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Screening Report Surfaces for G.I. Joe

Published June 15, 2009 in Early Reviews
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Paramount, SlashFilm
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If you were following all the G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra updates last week you're probably thinking the production is one big ol' mess. Well, it's still hard to tell what the real truth is on director Stephen Sommers -- initial reports claimed he had been canned -- but at least somebody can discuss the actual footage.

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I should point out that the screening report to surface at SlashFilm is early impressions only. Sure, the report only went up in the past 24 hours, but the person who is reporting saw the film at an early test screening. In short, a lot has likely changed since then. Fortunately, the reviewer doesn't make the film sound as bad as we've all been thinking. Instead, it looks like Paramount will at least have a popcorn movie that should easily puree into the blender of summer movies.

The thing with G.I. Joe is that it tries to have the same spirit and flavor as Transformers–it’s really evident… but an ultimate failure. And people can talk shit about Michael Bay until the cows come home but when you watch something like G.I. Joe it does go to show the talent, craft, and attention to quality Bay can bring to an otherwise silly idea.

Anyways, even though the CG was incomplete in my screening, the action in pretty great. The chase scene with Tatum and Wayans in the Iron Man suits is particularly well done. But rest assured as I’ve noticed a fear online that those suits play a big role; they don’t, they’re used in that scene and that scene only. Basically the biggest drain on this picture is the acting; even Dennis Quaid is cringe-worthy. But the worst has to be Sienna Miller—do not be surprised if anyone (or everyone) in the cast get’s Razzie noms. But with Miller’s character, she wears sunglasses half the movie, delivers normal lines as if they’re one liners, and just cheeses everything up.

As you can tell from above, the review jumps from positives to negatives in an instant. To get the general gist, check out the entire report on G.I. Joe at Slashfilm.

G.I. Joe opens to theaters on August 7th.

For posters, trailers, stills and more movie info, go to the G.I. Joe Movie Page.

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