Mel Gibson’s new movie Force of Nature has created a major controversy, even before it’s been released.
The movie takes place in Puerto Rico during a category 5 hurricane with Gibson playing Ray who, along with his daughter (Kate Bosworth), refuses to evacuate his apartment building during the storm.
Once the trailer was released on Monday (May 18), Force of Nature created an instant controversy as Puerto Ricans who experienced Hurricane Maria, as well as the struggles they’ve dealt with on the island, let their feelings known.
“Approximately 4,645 people died because of this hurricane. Approximately, because it was bad enough we don’t even have exact numbers,” one Twitter user wrote.
“People buried their dead in their backyards. People were without food, water, homes, electricity, for MONTHS. This is not an okay movie.”
Others criticised the movie for its ‘white saviour’ narrative with Gibson’s character “fighting a bunch of ‘bad guy’ ricans also all the good guy cops are white”, while another called it “outright disrespectful”.