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Posts tagged “GI Joe: Retaliation

G.I. JOE: RETALIATION Release Delayed

I had included G.I. JOE: RETALIATION in my list of Top Ten Science Fiction Films of 2012, based on the original release date of June 29.  Despite the first trailer being released with Super Bowl XLVI last February, Paramount announced that they would be pushing back the release until March 29, 2013.



Based on reports, the primary two reasons were to add 3D and to reshoot scenes with Channing Tatum.  The producers have apparently written out Tatum’s character’s early death and had to reshoot scenes with Dwayne Johnson, because in test screenings their relationship was praised.

I agree with the decision to make that rewrite.  Keeping Tatum’s character would strengthen the connection between the first and second movies, as opposed to having two movies based on the same premise but with different characters/stars.  I think this will make this upcoming movie better, and to be honest, this franchise needs all the help it can get.  If this movie tanks like the first G.I. JOE film did, the franchise might be done.

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Top 10 Sci-Fi Films of 2012 #7: GI JOE: RETALIATION

One of the most feast or famine films of the summer is G.I. Joe: Retaliation The first G.I. Joe film, The Rise of Cobra,  was  far too childish and action-figure-like, with very little real plot or character development past what a fourth-grader could have written.  That being said, the special effects were great and the brand/franchise is a popular one, so there is no reason why another film could not be very successful.

The new film stars Dwayne Johnson, Bruce Willis, and returnees Channing Tatum, Ray Park, and Arnold Vosloo, and is directed by John M. Chu (of Step Up 2 fame).

After the events of the first film, in which Zartan, under the influence of Cobra Commander, is undercover as the President of the United States, the G.I. Joes are soon framed as traitors.  They are soon exterminated, leaving only a few left to defeat Cobra.  These are led by Roadblock (Johnson), who recruits the original Joe, General Joseph Colton (Willis).

Before seeing the first full-length trailer, I do not think I would have bothered going to see this film in theaters.  However, after seeing Bruce Willis in all his action-movie glory, I think I will.

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