The rainy season has begun, and this past weekend afternoon showers hit the city of Phnom Penh, and going to the movies was a way to stay dry while being entertained.
The new Hollywood movie, GI Joe: Retaliation was playing at Platinum Cineplex (on the fifth floor of Sorya Mall) in digital 3-D. As the (sold-out) crowd entered the theatre, 3-D glasses were distributed by the staff, and one of the year’s most anticipated action movies began playing on a rainy Sunday evening.
GI Joe: Retaliation, the movie, directed by Jon Chu, is the sequel to the 2009 GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra, which grossed over $302 million worldwide.
GI Joe: Retaliation starring Dwayne Johnson (aka The Rock), and Byung-hun Lee, has already earned $349 million worldwide in box office ticket sales since its release on March 28. With intense sequences of combat violence and martial arts action throughout the movie, this was a hit in Cambodia.
In one scene when the power countries are about to launch the nuclear weapons as a retaliation against the United States, North Korea is pictured and presses the launch button, and it was written in Chinese.
In another scene, China presses the launch button, and it was written in Korean. Just a small error in the movie, and to some, this can be a major issue. Remember, it’s only a movie.
Overall, the action shots, especially the thrilling ninja mountain scene, kept us all in our seats and it was worth the $5 ticket price. A 2-D movie at Platinum Cineplex is $3 a ticket.
The Cineplex opened in August 2011, and in August 2012, the name was changed to Platinum Cineplex,by its parent company, MVPC Entertainment Ltd.
They obtain new Hollywood movie releases through two distributors in Cambodia, MVPC Distribution and WML. No distribution fees are paid, and the company only receives revenue share.
“An average of 700 attendees watch movies every day at Platinum Cineplex,” said Sokny Sao, Managing Director. “Our goal is to maintain our customers’ satisfaction in all areas of our business.”
Looking for somewhere to shelter from the rains this weekend? The cinema is the perfect place to spend a rainy afternoon.