There's no doubt that director Alex Gibney's new documentary film, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, based on the book of the same name, is a powerful look at what many believe is a polarizing religion. The film, which first premiered at Sundance and briefly hit theaters before it debuted on HBO, takes a look at the history of the Church, its celebrated celebrity faces, and what certain members say drove them out.
Not surprisingly, the Church doesn't agree with the claims made in the film, saying -- in a statement released to The Insider -- that it is nothing more than "bigoted propaganda built on falsehoods invented by admitted liars." In fact, the group has responded vociferously on its website, Freedom, asserting that "the courts have debunked the ludicrous 'human trafficking' and 'involuntary servitude' allegation against the Church that Lawrence Wright promoted in his Going Clear book and that HBO is exploiting."
We didn't expect the film to answer every question or allegation about the controversies it covers -- but it still left us with some unanswered questions.
1. Does the Church maintain secrets about its celebrity members? At one point, the film implies that John Travolta is trapped in the Church, held by secrets collected during auditing sessions. But Gibney doesn't explicitly say what might be.
BuzzFeed News reports that a spokesperson for the Church said allegations of blackmail are "false and defamatory" and any assertion that auditing sessions were being leveraged as "deeply offensive."
2. And how involved is Travolta these days? The film only discussed his early days -- and we know what he's been up to lately.
3. How did the Church feel about Tom Cruise's 2005 outburst on Oprah's couch? The film shows how Cruise became the Church's biggest celebrity asset, reaching over 1 billion people across the world per the film, to promote its message. But what happened when Cruise had this couch moment, which reportedly hurt his film career?
4. Why didn't Gibney reach out to Katie Holmes for comment? Cruise's third wife started studying Scientology soon after she started dating the actor, but no mention of her was made throughout the entire film nor was she listed among those the production reached out to.
5. Did Nicole Kidman know of the wiretap allegations on her phone when she was married to Cruise? One former Church member -- who's largely been discreditedby the Church -- claimed they wiretapped Kidman's phone in order to undermine her relationship with then-husband, Cruise. (She did not participate in the documentary.)
6. Does anyone remember that Cruise allegedly dated Homeland actress Nazanin Boniadi? In the documentary, it's purported that the actress was selected and groomed to be Cruise's next girlfriend. However, their relationship reportedly lasted three months.
Google and Getty Image searches show no results of them to together, outside of Vanity Fair's expose on Cruise's relationships. The article also reports that Scientology representatives deny any sort of search or audition took place.
7. Does the Church focus extra attention on promoting Travolta and Cruise's memberships? There are a number of stars who are a part of the Church, including GRAMMY Album of the Year winner Beck and Kirstie Alley. It seems the public has only focused on the two celebrities.
8. Is Paul Haggis' film The Next Three Days a metaphor for escaping the Church? Watch the trailer and you decide.
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Tom Cruise, star of the upcoming film "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation," addresses the audience during a surprise appearance at the Paramount Pictures presentation at CinemaCon 2015 at Caesars Palace on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
US actor Tom Cruise waves as he attends a press conference for his latest movie 'Edge of Tomorrow' in Tokyo on June 27, 2014. Cruise is here to promote the science fiction film, adapted from the novel 'All You Need Is Kill' written by Japanese novelist Hiroshi Sakurazaka. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)
VIENNA, AUSTRIA - AUGUST 28: (EDITORS NOTE: Image was created as a still grab taken from video.) Tom Cruise sighted signing autographs on August 28, 2014 in Vienna, Austria. (Photo by Kai Danneberg/GC Images)
US actor Tom Cruise smiles as he attends a press conference for his latest movie 'Edge of Tomorrow' in Tokyo on June 27, 2014. Cruise is here to promote the science fiction film, adapted from the novel 'All You Need Is Kill' written by Japanese novelist Hiroshi Sakurazaka. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)
OSAKA, JAPAN - JUNE 26: Tom Cruise attends the promotional event for 'Edge of Tomorrow' at the Dotonbori Riverside on June 26, 2014 in Osaka, Japan. (Photo by Jun Sato/WireImage)
CHICHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 31: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Tom Cruise watches the racing as he attends Ladies Day of Glorious Goodwood at Goodwood Racecourse on July 31, 2014 in Chichester, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise waves upon arrival for the Japan premiere of his latest film "Mission: Impossible III" at Odaiba, part of a sprawling man-made island in Tokyo Bay, Tuesday, June 20, 2006. The movie is screened in the country from July 8. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
U.S. actor Tom Cruise and his fiancee Katie Holmes arrive for the London Premiere of his latest film, The War of the Worlds, in London's Leicester Square, Sunday June 19, 2005 (AP Photo/ Max Nash)
FILE - In this Saturday, June 4, 2005 file photo, Tom Cruise, right, reaches for the hand of his girlfriend Katie Holmes after accepting the MTV Generation award, during the MTV Movie Awards, in Los Angeles. Cruise and Homes are calling it quits after five years of marriage. Holmes' attorney Jonathan Wolfe said Friday June 29, 2012 that the couple is divorcing, but called it a private matter for the family. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, UNITED STATES: US actor Tom Cruise (R) waves to fans as he arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of new film 'The Others' which he executive produced with Paula Wagner (L), in West Hollywood, CA, 07 August 2001. The film stars Cruise's estranged wife Nicole Kidman. AFP PHOTO/ Lucy Nicholson (Photo credit should read LUCY NICHOLSON/AFP/Getty Images)
US actor Tom Cruise looks on as he takes a break from filming a scene in the movie 'Mission Impossible 5' on September 25, 2014, in the Kasbah of the Udayas near the Moroccan capital Rabat. The filming in Morocco of Hollywood action movie 'Mission Impossible 5' is to close off a section of a main highway for two weeks, the highways authority and local media said. AFP PHOTO / FADEL SENNA (Photo credit should read FADEL SENNA/AFP/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, UNITED STATES: Actor Tom Cruise holds his Golden Globe award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Drama for his role in 'Magnolia' at the 57th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, CA 23 January, 2000. AFP PHOTO (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) Vince BUCCI/mn (Photo credit should read Vince Bucci/AFP/Getty Images)
SYDNEY - JUNE 01: AUSTRALIAN ACTRESS NICOLE KIDMAN AND ACTOR HUSBAND TOM CRUISE OUT IN SYDNEY. (Photo by Patrick Riviere/Getty Images).
Tom is all the way on the left in the bottom row. Were you able to spot him?