Not a whole lot of new footage, but a new spot is a new spot! Check it out via Terror Transmissions, or embedded below.
Also, thanks to SNAKE EYES from Hiss Tank for pointing this out to me as well.
G.I. JOE FANS TAKE SIDES WITH PREMIUM XBOX 360 AND PLAYSTATION THEMES
G.I. JOE and COBRA Themes and Picture Packs Now Available on Xbox LIVE and the PlayStation Network
Xbox 360 and PlayStation3 fans will have to declare more than just their console allegiance today as EA and the G.I. JOE The Rise of Cobra video game gives them yet another reason to pick sides: premium G.I. JOE and COBRA themes are now available for download on Xbox LIVE and the PlayStation Network! Inspired by 45 years of G.I. JOE history, the premium Xbox LIVE themes feature memorable G.I. JOE and COBRA vehicles from past and present, while the premium PlayStation Network turns PS3 home screens into a virtual battleground with the G.I. JOE Accelerator Suit (G.I. JOE theme) and the COBRA Serpent Battle Armor (COBRA theme). Also available for download on Xbox LIVE will be G.I. JOE and COBRA picture packs featuring members of the famous G.I. JOE and COBRA teams, along with G.I. JOE and COBRA logos. While your console loyalty may have already been pledged, the question remains…G.I. JOE or COBRA: which side are you on?
The G.I. JOE Premium Xbox Theme, COBRA Premium Xbox Theme, G.I. JOE Picture Pack, and COBRA Picture pack are now available for download for 80MSP each on Xbox LIVE. The Premium G.I. JOE PlayStation Theme and Premium COBRA PlayStation Theme are now available for download for $0.99 on the PlayStation Network.
G.I. JOE The Rise of Cobra hits stores on August 4th, and will be available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, PlayStation 2, Nintendo DS, PlayStation Portable (PSP) as well as mobile phones.
I’d mentioned that the Film School Rejects Twitter Feed had already raved about The Rise of COBRA, but now the actual review has been posted, and it earned a “B”. The reviewer, Neil Miller, talks about the film extensively, and it’s obvious that he really enjoyed it.
“Over the course of the past several months, there has been a lot of talk about G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra — everything from director changes to problems in the editing room to abysmal test screening results. And such is the case with any movie made from a line of toys or a comic book, these types of rumors and reports have set the internet ablaze. It is to the point where even now, as I come to you to attest to the fun ride that I have witnessed with my own two eyes, you will still remain skeptical. It is a sad situation, especially for a movie that is a lot more fun than it should’ve been. It’s a movie that is a lot tighter and well-paced than some of the other action tentpoles we’ve seen this summer. And, on its most basic level, it’s a movie worth seeing.”
This seems to be an ongoing theme with the reviewers of the film…it’s got bad buzz, it doesn’t deserve it, it’s a tightly directed, well-paced, frenetic action film that will keep you entertained. And best of all, it’s fun. He finishes with the following two apt paragraphs:
“If you go in expecting an Iron Man, you’re in for a big disappointment. Seeing G.I. Joe hearkens back the experience I had seeing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as a young boy. If I were to look back at TMNT with fresh eyes now, I wouldn’t like it as much. Having seen it as a child, that movie has a special place in my heart. The same can be said for G.I. Joe, and for this generation of young boys. And those young boys and their families? That is who will love this film. This is not an adult movie; this is a family-friendly, youthful movie. Go see it; but don’t expect it to be a movie made specifically for you. Unless, of course, you’re a ten year-old boy.
In the end, G.I. Joe is simple spectacle. A movie that, while silly and in many ways over-the-top, can deliver an experience that is deliriously fun. And it is fun. Quick. Exciting. And fun. It sets you in a world that is cartoony and larger then life, propels you through one big chase and ultimately delivers the goods and the explosions. It is this kind of efficient, fun-natured storytelling that could make G.I. Joe one of the best action movies of the summer. That is, if you can look past all of that bad buzz and actually give it a chance.”
The pregnancy of my wife will determine if I make the trip to see the Monday screening, but things are looking good so far. I can’t remember a time when I’ve been so excited to see a movie. Hopefully it will not disappoint. Click here to read the full review.
Inside MGC has posted a list of X-Box 360 Achievements for the upcoming G.I. Joe: The Rise of COBRA game here! Also, rumor has it that there are G.I. Joe: The Rise of COBRA theme packs available for download via X-Box Live right now as well. In fact, ThemeXBox.com has reserved space for the two Premium Themes here and here.
I know what I’ll be checking out when I get home tonight!
Making the rounds this morning is Channing Tatum, who made an appearence on NBC’s Today Show. Check out the video here, or it’s also embedded below.
Someone tell me if they get tired of the review posts…maybe I’m just too “Gung Ho” but I can’t help but link to every review I find, especially since most of them are quite positive. JoBlo gives the film a solid 7.5 out of 10 and says:
“…you may really appreciate what director Stephen Sommers offers up in what could be the biggest, loudest, dumbest flick this year. But it also happens to be an absolutely action packed bit of crazy fun that’ll be worth at least a bargain matinee. “
Most of his review balances the good with the bad, but the reviewer generally seems to enjoy what he’s watching. He wraps up the review with the following quote:
“This is a no-brainer, if you don’t mind your memories of G.I. Joe pumped up a notch and loaded with goofiness, you’re going to have a great time. And aside from some good performances from Dennis Quaid, Christopher Eccleston and Joseph Gordon-Levitt the cast is workable, nothing great, but they are fine where they are. Hell, I’m guessing once this bad boy comes on DVD, I’ll be having a popcorn night with the family and breaking out the toys. Yep, I said it… G.I. Joe may not be a great movie, but it sure is a hoot and a half, just make sure to find that inner child in you that still likes to play pretend. GO JOE! My rating 7.5/10”
Great news! As usual, you can click on the “Read the Rest of this Story” link below for the full review.
Looks like all media outlets were scheduled to release their set visits on the same day as more reports have come pouring in from various online sources. Easy to follow links have been posted below to various reports.
One must wonder how many of these will be posted before they’ll be considered “credible” or “legitimate”, but add another one to the list, this time from ScreenDaily.Com. The reviewer gives a spoiler-light overview of the film, and seemed to enjoy it quite a bit. The most notable comment:
“The last big tentpole picture of the summer, opening in North America on Aug 7, is a bang-em-up action adventure stirring traditions from the James Bond, Mission: Impossible, Bourne and National Treasure franchises into a potent new blockbuster brew. An ambitious attempt by Paramount and Hasbro to bring the GI Joe action figures to life after the success of Transformers, the resulting film is a cheerfully entertaining popcorn picture that delivers the goods for a very broad audience and a new franchise for the studio.”
This is pretty much exactly what we’re looking for. The full review can be read by clicking the “Read the rest of the story” link below.
GeneralsJoes is proud to welcome a new sponsor to the family – Past Generation Toys! They’ve got a terrific selection of Rise of COBRA figures at great prices, including many that are tough to find in stores:
Let’s give them all a big GeneralsJoes welcome.