Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Paramount did not show G.I.Joe Movie to critics

No go: Paramount won't show critics `G.I. Joe'

Source: Google News

"G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" opens Friday, but Paramount Pictures isn't screening the blockbuster for critics beforehand. Only a select few writers from blogs and movie Web sites have seen it for review — such as Harry Knowles, the self-professed "Head Geek" from Ain't It Cool News — and their opinions have been mostly positive.

Instead, the studio says it's intentionally aiming the movie at the heartland, at cities and audiences outside the entertainment vortexes of New York and Los Angeles. Paramount held a screening Friday for 1,000 military service members and their families at Andrews Air Force Base; it's also focusing marketing efforts in places like Kansas City, Charlotte, N.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

While appealing to a sense of patriotism nationwide, the plan also is inspired by the disparity that existed between the critical trashing "Transformers: Rise of the Fallen" received and the massive crowds it drew at the box office.

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This is very suspicious. Suspicious how many of these "selected" critics generally gave it a high rating. It would not take for one to have detective brains to make a wild guess... a guess that surely be offensive.

Personally I think they're trying to cover up the fact that their movie is bad. It's like a desperate move not to let the mass audience in general have the idea that this was given a bad rating by critics.

Devin Faraci from the film Web site is one of the few writers who have seen it for review purposes, says in his review: "If I was 10 years old, `G.I. Joe' would be one of the best movies I had ever seen."

It's like saying "you have to be immature to love this movie"

This project was hounded by bad news long before its release date. And actually, these marketing people behind it are doing a great job trying to cover their asses.

But that's all my opinion anyway. The movie opens this Friday. I had originally planned to boycott this movie, but friends of mine who are on vacation here in Iloilo insisted and said they would pay for my ticket. If that happens, I'll get you back & will let you know if it is indeed crap or not.

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