The Promise is an American film directed by Terry George, director of Hotel Rwanda and played by Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac, set during the genocide of the Armenian population between 1915 and 1916. The Promise discusses the 1915 Armenian genocide through a love story between the characters played by Christian Bale, Oscar Isaac and Frenchwoman Charlotte Le Bon.
A sensitive subject if it is in Turkey. Ankara has always contested the term genocide and unleashes its anger against anyone who disputes the official version, according to which there have been massacres that have claimed Turkish and Armenian victims.
The film by Irish director Terry George, who is also responsible for Hotel Rwanda, has found himself in the crosshairs of an army of Internet users who support the Turkish authorities. The Promise with a budget of over $ 100 million is one of the most expensive independent films in Hollywood history.
This is not the first time that Hollywood has been struggling to release a film about the genocide of the Armenians. In the 1970s, MGM had agreed to produce an adaptation of Franz Werfel's novel The forty days of Musa Dagh, which deals with this issue, with Clark Gable in the lead role. But the studio finally gave up, after suffering Turkish diplomatic pressure relayed by the US State Department. The rights of the film were resold and a low budget version, still available on YouTube was born in 1980.
However, the movie's IMDB page is already flooded with thousands and thousands of star ratings that have drastically lowered the average of a $ 100 million budget movie that will bring the theme of Armenian genocide in front of the big movie theaters. The trolling and downvoting operation had already started last September, after the film's release at the Toronto Film Festival.
The reason for this mobilization is very simple. Turkey has never officially recognized the crime perpetrated against the Armenians.