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Jun 7, 2009

Prediction: G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra is not going to do well

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From 99% of the released video for G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, unquiet regarding the live action adaptation has continued to grow. The two most detrimental aspects of the film, in my opinion, are: the bio-enchance suits and the overuse of cgi. The bio-enhancer suits are the single most idiotic, unnecessary addition the G.I. Joe universe that was made. They mine-as-well have introduced the B.A.T.s (Battle Android Troopers) in the first film like they probably will in subsequent films. Even the BATS never jumped around like cartoons which is ironic since they were cartoons. Producers could have just had exceptional soldiers in the film wearing normal army fatigues but no, they had to add a gimmick, a sell point. Then there is the overabundance of CGI in this film. Think if this film was made during the time when Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior was made. The stunts, the car sequences would have all been done for real instead of in front of a green screen. The latest clip I saw of the film involving a bio-weapon used on the Eiffel Tower, the Baroness and Stormshadow and a glass roofed building is a clear explain of this. They should have used stunt people instead of the actors and green screens. Big mistake. The excellent presence of Sienna Miller and Rachel Nichols notwithstanding, after opening weekend I believe this film will sink fast. How do you like G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra as a film will be and how do you think it will perform at the Box Office overall?

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  • http://www.movieguys.org/ Jon Stephens

    Hmmm, very interesting. You made a great point about the over use of CGI. As a massive Joe fan from my childhood, I can say that when this film was announced I was thrilled. The more that came out though, the more my opinion of it started to sink. I loved the casting, and when I saw that first character poster of Snake eyes, I flipped out. But then all the other character posters came out, and my heart sunk.

    This has classic “boom or bust” potential for me. Either it will do great and people will love taking an escape into 2 hrs of pure action, or it will tank after people see how generic it is. It’ll have nothing to do with the film itself, it’s gonna be what it’s gonna be. It’s all about how much the audience will be willing to put up with. I’m starting to think it will open to good numbers, then sink like a stone over the next few weeks. I’ll go see and review it, and I’m still looking forward to all the Snake Eyes scenes, but aside from that I’m not expecting much more than bland generic action and weak character development.

    Jon Stephenss last blog post..The Hangover – Review

  • http://www.movieguys.org Jon Stephens

    Hmmm, very interesting. You made a great point about the over use of CGI. As a massive Joe fan from my childhood, I can say that when this film was announced I was thrilled. The more that came out though, the more my opinion of it started to sink. I loved the casting, and when I saw that first character poster of Snake eyes, I flipped out. But then all the other character posters came out, and my heart sunk.

    This has classic “boom or bust” potential for me. Either it will do great and people will love taking an escape into 2 hrs of pure action, or it will tank after people see how generic it is. It’ll have nothing to do with the film itself, it’s gonna be what it’s gonna be. It’s all about how much the audience will be willing to put up with. I’m starting to think it will open to good numbers, then sink like a stone over the next few weeks. I’ll go see and review it, and I’m still looking forward to all the Snake Eyes scenes, but aside from that I’m not expecting much more than bland generic action and weak character development.

    Jon Stephenss last blog post..The Hangover – Review

  • http://film-book.com/ filmbook

    I was happy with Snake Eyes too.

    I will see it too but I do not know about a review.

    This film might actually make Van Helsing, which actually has a clever plot and deserved an R presentation with better CGI and less goof, look good.

  • http://film-book.com filmbook

    I was happy with Snake Eyes too.

    I will see it too but I do not know about a review.

    This film might actually make Van Helsing, which actually has a clever plot and deserved an R presentation with better CGI and less goof, look good.

  • http://getafilm.blogspot.com/ Daniel

    I completely agree that the CGI looks pretty horrendous in the trailer. My initial excitement from last year about this is waning with each passing week, as Jon describes. Either that or I’m realizing that I’m not eight years old anymore…

    By the way, the new design looks great!

    Daniels last blog post..Reel Life #5

  • http://getafilm.blogspot.com Daniel

    I completely agree that the CGI looks pretty horrendous in the trailer. My initial excitement from last year about this is waning with each passing week, as Jon describes. Either that or I’m realizing that I’m not eight years old anymore…

    By the way, the new design looks great!

    Daniels last blog post..Reel Life #5

  • http://film-book.com/ filmbook

    Thx Daniel. I’m still tweaking it.

    I wish they had made G.I. Joe like a real war movie (Brotherhood of War). Even Universal Soldier seems to be more on the ball than this film.

  • http://film-book.com filmbook

    Thx Daniel. I’m still tweaking it.

    I wish they had made G.I. Joe like a real war movie (Brotherhood of War). Even Universal Soldier seems to be more on the ball than this film.

  • http://www.reelwhore.com/ Reel Whore

    Everytime I see this trailer I think two things: those bio-enhance suits are asinine (Read: hella-lame) and they are relying way too much on Sienna Miller’s cleavage to sell this to audiences.

    Like you said, why can’t you just have good soldiers, i.e. not Marlon Wayans, shooting and fighting it out against each other without all the green screen and lame techno-junk.

  • http://www.reelwhore.com Reel Whore

    Everytime I see this trailer I think two things: those bio-enhance suits are asinine (Read: hella-lame) and they are relying way too much on Sienna Miller’s cleavage to sell this to audiences.

    Like you said, why can’t you just have good soldiers, i.e. not Marlon Wayans, shooting and fighting it out against each other without all the green screen and lame techno-junk.

  • http://film-book.com/ filmbook

    I know. I’m still might see this in theaters though. I saw Wolverine and that was pretty good.

  • http://film-book.com filmbook

    I know. I’m still might see this in theaters though. I saw Wolverine and that was pretty good.