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Will 'G.I. Joe' surprise the critics?

Hollywood Wrap with George Pennacchio
August 6, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
"G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" marches into theatres without the film having been screened for critics. That's usually the sign of stink, with bad reviews almost always sure to follow. But the people behind this movie say critics are in for a surprise."G.I. Joe" is a special effects-filled action film. Paramount Pictures has screened the film for a few entertainment blogs, but not for critics -- and that has created a bad buzz.

Director Stephen Sommers hopes the buzz will disappear now that the film is finally opening.

"And people seem to be loving it," said Sommers. "I mean, all the Internet movie haters who were hacking on me, they're raving, so... finally."

"I can promise you a thrill ride from the very first moment to the very end," said producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura. "This thing is pedal to the metal."

The movie got the star treatment Thursday night for a special screening at Grauman's Chinese Theatre.

Ray Park plays a good guy, the ninja "Snake Eyes".

"It's my first good guy role," said Park, probably best known for his role as "Darth Maul" in the Star Wars prequel, "The Phantom Menace."

"I always play a bad guy," said Park.

Sienna Miller's character, "The Baroness," is not so nice.

"But I just wanted to do something fun that my nephews could go and see, and you know, it was a really good decision," said Miller. "I'm glad I did. It's fun to be in something that people are excited about seeing."

"It has comedy, drama, action, adventure, explosions and romance," said Marlon Wayans ("Ripcord").

Channing Tatum ("Duke") says it also has bromance and fun.

"Look, I grew up with G.I. Joe, so I needed it to be fun," said Tatum. "I didn't want to do 'The Dark Knight' version of this movie. Like, I wanted it to be family-orientated so everyone could see it."

"We're not making Shakespeare. We're making good, wholesome, high-octane, high-impact, joyride fun," said Adewale Akinnouoye-Agbaje ("Heavy Duty"). "That's what we're doing, and we're serving it on a plate to you."

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