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G.I. Joe: Retaliation Trailer Strides In
The world ain't saving itself

13 December 2011  |  Written by James White  

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While no one was expecting Shakespeare, the first G.I. Joe movie back in 2009 was largely derided as a moronic action-fest with a couple of decent set pieces and a duff script. So the sequel has a lot to improve upon. Based on the first trailer for Retaliation, it seems they’ve decided to try to make things right by adding a healthy dollop of Team Bring It.

 

Mr The Rock is all over this initial promo, which, while it also allows Joe veteran Channing Tatum and franchise newcomers Bruce Willis and Adrianne Palicki a few lines (plus clearly eeevil president Jonathan Pryce), is heavy on the Dwayne Johnson action.

 

The plot this time around borrows a page from Mission: Impossible, with the Joes framed as an international menace and the White House under the control of Cobra. With most of the team wiped out thanks to the corrupt machinations of the infiltrated government (a handy excuse to kill off most of the cast from the last film off-screen), it’s up to Tatum’s Duke, Johnson’s Roadblock and the rest of the survivors to take back their country. How do they do that? With guns and swords and vehicles and sexy dresses and holding their breath in deep water holes as bullets fly in, of course!

With Zombieland’s Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick on script duties, we're hoping for something better for director John M Chu (who last visited Justin Bieber: Never Say Never upon the world) to work with. So far, the trailer seems to be another round of mostly action. The cliff-face scrap looks fun, though. And as Fast Five proved, many things can be made better by including The Rock.

Boots will meet asses when G.I. Joe: Retaliation hits the ground on June 22.


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Your Comments

RE: Looks good.
Great. A movie made from 100% recycled stock footage and outtakes from every other Michael Bay and Michael Bay rip-off action movie of the past ten years. My pulse rate is at an all time high. More

Posted by directorscut at 18:18 on 15 December 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Looks good.
Enjoyed the 1st film and this looks quite good. Next year looks good for action films. More

Posted by NCC1701A at 14:10 on 15 December 2011 | Report This Post

Looks good.
Bruce Willis makes an epic entrance and great one liner, the girls are fit, Channing Tatum looks cool, nijas with swords, explosions and the ROCK with a machine gun, looks good! numba 1 was ok this one looks like an improvement. More

Posted by lewisb548 at 21:34 on 14 December 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Only thing to add...
Already looks a massive step up from the 1st 1. 1 minor quibble seems to be a distinct lack of Brits in the Joes line up. More

Posted by Wild about Wilder at 13:17 on 14 December 2011 | Report This Post

Only thing to add...
The Rock - check Bruce Willis - check Only thing could make this movie cooler - please say there's a part for Nathan Fillion! More

Posted by AndyKirk at 07:36 on 14 December 2011 | Report This Post

RE: ooh
e: Retaliation Trailer Strides In k and Bruce Willis makes this movie way awesome than the last one. More

Posted by Harry John at 07:13 on 14 December 2011 | Report This Post

RE: ooh
That's a cool version of Seven Nation Army. Movie looks a'ight too. More

Posted by jcthefirst at 23:18 on 13 December 2011 | Report This Post

ooh
Well that does look infinitely better than the first film did trailer wise, haven't seen the first one becuase it looked so stupid in the trailer but now this is much better hopefully they can carry that through to the end product, I will probably watch the 1st one now to get an idea of the universe GI Joe inhabits. More

Posted by durelius at 21:41 on 13 December 2011 | Report This Post

I so want this to be good, the trailer looks friggin kick-ass. More

Posted by BabsyBuck at 18:06 on 13 December 2011 | Report This Post

Only thing to add...
The Rock - check Bruce Willis - check Only thing could make this movie cooler - please say there's a part for Nathan Fillion! More

Posted by AndyKirk at 17:23 on 13 December 2011 | Report This Post

Well actually........
To be honest, i thought the first was a great big dumb fun movie and while this looks like being fun too action-wise and bringing the Rock in as Roadblock's a good addition, i really don't like what they've done with the sequel. Almost completely doing away with the original cast is a bad idea, especially as some of them really made the first one. Yes, i know new characters have to be brought in but how can you have a GI Joe movie without Cobra Commander, Destro, The Baroness or Scarlett? Jos More

Posted by cybercontroller at 16:57 on 13 December 2011 | Report This Post

Wow- Actually looks good!
This (the above) I wasn't exspecting...e'll see though. Probably it'll over do the cgi. However...Ninjaaaaaaaaaas! More

Posted by Cyberleader at 16:01 on 13 December 2011 | Report This Post

Team Bring It..
"Boots will meet asses" Admit it, your a secret WWE fan aren't you? More

Posted by top_ash at 16:01 on 13 December 2011 | Report This Post

Team Bring It..
"Boots will meet asses" Admit it, your a secret WWE fan aren't you? More

Posted by top_ash at 15:58 on 13 December 2011 | Report This Post

Team Bring It..
"Boots will meet asses" Admit it, your a secret WWE fan aren't you? More

Posted by top_ash at 15:57 on 13 December 2011 | Report This Post

Ninja!
If Tatum's dead my sister's gonna be pissed. Still least Snake Eyes is back. Yay! More

Posted by dgribble at 15:13 on 13 December 2011 | Report This Post

Duke dead?
Does anyone else think it looks like Duke vanishes after the "betrayal"? Swapping the rock in instead? More

Posted by docc at 13:42 on 13 December 2011 | Report This Post

Nice trailer. 2012 looks like the year of the rock. More

Posted by neillbert90 at 12:38 on 13 December 2011 | Report This Post

stripped back
It seems they have pared this back in response to the first film being criticised for too many charters, mnot enough chracterisation. But hell, what's wrong with dumb, fun action anyway? The first was very entertaining and this looks liekti will be too. I;ll be there (for the DVD at least, if not the cinema!) More

Posted by launcelot at 11:17 on 13 December 2011 | Report This Post

Did they just mix up Gi Joe with Die Hard?!?!?
Is this a Mash up of action Movies More

Posted by kjd17 at 10:50 on 13 December 2011 | Report This Post

Looks 20 times better than the first film at least More

Posted by filmburner30 at 09:53 on 13 December 2011 | Report This Post

RE:
I really enjoyed it, it looks like its gonna be fun action film which is a good thing More

Posted by azzman1984 at 09:29 on 13 December 2011 | Report This Post

looks fun - love the Bruce one liner More

Posted by mrwinky99 at 09:22 on 13 December 2011 | Report This Post


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