Video Blog: 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' Footage Reactions from CinemaCon
by Alex Billington
April 24, 2012
Given it's spring and just before the summer movie season kicks off, I am once again spending a week in Las Vegas attending & covering CinemaCon, the yearly movie theater industry convention. Last night we were invited to see five minutes of finished sizzle reel, action footage from Jon M. Chu's G.I. Joe: Retaliation, which was part of a tease leading up to the trailer reveal, which also hit tonight (watch here). Following that early footage viewing, I met up with and recorded a video blog with friends Peter and Frosty discussing our reactions, and how it's looking like the ultimate G.I. Joe movie for all those life-long, die-hard Joe fans.
This G.I. Joe video blog was recorded with Peter Sciretta from SlashFilm and Steve Weintraub from Collider, who I often record video blogs with (especially at CinemaCon). The first of many from this week!
I'm infamously known for absolutely hating G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra from 2009, it was a piece of CGI trash that wasn't even fun for two minutes. So I've been honestly very cold and very resistant to getting excited for this sequel at all, even though it's written by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick (Zombieland, Deadpool), but this footage finally got me. It's just packed with action, big ass guns, and explosions, and HISS tanks, and crazy cool (explosive) gadgets, and ninjas fighting on cliffs, and Cobra Commander. It really looks like the kind of absurd, but insanely awesome, fun action movie that I miss seeing at the movies int he summer. Maybe they needed to find someone like Chu with the passion to make this the way it should've been made.
Now I'm excited, I'm looking forward to seeing the finished movie, and I'm hoping I actually have a damn good time watching this one. G.I. Joe: Retaliation arrives in theaters June 29th. Watch the latest trailer.