Paramount Pictures has just released the trailer for one of their 2012 sequels announcing that Bruce Willis is going to be the new hero in “G.I. Joe: Retaliation”. To my mind, they used the wrong technique; they should’ve just asked ‘Who wants to see a movie with Channing Tatum, Bruce Willis and Dwanye Johnson?’ I know I do, so thank you, Paramount.
Director John Chu resorted to Bruce Willis because he thought the “Die Hard” actor is the only one who can save the world and the “G.I. Joe” franchise. Chu is aware that his first movie was not very well received by the public, but is convinced that Willis can turn critics in his favor. He could, if he only wiped that at-my-age-I-can-barely-hold-my-farts-look off his face.
You immediately start to question Willis’ ability to fit in the movie, just by looking at the trailer. First, you get to watch Dwanye Johnson showing off his muscles then, you take delight in simply catching a glimpse of Channing Tatum while bellowing something at his comrades, when all of a sudden you end up with grandpa Bruce in front of your eyes. Things wouldn’t be so bad if he didn’t try to act cool and make a wise-ass comment: “My cholesterol is a little high”. I bet you do old man. My grandma has the same problem.
Despite this, I can’t help noticing the wonderful soundtrack and video effects that the director has chosen for “Retaliation”. The trailer features a remix of The White Stripes’ single “Seven Nation Army” which goes hand in hand with the slow-motion fighting effects, as well as the theme of the movie. The film is definitely worth watching, if only for these two elements.
Speaking about the movie, Dwanye Johnson confessed that he spent a lot of time training because he wanted his part in the movie to be a success. He further added that his intention was to pay homage to the mythology of G. I. Joe and to the American military forces.
The movie is set to be released on June 29th, 2012. Until then, you can watch the newly released trailer by clicking on the following video.