I went to a paramount press screening in London yesterday to promote their
2009 slate. Obviously they confiscated our mobile phones on entry but I
thought I would report in on what I saw.
They were promoting GI Joe, Star Trek, Watchmen, Transformers 2, Redemption
road and Lovely Bones
GI Joe – we saw a number of unfinished scenes including introductions to
Duke, The Baroness and Snake Eyes. We also saw a computer generating scene
which acted as a story board for the eventual filming. There was a scene
where the baroness comes home to France and we got to see the mansion,
another scene where a member of GI Joe is captured by COBRA, Chris
Eccleston and Arnold Voslo both look on form. Finally we saw a scene which
involves a MASSIVE car chase and the eventually toppling of the Eiffel
Tower. The film itself look like typical Steven Sommers schtik, massively
enjoyable, Sienna Miller looks amazing but I do not think it will fare well
with critics, action is very stylised from the scenes I saw, the character
development is terrible, Marlon Wayans in particular looked bad!!
Star Trek – We saw the teaser trailer and then we saw what looked to be a
very very early version of the full trailer – It showed more footage of
Quito as Spock, much more Chris Pine and also some John Cho and Simon Pegg
footage. The film looks like immense fun and there seems to be a lot of
action in it. There look of the crew and the bridge is spot on and the
costumes look like the original but with a more modern and practical twist.
We got to see Spock talking to his parent as well and Kirk being told to
take more responsibility. There were also a lot of montage scenes involves
spaceship battles, gun fights and hand to hand combat. I especially like a
short clip where we see the crew running through the corridors of the
Enterprise – reminded me of next generation loads.