The Da Vinci Code Makes Its Way to Local Theaters

MAY 19, 2006 -- POSTED AT 10:30 P.M. CDT

JONESBORO, AR -- Any religious book or movie is going to stir controversy and that's exactly the case as "The Da Vinci Code" makes its way into theaters across the country today. But controversy or no controversy, some moviegoers surprisingly said they thought of it as just another movie.

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"It's a work of fiction as far as I'm concerned. I didn't come for any great biblical knowledge or anything," says Skip Martin, who viewed the movie.

After seeing the movie, some viewers didn't understand the reasoning behind the controversy.

“I don't believe everything I read and watch, so I don't see what the big deal is. I think it's a fictional story obviously,” says Calvin Milner, a Jonesboro resident.

"I go to Arnold Schwarzenegger movies, but I don't come out shooting people and I went to this movie and it hasn't shaken my faith one bit. It was a very entertaining, good movie," says Skip Martin.

Even movie critics have given the film poor reviews, but that didn't stop local moviegoers from entertaining their curiosity. Inside the theater was filling up fast, but it was a different scene and a different opinion by the roadway. Outside protesters gathered to stand against a movie they're calling blasphemy.

"We just feel that the whole thing, even though it's a work of fiction and it's just a movie as some people say, it could be misleading to some that aren't educated enough in their faith," says Chuck Farley, a protester of the movie.

They said they aren't protesting to keep people from seeing the film; they just simply want one thing to come out of their efforts.

"We want to just to make people aware and make them investigate and look up the history of the church and see how Christianity developed in the early church," says Farley.

Farley even joked about all the millions of dollars going in to this film, as well as the money being made by ticket sales.

“On EWTN Father Groschel said he hopes everyone that goes and sees the movie gives an equal amount of money to their church or to the poor to make atonement for feeding Hollywood for this blasphemous work I guess. That's how I feel,” says Farley.

Regardless, the movie is now in theaters and if you don't want to trust the critics or protesters opinions, then seeing the movie seems to be your best option.