Thursday, 26 April 2012

Trailer: G.I JOE – RETALIATION [sponsored video]

Thursday, 26 April 2012

It's the latest trailer for G.I Joe: Retaliation, the sequel to 2009's G.I Joe: The Rise Of Cobra, this time directed by Jon M. Chu (Step Up 2 The Streets) and written by Zombieland scribes Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. Not that (G.I) Joe Public will care about any of that, as this summer movie will instead be sold on the cast: Dwayne "Don't Call Me The Rock Now" Johnson, Bruce Willis (inexplicably), Channing Tatum, alternate universe Wonder Woman Adrianne Palicki, Rome's Ray Stevenson, Robert Fitzgerald Diggs (okay, RZA), and Jonathan Pryce. Oh yes, the kids love themselves some Jonathan Pryce.

The Paper? The Scissors? No, it's The Rock.

The Stig refused to test drive a Skoda
G.I Joe 2 will probably involve a lot of retina-popping explosions, cool gadgets and macho vehicles, too. Strike that, there will be all of the above. The Rock has a pair of chain-link fence melting gloves! The President has an "advanced weapons system" capable of destroying entire countries many times over. Okay, forget the wimpy gloves. There's also mass suburban destruction being teased, with London razed to the ground because Cobra already destroyed Paris last time. (I hope this movie's set post-Olympics.) There are also masked men with swords, a hot woman in a bright red dress, abseiling ninjas, an almighty avalanche, and someone's put X Factor loser's Marcus Collins' "Seven Nation Army" through the "instrumental rock" filter. (Okay, okay, the White Stripes wrote that song, I don't want your hate-mail.)

What do you make of the embedded trailer? Are you a fan of these gigantic summer blockbusters that seem to cater for 14-year-old boys? Is society wrong to sneer at them? Based on the number of action figures they'll sell on the back of this, maybe a better title would be G.I Joe: Retail-iation? Is that a word?

Released: 29 June (US), 2 August (AUS) & 3 August (UK)

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