I had the privilege of attending the Butt-Numb-A-Thon movie marathon in Austin this weekend. We were treated to 24 hours of new and classic movies with a few surprises scattered throughout. One noteworthy surprise was the new trailer to G.I. Joe: Retaliation.
This definitely is Jon M. Chu’s G.I. Joe. If you saw Step Up 3-D you know that was not a dance movie. It was an action movie, and the most insane outrageous action movie that the studios just aren’t making for us anymore.
Well, G.I. Joe speaks that language. You’ve got the trappings of army guys and governments and tactics and weapons. The plot of this sequel leads to a moment that’s so ‘80s cartoon Cobra Command, you won’t believe they had the balls to do it in a live action movie. It’s not the spectacle per se, but what it represents is the right direction for a crazy soldier action movie.
There’s a whole lot more of The Rock in this trailer than Channing Tatum, and a lot of new characters. The greatest new character makes his appearance at the end of the trailer in a classic badass style befitting his legendary persona.
But there are other sequences that promise to be Jon Chu masterpieces. A face off between squads of swordsmen in a certain setting looks like the perfect application of an action figure’s special accessories’ in a movie environment.
The whole tone of the trailer looks more hardcore, like not a bright glossy four quadrant pleaser, but one that knows what an explosion and a gunfight means. And this is just a trailer. We know how Chu can put together a movie. Hell, he even made Justin Bieber look cool!
You should be able to see the trailer for yourself this week and I’ve been purposefully vague about the best details so no spoilers. Of course, when you see them in the trailer, the rest of the movie better live up to this! The whole movie comes out June 29, 2012.