let’s ignore these leaks of movies that are still a month away from seeing the light of day, okay?
Alright, I’m done ranting for now. And that’s probably the last time you’ll hear me standing up for the poor little movie studios in Hollywood.