“G.I. Joe – Retaliation” gets new trailer, destroys the Big Smoke…

What is it with Hollywood and destroying London?

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No sooner had I put my feet up and begun to enjoy the latest trailer for G.I. Joe: Retaliation than I was confronted with merry old London town biting the big one again, via the intercession of some sketchy space missile thingy.  Not that I’m the biggest fan of our capital city – I only visit if I absolutely have to – but it would be nice for an American film to grasp the complex reality that there are other cities in the UK.

Yep, that's going to give Boris a few sleepless nights...

Is it too much to hope for a major Hollywood blockbuster to pick on Birmingham or Manchester for a change?  Surely Leeds needs to be rendered into ashes by a stray super missile?  Mindless destruction equality now!  Blow up some different places for a change!

But, I digress…

There’s a new trailer for this deliciously silly looking comic book action fest, which seems to be marking out its place on the calendar as an unpretentious and marked improvement on the unwatchable original entry in the series – I don’t have any history with the action figures, but this could be the daft action extravaganza which manages to erase the bad taste that the increasingly horrible Transformers films left in my mouth as that series veered ever deeper into the darker recesses of Michael Bay‘s ID.

It’s nearly the summer, I’m really going to want to escape the ad nauseam Olympics hype in the UK – what better way to do it than watch professional actors portray action figures and run away from cgi explosions?

 

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4 responses to ““G.I. Joe – Retaliation” gets new trailer, destroys the Big Smoke…

  1. I have no intention of watching this film, but I thought your London comments were very funny.
    FM

  2. I’m just bitter because the last time I remember seeing Sheffield on film was in Ridley Scott’s “Body of Lies”, where a bomb was blown up in our fair city. Where’s the love, Hollywood?

  3. When Hollywood wants to blow up a city (and they do that fairly often) they want to pick cities with some iconic landmarks that are immediately recognizable. London has a lot of landmarks that are recognizable worldwide. That’s what the viewing public wants to see blown up, not merely some nondescript office building that could be in any major city in the world.

    • I’d actually find the alternative that you cite rather refreshing, to be honest.

      Why shouldn’t aliens, terrorists or – the very idea! – alien terrorists happen across some more out of the way spots? Something that the PS3 launch title “Resistance: Fall of Man” did quite well, in fact, with an alien horde running amok not solely in Westminster.

      Do we blame Hollywood for being creatively lazy or audiences for being so geographically challenged that they can see the Eiffel Tower or The Colisseum in Rome and not know where they are?

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