Moviegoers in China have taken to social media to complain of dizziness and nausea after viewing a special 3D presentation of action film Jason Bourne, released in the country this week.
Chinese newspaper the Global Times reported Friday that dozens of fans who bought tickets to the Matt Damon-starring action flick have requested refunds, as they say the film’s conversion into 3D was an ill-advised move given director Paul Greengrass’s penchant for shaky camera movement and fast-paced editing.
Bourne distributor Universal Pictures had rolled out a “special” 3D presentation of the film in most theaters in the country, leaving many fans who wanted to see the film with no other option; just eight of Beijing’s 149 movie theaters and nine of Shanghai’s 174 theaters were reportedly showing the film in its original 2D presentation.
One fan, Zhou Yuchen, reportedly organized a protest along with other 30 moviegoers at a Beijing theater to demand a refund of their tickets.
“The 3D version is a rip-off,” Zhou told the Global Times. “It’s been happening many times in China and must be stopped.”
Universal issued a statement saying they were working to provide more 2D copies of the film to Chinese cinemas, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Jason Bourne had grossed $25.1 million after three days of release in China, according to THR. The film’s worldwide gross sits at $281.3 million, according to Box Office Mojo.
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