CINEMA gives Da Vinci Code Adult Rating
18 May 2006— The Catholic INitiative for Enlightened Movie Appreciation (CINEMA), the movie review arm of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), gave the "Da Vinci Code" an R-18 rating Thursday.
"The film is something that we should not be afraid of," said Fr. Mario Sobrejuanite, vice-chairman of the CINEMA.
He said that unlike what is in the book, the attack on the Church portrayed in the film is lesser.
"The treatment is very different," he added. "There are lots of elements in the film not found in the book."
In terms of "moral assessment, however, the CINEMA board rated the film as "disturbing."
Sobrejuanite said the movie seem hostile to the Church in the sense that it uses murder and deceit to suppress the truth behind the real origin of Christianity.
"It directly antagonizes our belief," he said.
He encouraged the faithful to read the Pastoral Statement of the CBCP on Da Vinci Code.
"Let us look at it as an opportunity to go deeper into our faith," he said.
On May 12, the Catholic Bishops gave guidelines on how to refute the book's plot and reminded parishioners that the novel was a work of "fiction."