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Big Budget Bonanza: G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation

March 2, 2012

G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation (June 29, 2012)

Many people disliked the G.I. Joe movie that came out a few years ago. The general thought was that it was CGI dumb and  it was lampooned for its marketing push around Sienna Miller’s costume. I understand all of the complaints but for some reason my brain was able to turn off its “logic, intelligence and rational thinking” synapses. I enjoyed the movie despite all of its flaws. It was popcorn entertainment that I didn’t expect to be good.

This new G.I. Joe seems leaner, meaner and kills off almost all the original characters and brings back some from the dead. Director Jon. M Chu must have seen Byung-Hun Lee in I Saw the Devil and requested him back as a sweaty Storm Shadow.

The wisest addition to the cast is The Rock. He is guaranteed sequel gold (Fast Five, Journey 2). I’m also stoked to see Adrianne Palicki (Friday Night Lights) and Joseph Mazzelo (The Pacific). They will bring a healthy dose of acting and karate chops.

From what I gather from the trailer is that COBRA is kicking ass and a few badass Joes have to fight back. This will be no easy task because they will have to defeat tough guy extraordinaire Ray Stevenson and his masked minions.

The trailer did a great job of showing a grittier plot and rocked a thumping White Stripes techno remix of Seven Nation Army. Watch for the random Bruce Willis cameo in which he does that face when he shoots a gun. I’m wagering Joe 2 is going to be a decent popcorn flick that will improve upon the original.

Why you should see it: The Rock + Bruce Willis = a new and improved G.I. Joe that ditches the dumb for a slightly less dumb.

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