I hiked up to the Barrett Commons AMC 24 FauxMAX, North of Atlanta, and caught the 7pm show. They were rigorously checking names, and since I hadn't printed the email, they had to look me up on the list while I attempted to show it to them on my phone. I was the last one admitted-- I think I arrived a minute or two before showtime.
Looked like the house was maybe halfway full. I located Russ and crew, and took a nice central seat about halfway up. The goggles were freakin' huge. Bigger and different from any 3D glasses I'd worn before. I guess they offer a wider range of 3Dness, in theory?
AMC gave a little pitch first-- we all had been given coupons that would get us into any show at that theater for matinee price, plus free popcorn w/ drink purchase. Unfortunately, they weren't showing BASTERDS, so their marketing plan failed on us.
I've gotta say, hassle that it was to get there, the AMC IMAX intro about PREPARING ADVANCED SOUND SYSTEM-- SYNCHRONIZING 3D VISUAL PRESENTATION, etc, was pretty damn awesome and hilarious. It was like a modern version of the "starting up the Batmobile" checklist. Loved it.
So, the footage-- I enjoyed it! I'm a bit of a sucker for a space marine scenario like we saw at the start, so that was cool. Jake's hospital rebellion scene annoyed me a bit, because, come on, dude, do what the doctor says. The giant creature chase was nicely tense and the action looked good to me. Some very cool stuff during the flight scene, too. I'm sold on seeing it as a fun action/fantasy movie, though I don't think it's going to change the world, by any means.
There were very few vocal reactions from our crowd that I could hear while it played. Maybe a few "Whoa!"s and whatnot. Not much laughter. I chuckled a time or two. Applause at the end, I guess, and mixed opinions going out the door, I would say.
I don't see any way that this movie will pull in older parental types that aren't big sci-fi/fantasy fans already-- even if it IS from the director of The Titanic.
Maybe 4/5 stars on the promotional material scale?
I had not seen the trailer or other footage before last night.