Skip to comments.Paramount won't show 'G.I. Joe' to critics
Posted on 08/05/2009 8:34:41 AM PDT by Perdogg
With more than $300 million in production and marketing spending on the line for the opening of "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" on Friday, Paramount has a message for critics: Go see the movie with everyone else.
A spokesperson for the studio confirmed that there would be no screenings for reviewers at print and broadcast media outlets, meaning if they want to see the film, they will have to go Friday along with regular moviegoers.
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Guess they don’t want bad critiques to turn off film goers.
When a film maker is scared to show a movie to the critics, it is usually a signal that the movie is a turd.
Not a vote of confidence
The director has already turned me against it. **Soup Nazi voice** No $10 for you!
Paramount sunk a TON of money into this movie. They don’t want screeners out before the release, as they tend to get released on Hulu and on BitTorrent sites.
This is brilliant, if you ask me.
“Go see it with the rest of the public.”
I’m betting it’s Pro-American... something the MSM likes to lambaste in today’s movies.
From what most here say about this movie, sounds like good marketing. Let the people that actually want to see the movie make the decision instead of someone that gets paid to see it. I know I always like to make up my own mind about movies, as lots of critics and I see things differently about movies we’ve seen.
not according to the director.
This is the kiss of death. The last big summer movie that tried to avoid bad press this way was “Snakes on a Plane.”
that means it probably stinks on ice. I thought it did my own self the minute I heard it was changed to be a UN team instead of an American one.
I’ll just go see inglorious bastards and watch them kill Nazis.
I’m with rarestia on this one. The movie’s rah-rah patriotic and they don’t want it to be savaged by the usual PC, Amerikka-hating reviewers.
Paramount HAS shown it to an assortment of Fanboy internet reviewers AND shown it to a military audience at Andrews AFB.
Those audiences liked it and are setting the internet abuzz with word-of-mouth.
Sounds clever, if you ask me.
Not at all. Paramount knows nothing good will come from leftist movie reviews of a pro-patriotic, pro-American, God, guns, and apple pie movie, so they are going to let the public decide whether or not the movie reviews are positive or negative. To let your enemy test your product and cut the legs out from under you before you start selling it, isn't smart business. More power to Paramount, I say.
I don’t think that’s the reason at all.
It's not. It's the opposite. G.I. in this movie doesn't stand for Gov't issue. It stands for Global Integrated Joint Operating Entity. They didn't want to pander to Americans because they make more money overseas and it's a tough sell to Euroweenies and mooslimbs everywhere.
It’s not pro-American. The director and the liberal hacks who wrote it decided at the idea stage that GI Joe would NOT be a “Real American Hero” as we all remember from our youth. They changed the name to an acronym for Global Integrated Joint Operations Entity, a name that’s meaningless other than the fact that GI Joe is now a “global” force that reports to the UN and not our government. I believe they apologize to Cobra Commander for oppressing him somewhere in the story.
What's missing from that website...?
Interviews with the director and script leaks would indicated the exact opposite.
To enjoy his movies you have to view them for they really are;live action cartoons.
the red white and blue
Not to mention the movie’s website.
We have a winner! :)
Ok! Ok! Ok! OK! OK! OKAY! OKAY! OKAY! Jesus... sorry I said anything. I didn’t research the film, and given what everyone says, I won’t be going either.
I haven’t spent money at the theater in years anyway. I’ll wait for the DVD (or the Torrent).
Yeah, Global Integrated Joint Operating Entity is so patriotic. Sorry, but this is the one world UN G.I. Joe, not an ounce of patriotism to be found.
I've heard the opposite. There was some thread (would have to search for it) on here yesterday about how the director of the film stated that the movie is meant to be the "anti-George Bush" or some such nonsense. It supposedly has GI JOE being a UN team instead of "American heroes"
Stick a fork in this one.
Ducking critics is only done with the absolute worst films.
Awesome schadenfreude though.
Not good enough.
If you had researched the film, you wouldn't have been such a strident supporter of it.
But now we know.
And knowing is half the battle.
You echo my thoughts nicely. Ditto what you said!
rarestia is soooooo outed.
Misleading title award of the year, I'd say.
First it'll turn off the anti-American Libs who aren't in the know, then it'll turn off the pro-American everyone else who are in the know.
We have a $300 Million TURD on our hands and we know it.
When the movie critics love a movie, it’s either a real dud or just flat out insulting to most Americans. When they hate the flick, it sells like hell. Easy guide to determine if it is worth the 10 bucks.
And everyone who goes with a misguided idea of what the film is about will walk out of the theater feeling like they’ve been had and mislead.
I hardly think so.
The drones who made this movie intentionally removed the American theme in order to make way for globalist worldviews.
It will not be The Real American Hero that we all know and love.
This is GI Joe: A Real American Hero, who was an icon of patriotism throughout the 1980s:
The new movie has completely and totally removed the American theme in a manner similar to what "Superman Returns" did the the "Truth, Justice and The American Way" line from Superman.
There are several signs that this movie is a dog.
1. The release date. If the studio thought it was a bonafide hit, they would have released it in the May-July/Christmas timeframe with the other blockbusters.
2. Sienna Miller, one of the stars, has publicly been negative about the movie.
3. There are several articles about the troubles they have had editing this movie together to create a cohesive and clear plot.
4. It has TERRIBLE buzz from the industry.
Being that I grew up with GI Joe in every aspect of my life (action figures, TV show, Halloween costumes, birthday party themes), I wanted to give the movie the benefit of the doubt. Thank you for correcting me.
I firmly stand behind the thought that this is a strategy by Paramount. They want more butts in the seats, and having it released before it makes it to the theaters would be suicide for the box office numbers.
Being outed? For what? A Paramount shill? Given that the MPAA is suing people for hundreds of thousands of dollars for sharing movies through Torrent networks, I think they’re a bunch of thieves and thugs a la Rahm Emanuel. I would prefer Paramount burn, but they are an organization in business to make money. Good for them for protecting their interests!
Oh, YOU KNOW.
I am reporting you to the White House.
You are sooooo xrewed.
Not a good sign for the quality of the pic
And here I thought it was the next Ben-Hur
*cycles action on CETME*
Send those racist community organizers my way. I’m looking forward to it.
Here they come:
I don’t know about Pro-American. Something was posted a couple days ago about the director did not want for Republicans to go see the movie (paraphrasing here).
Hey, now just a dang minute! Scorpion King was a great...uh...was a good...well, an OK...
You must have really loved Gigli.
Critics typically aren't given screener copies of a new movie. What usually happens is that a week or so before the release the critics are invited to special screenings in a screening room somewhere, with security and studio marketing people in attendance. In a big city, they might do two screenings to get as many critics in as possible. Then they have a few days to write their reviews before they're published on the same Friday that the movie's released.
For the studio, showing this kind of movie to critics has no upside. You can bet that they're going to hate it just for being a big, dumb, loud action movie, and there's a good chance that the movie isn't going to do very well. What they can hope for is a big opening weekened, especially on Friday before any word of mouth can get around. Reviews will only dilute the Friday numbers.
You did get me to laugh at that.
And that line is in the movie. I think if I were an actor and offered a role in the movie, I would want getting that line to be in my contract.
I’m wondering how much the fact that it is a worldwide force is going to be played up in the movie though. The only Joes that get any screen time appear to be Americans playing Americans except Snake Eyes, but there aren’t a lot of Americans who can do what Ray Park can and Snake Eyes doesn’t talk anyway.
It appears that people who have seen it love it for the explosions and all of that good stuff. At least it hasn’t been described as raping anyone’s childhood like Transformers 2 was.
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