Release Date: March 29
Director: Jon Chu
Rating: Not Yet Rated
In this sequel to 2009's G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra the team find themselves hunted and on the run. While, the evil Cobra have seemingly defeated the Joes, you can bet that a new battle has just begun. -- That battle will involve ninjas, hot women, and explosions of global proportions.
What We Know:
This time around, the Joe team have a new alpha dog, or should we say "Brahma Bull," in Roadblock (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.") Unfortunately, he'll have a slimmer choice of people to boss around when an attack from the government practically eliminates the entire Joe team, leaving only a few survivors.
Of course, this attack was not the result of a crackdown on catchphrases and kung-fu grip, but rather, due to the machinations of the conniving terrorist group, Cobra. The Master of Disguise, Zartan (Arnold Vosloo) has impersonated and replaced the U.S. President (Jonathan Pryce) leaving the country's personnel and resources at the despotic disposal of the sinister Cobra Commander (Iron Man's Faran Tahir.)
Now, the streamlined Joe team of Roadblock, Snake Eyes (Ray Park,) Lady Jaye (Adrianne Palicki,) and Flint (D.J. Cotrona) seek out the help of the team's eponymous founder, retired General Joe Colton (Bruce Willis.) Can they stop this sinister plot? Will knowing still be half the battle? Will The People's Elbow be dropped on some jabroni?
What We Expect:
The storyline seems to parallel the recent G.I. Joe: Renegades cartoon series which also involves the Joe team being hunted and framed as criminals by a government compromised by Cobra. However, there also appears to be elements borrowed from the original 1980's comic book series, specifically the army of red ninjas connected to the origin of Snake Eyes and his longtime rival, Storm Shadow (Byung-hun Lee.)
With a script penned by Zombieland scribes, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (who are also attached to the long-in-limbo Deadpool solo movie,) and new-to-the-genre director, Jon Chu out to prove himself, there seemed to be a creative team that had a little more love for the source material than what we got with over-the-top, accelerator-suit-rocking Rise of Cobra. Thus, some sporadic old-school shoutouts would be expected.
On another note, the film's infamous year-long delay for 3D conversion and additional shooting may have expanded the role of Channing Tatum's Duke, who was clearly returning only to pass the leader baton to Roadblock before becoming a martyr. It might be the case that the studio rethought killing-off Duke since Tatum's star has recently shot into the stratosphere and he just might survive for a bigger role in a possible third film.
For more info on G.I. Joe: Retaliation, check out its official site.
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