I stand before you, humbled, and tasked with explaining, in comprehensible terms, just what the heck 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' is all about. Attaining comprehensibility, however, is a chore the filmmakers didn't wrestle with, doubling-down on pure adrenaline and big movie star charisma. It's a risky move and sometimes it works. Sadly, this is not one of those cases.
While there are chuckles to be had (I mean, that Cobra Commander helmet is just too incredible to dismiss) there isn't enough whiz-bang in this film to fully deflect the utter lack of a story or absence of intriguing characters. It is, surprisingly, the lesser of the two 'G.I. Joe' films, with Stephen Sommers' 2009 'The Rise of Cobra' featuring much more team spirit, pep and fun.
For his next disaster flick, Roland Emmerich wants to destroy the White House in 'White House Down,' and these new posters tease a seemingly perfect day in Washington, D.C. just before Emmerich blows everything up.
Sure, 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' may feature tons of big, explosive action, but a newly spot has us more interested in the dynamic between Dwayne Johnson and Channing Tatum, who come off like a well-honed comedy team instead of American super soldiers. Can this movie be as funny as it is exciting? We certainly hope so. See for yourself below.
The big selling point in all of the trailers for 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' so far has been the action. Ninja action. Tanks action. Motorcycle-turning-into-a-missile action. However, this new clip takes a step away from all of the explosions and carnage and offers a look at stars Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Channing Tatum, who get a chance to engage in some surprisingly funny banter.
Two new 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' TV spots have found their way to the internet, giving us further evidence that this long-delayed film actually exists and isn't something that we just dreamed up. Like the other trailers, these spots showcase a film that looks like everything a big, dumb blockbuster action film should be. Watch them below!
A new international trailer and TV spot for the long-delayed/eagerly anticipated 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' have appeared online and you can watch them below...but first, let's address the question asked in the headline at the top of this article. The answer is that there is never too many ninjas. Ever. Especially when they're sword fighting while rappelling off the side of a mountain. And there seem to be a lot of ninjas in this movie.
'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' is starting to ramp up their marketing with its upcoming release at the end of March, and we're always curious to see if there's new footage in the latest ads. Now there's two new TV spots that shows they know the tone and scenes their selling.
Press screenings of Steven Soderbergh's 'Side Effects' -- supposedly the director's final theatrical film before his self-imposed retirement -- were carefully monitored for latecomers. Stragglers who arrived after the screening began were greeted by signs like this one, reading that "due to the non-linear nature of this film, it would be unrewarding for you to enter at this point." This sort of thing is fairly unprecedented at press screenings (at least in my 10 or so years of experience), but they do resemble warnings that were placed outside theaters back in 1960, when what would become one of the most famous movies in Hollywood history was released to theaters -- a knowing wink from "The Filmmakers," as they signed their note, indicating their inspiration in this endeavor. That inspiration can be found here -- but be warned that clicking that link could probably be considered a spoiler.
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