The marketing campaign for Jon M. Chu’s G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2012) has gone into overdrive of late as it nears its 3 August UK release date. After the drab G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra (2009), you could be forgiven for approaching the sequel with trepidation, but Chu – taking over directorial duties from Stephen Sommers – seems to have done a good job of combining gritty action with what already looks to be a more coherent story than its predecessor.
This time round, Roadblock (Dwayne Johnson, AKA The Rock) must lead the surviving members of the Joes against Cobra, who have infiltrated the government by placing one of their own as the President of the United States (Jonathan Pryce) and assassinated almost all of the Joe squad.
On top of the newly-released full trailer for the film, CineVue were privy to a presentation of extended footage recently which gave us an even better look at some of the impressive action set pieces. The ‘cliff-fight’ scene teased in numerous trailers in particular looks to be a show-stopper, and if nothing else it’s hard to deny that Retaliation looks frenetic.
Another reason for optimism is the inclusion of Johnson – who has gotten a reputation as a franchise rejuvenator recently after the success of Fast & Furious 5 (2011) last year – and Bruce Willis, who stars as the original Joe Colton. Watching these two bonafide action stars chew up scenery together will doubtless be entertaining, and one can only hope that they share a lot of screen time. Joining returnees Channing Tatum and Ray Park are Ray Stevenson as Firefly and Adrianne Palicki as one of the surviving members of the Joes, Lady Jaye (the rumours of Angelina Jolie playing the role seem to have been confounded).
G.I. Joe: Retaliation probably won’t be a game-changing release, but it does look like it will be a fun trip to the movies. Check out the new trailer below and make sure you head to CineVue for our verdict when it hits UK cinemas.
G.I. Joe: Retaliation is released in UK cinemas on 3 August, 2012.