Monday, September 24, 2012

Low-Confidence Trailer for 'Code Name: Geronimo'

This plays flat. Very flat. Flattened might be an apt description. Plus, at 2:40 seconds, the trailer is too long and it sketches almost the entire plot -- bad signs, weak approach.

However, there's more to this. Harvey Weinstein may be using the flick simply to fuel the Obama campaign and he may not care that the property might come in a distant second to Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal's 'Zero Dark Thirty' which is due in December. This from IndieWire:

In the meantime, Weinstein is riding the momentum of a Spring that saw his Cannes 2011 pick-up “The Artist” win the best picture prize at the Oscars and his Tribeca 2011 pick-up “Bully” snowball into a national cause, anti-bullying legislation and a high-profile White House screening. At the time, he was quoted as saying, "This is an incredible turn of events and shows that art can have a transcending effect.”

So why not use a movie to help win Obama the presidency?

At a Cannes party late Wednesday night, Voltage Pictures’ Zev Foreman, a producer of “Geronimo,” claimed that the John Stockwell-directed movie could easily be ready by the end of summer. Meaning, the Weinstein Co. could promote and release it right through the fall campaign and up through the vote in early November.

While no decision on a release date has yet been made, Foreman notes, “Harvey’s a big supporter of Obama, so I think I know what he’s going to do.” A pre-election release would have the added benefit of stealing some of the thunder from Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal’s SEAL Team 6 movie, “Zero Dark Thirty,” which is currently scheduled for December.

Fine, but as entertainment, judging from this trailer, 'Code Name: Geronimo' is one to skip. The rest, I suppose, depends on the CN:G release date which is October in Brazil, November in Italy, but no set date for the U.S.


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